Impacting Local CommunitiesHarvest Crusades®: More Than a Weekend Event
For Harvest, an outreach event doesn't begin when the first person walks into the stadium or arena, nor does it end when the last person leaves. Hosted by hundreds of local churches in cities around the world, the Harvest Crusades–also known as Harvest with Greg Laurie events–are months or years in the making and foster cross-denominational unity as communities work together to share the love of God with those around them. Through this process, thousands see powerful personal and corporate change as a result of a Harvest Crusade in their city:
Hundreds of Local Churches
By inviting Harvest Crusades to a city, hundreds of local churches from various denominations unite to form a hosting committee to organize outreach efforts. After the outreach, local churches follow up with attendees who made a decision to follow Christ and invite them to worship.
Hundreds of Volunteers
Hundreds of local volunteers help host each Harvest Crusade. Though many of the tasks are basic–helping with parking, passing out programs, stage set-up–many volunteers report real, lasting benefits from the opportunity to serve.
Providing Resources Specific to Each Community
Harvest provides resources for each crusade to meet the needs of different communities, from providing language-specific interpretation services to the creation of ancillary events like a Spanish-language crusade held in San Jose, California and a Native American outreach held in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Youth play a significant role in "getting the word out" about Harvest Crusade events, and in 2014 Harvest will make evangelism training available for local teens and young adults through a conference called Uprising on July 19. In addition, some 50 youth from Greg Laurie's church in Southern California, called the SWAT Team (Students with a Testimony), will pay their own way to Harvest Crusade cities to share the life-transforming message of the Gospel with people on the streets, on the beach, in coffee shops, and malls
Tens of Thousands of Podcast and Webcast Participants
Harvest makes most of its events available through live Internet broadcasts and multi-media providers like Roku, giving local communities one more way to invite people to participate in a crusade. Over the past seventeen years, more than 1.5 million people have viewed a live Harvest Crusade virtually, and thousands have entered into a relationship with Christ as a result.
In addition, hundreds of thousands of people across the country have participated in Harvest's evangelism campaign called Harvest America, where the message of the Gospel presented at Harvest Crusade events is taken to multiple sites across the U.S. via satellite and a live streaming webcast. The inaugural Harvest America event in 2012 drew more than 302,700 participants in its inaugural year, making it one of the largest evangelistic outreaches in U.S. history.
Since 1990, more than 421,000 people have committed their lives to Christ as a result of the Harvest Crusades and the message of hope presented at each event by crusade evangelist Greg Laurie.
Media ContactLaura Swickard McGowan
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