Greg Laurie, bestselling author and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship of California and Hawaii, will host his 30th annual SoCal Harvest Crusade at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, California, August 23 - 25.
Called the “evangelist of the future” by the late Billy Graham, Laurie has preached the Gospel in person to millions of people throughout his life. His crusades in Southern California are the longest-running evangelistic outreach in American history.
“We have a lot to celebrate this year,” Laurie said during an interview for The Exchange with Ed Stetzer.
“Since 1990, over six million people have attended our Harvest Crusades in person, plus another 2.8 million who have tuned in via webcast. Our team has counted nearly 500,000 decisions for Christ. For all of this and so much more, we give honor and praise to God. But there’s still work left to be done,” Laurie continued. “Our country is in need spiritually. We need another spiritual awakening. We are praying for a 21stcentury Jesus revolution to sweep across America — and we are preparing for it.”
Laurie, a visionary with a heart for people, hosted his first Harvest Crusade in 1990, trailblazing a new approach to evangelism at the time. The 1990 crusade was “a casual evening of high energy music, authentic worship and a clear presentation of a biblical message.”
Since 1990, Harvest Crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 8 million people have attended Laurie’s evangelistic crusades in person or via broadcast online and on TV.
But while the Harvest movement has grown exponentially over the decades, its purpose has remained unchanged: reaching people with the Gospel. An estimated 535,736 people have made professions of faith in Christ through Harvest Crusades since 1990.
“Looking back,” Laurie said in a press release, “I can see God’s hand at work from the very beginning. It has always been a part of God’s plan for us to know him and make him known.”
The upcoming SoCal Harvest will feature three days of performances by renowned Christian artists Passion, For King & Country, Graham Saber, Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, Newsboys, Dennis Agajanian, and Chris Tomlin. Laurie will speak each night and will invite attendees to ponder questions of meaning, happiness, and eternity.
Special guests will also join Laurie at SoCal Harvest throughout the weekend. On opening night, Friday, August 23, Brennley Brown of The Voice will sing “God Bless America” during a military appreciation ceremony that will include the unfurling of an American flag across the stadium’s field. Darryl Strawberry - author, former MLB All-Star right fielder, and co-founder with his wife, Tracy, of Strawberry Ministries - will join Laurie onstage Sunday evening. Also speaking will be Eric Metaxas, best-selling author and host of the nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Radio Show.
SoCal Harvest, like every evangelistic crusade before it, is free to the public and is designed for all ages. No tickets are required for the event. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a $15 per car and a $30 per bus charge for parking at Angel Stadium.
Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation and special needs and wheelchair seating will be available.
SoCal Harvest will be streamed online on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Apple TV, and through various broadcast and streaming services.
To learn more about SoCal Harvest, visit harvest.org/socal-harvest-2019.
By NRB Staff
Published: August 8, 2019