About Harvest Crusades

Since 1990, Harvest has hosted large-scale evangelistic outreaches throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. More than 5.3 million people have attended, with over 450,600 making professions of faith in Christ.

Harvest Crusades are designed for Christians to invite others to hear the life-changing gospel in a nonthreatening environment, and are held at the invitation of unified local churches wanting to impact their communities. In addition to music from top Christian artists, each event features a biblically-sound and culturally relevant gospel message from Pastor Greg Laurie, including an invitation to accept Jesus Christ.

With a vision to reach even further using technology, viewers around the world can connect via live webcasts, apps, podcasts, and social media in addition to radio and TV broadcasts.

In 2012, an annual nationwide simulcast event called Harvest America was born—extending Harvest events into churches, theaters, and living rooms across the country. With thousands of host locations, over 429,500 have attended one and more than 33,300 responding to the gospel invitation.

Frequently asked questions

  • General Information

    • Is there a cost to attend an event?

      No; Harvest outreach events are free and open to everyone. Venues sometimes charge fees for parking, and carpooling is always encouraged. Harvest does not receive any compensation from venues for parking or concessions.

    • How can I stay informed about future events?

      You can get all the latest updates, plus behind-the-scenes content and more by connecting on social media or via e-mail:

    • What happens at an event?

      Typically each event begins with contemporary worship music, followed by music from popular special guest musicians. Then Pastor Greg Laurie gives a clear and relevant evangelistic message from the Bible. Pastor Greg will invite those who would like to receive Christ as Lord and Savior to come down from their seat and stand in front of the stage. After a brief explanation, he will pray with those who have decided to receive Christ.

  • Event process

    • How does Harvest choose where to hold an event?

      Harvest holds events in cities where pastors are currently working together to evangelize the community. The pastors and community leaders invite us to partner with them in that endeavor. If you know any pastors or community leaders interested in having a Harvest Crusades event in your area, they can send an inquiry by filling out this form.

  • Finances and oversight

    • Do Greg Laurie or Harvest profit financially from these events?

      No. Harvest is one of the largest contributors of staff and finances for these events, and generally directly underwrites a portion of the event in addition to the direct costs to our organization. Greg Laurie receives no compensation for speaking at Harvest Crusades or Harvest America.

    • How are these events paid for?

      Event costs are covered through a combination of funds from Harvest Ministries, gifts from private donors and businesses, and donations from participating churches. In addition, a freewill offering is held during crusade events. The budget for each event is decided by the local event's Board of Directors and Executive Team, consisting of local church and Christian business leaders.

      Harvest Ministries is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so gifts to Harvest Ministries are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. For events outside the U.S., a non-profit entity is generally established by the participating local churches for the event, allowing tax-deductible or tax-exempt donations.

    • Who oversees the local events?

      A Board of Directors and Executive Team from the local community oversees the planning, preparation, and fundraising for the event. It is this team that is responsible for determining the event budget, getting other churches involved, raising funds, and assisting the Harvest team in training local volunteers and promoting the event to the public.

  • Follow-up and discipleship

    • What's a "profession of faith"?

      We believe that only God has the power to "convert" a person's heart to Himself. We use the term "profession of faith" to indicate that a person made a public, formal profession of a desire to follow Christ and live by His Word (whether that be a first-time commitment or a recommitment). While many of these people will be discipled, grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and bear lasting fruit, we know that this is a matter of the heart and some will not continue on in the Christian faith (see Matthew 13). This is the reason that there is a follow-up process in place—to ensure that as many people as possible are given the tools, prayer, and biblical counsel that they need.

    • What happens when someone makes a profession of faith?

      Those making a profession of faith in Christ are paired up with a Decision Follow-Up Worker and receive a free Start! Bible. The Decision Follow-Up Worker prays and encourages the new believer. He or she also documents the person's decision to follow Christ. The documentation is then given to a local church representative on the night of the crusade. Within 48 hours of the crusade, local churches mail letters and make phone calls to the new believers. To ensure the success of this step, Harvest Crusades utilizes mailings and other resources to encourage the local churches to follow up with all new believers. Harvest also has follow-up curriculum available for churches that haven't yet developed their own.

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