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Musical line-up and pre-event concert announced
ARLINGTON, Texas, April 3, 2018 – The annual Harvest America outreach, scheduled this year for June 10 at AT&T Stadium, will bring back to the DFW Metroplex some of the popular musical guests who performed at the 2016 event, and will add several new musicians to the line-up, including a pre-event concert featuring several Christian hip-hop/rap artists.
Those returning to perform for the second Harvest America at AT&T Stadium include Chris Tomlin – often called “America’s Worship Leader” – and alternative rock band Switchfoot. New artists for the main event are Crowder – a contemporary Christian singer/songwriter/instrumentalist with Texas roots and a style dubbed “folktronica” – and Phil Wickham, an alternative pop/rock Christian singer/songwriter/worship leader from San Diego.
In addition, Harvest America is planning a pre-event concert featuring three top Christian rap/hip-hop artists, Trip Lee, K. B. and Tedashii. Each will perform a couple of their own songs and then they’ll all collaborate on two other pieces to close out the concert. This event will begin at 5:30 as pre-show entertainment, as the doors will open at 3:30 and attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
In addition to the early venue-opening time, parking lots and gates will open earlier than at the previous Harvest America at AT&T Stadium in 2016, in which 90,000 people participated. Traffic was a bit of an issue and many arrived too late to get inside the stadium, so this time around, parking lots will open at noon and stadium gates will open at 2 p.m. There will be a party atmosphere on the East and West Plazas as lines form for entrance, providing live music and crowd interaction from the Air1 Radio Stage.
Large groups and churches are also encouraged to register their busses or large passenger vans in advance for access to a reserved bus lot. The parking fee is $50 per bus or van, and wrist bands will be sent for the number of pre-registered attendees, reserving them seats inside until 5 p.m. The parking fee for cars is $15 and will be collected by parking attendants at each lot. Admission to the event itself is free.
Evangelist Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., first began holding large-scale evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades in 1990. Since that time, more than 7.9 million people have participated in Harvest Crusades events in person or online around the United States.
In 2012, Laurie launched Harvest America, a nationwide event using the internet to simulcast live HD video to thousands of locations across the country. With an unprecedented 306,000 Americans in live attendance, Harvest America ranks among the largest presentations of the gospel in US history. Harvest Crusades have also been held internationally in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. More importantly, some 506,644 people have made professions of faith through these outreaches.
Following the Billy Graham Crusade model, Harvest events are held at the invitation of local churches working together to reach their communities for Christ. More than 300 DFW-area churches participated in Harvest America 2016, and it is anticipated that an even greater number will take part in Harvest America/Crossover 2018, due in part to the cooperation between Harvest and the Southern Baptist Convention. Crossover is the outreach part of its annual meeting, and this will be the second year for the events to merge, culminating with an evangelistic message from Laurie.
Local pastors spearheading the effort include Dr. Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Pastor Bryan Carter of Concord Church of Dallas and Rev. Robert Morris of Gateway Church.
"When it comes to reaching the lost, I’m grateful that every generation has a Billy Graham, and Greg Laurie is a Billy Graham to our generation,” Morris said.
Harvest America is the coordination of hundreds of churches around a live broadcast site and thousands of host locations across the nation coming together on one night to bring the life-saving message of the gospel to their community through a large-scale evangelistic outreach. With music from top Christian artists and a biblical message from pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie, Harvest America presents the hope of Jesus Christ in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. More information is available at https://www.harvestamerica.com/
Last event at AT&T Stadium drew more than 90,000 in 2016
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 5, 2018 – Harvest America will work with hundreds of local churches and thousands of simulcast locations from around the country to bring a Gospel message from Pastor Greg Laurie and music from top Christian artists to AT&T Stadium on June 10.
“As our country continues to be so bitterly divided, the Gospel and a spiritual revival are our only real solutions,” Laurie said. “Our prayer is that God will use Harvest America 2018 to launch a revolution that will bring light to a world that is increasingly dark and energize a new generation of Christians to courageously share their faith in Jesus.”
In 1990, Laurie began holding large-scale evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades, and in 2012 he launched Harvest America by using the internet and satellite technology to simulcast live video to thousands of locations across the country.
Admission is free.
The last time Harvest America came to the Dallas area in 2016, it attracted a crowd of more than 90,000, believed to be a record for a one-day evangelistic event in the U.S., and more than 180,000 viewed the event at 7,200 remote locations in all 50 states and 123 countries. The total audience, including more than 95,000 around the world viewing the webcast at www.harvestamerica.com, surpassed 350,000.
Laurie has also held crusades in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The Harvest America team will be working with an advisory board of local pastors and ministry leaders including Dr. Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Pastor Bryan Carter of Concord Church of Dallas and Rev. Robert Morris of Gateway Church.
"When it comes to reaching the lost, I’m grateful that every generation has a Billy Graham, and Greg Laurie is a Billy Graham to our generation,” Morris said.
Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, Crowder and Phil Wickham will be the musical guests June 10 at AT&T Stadium, with others to be announced.
“On ONE DAY, we will gather as ONE CHURCH, to proclaim ONE MESSAGE: that Jesus Christ is the answer,” Laurie said.
Laurie serves as senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, based in Riverside, California, which oversees the Harvest Crusades. The ministry exists for the purpose of presenting the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and to help believers mature in their faith. More information is available at https://www.harvestamerica.com/
Volunteers to Invite Community to Sunday Night Crusade Featuring Greg Laurie, and Musicians Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, Crowder and Phil Wickham
ARLINGTON, Texas — April 2018 — The North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Crossover emphasis and Harvest America are partnering for a second year in the host city of the annual Southern Baptist Convention with an evangelistic event. People living in and visiting the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex are invited to the June 10 Crossover Harvest America event at AT&T Stadium.
For 30 years, NAMB’s Crossover events have brought together state conventions, associations, and local churches to host a multitude of evangelistic initiatives in the host cities of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting. Last year in Phoenix, the emphasis moved to a single evangelistic opportunity, partnering with Harvest America for the nation’s largest one-day, free evangelical event, bringing together hundreds of churches and thousands of host locations around the country for one night, either in person or via simulcast, to share the gospel with their community.
“We are excited and encouraged by the efforts of both Crossover and Harvest America to reach communities with the truth of the gospel,” said Joel Southerland, NAMB executive director of evangelism. “We know we can do more together than we can apart, and this is an incredible opportunity to truly partner together for the sake of the gospel.”
For Crossover, volunteers from across the country will arrive to the SBC Annual Meeting early to participate in outreach opportunities that will culminate with volunteers and people from local communities gathering together for the Crossover Harvest America evangelistic crusade on Sunday evening.
“It is a great honor and a great opportunity for Harvest America featuring Greg Laurie to be the culminating event of Crossover this year in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex,” said John Collins, executive pastor for Harvest Christian Fellowship and the executive director for the Harvest Crusades. “We look forward to partnering with Southern Baptists and other evangelical churches across the denominational spectrum to bring the gospel to the metroplex.”
Crossover kicks off on Friday, June 8, with evening training services at each of the nine launch churches located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. These evangelism trainings will also include a time of worship and prayer. Each launch church will coordinate specific morning and afternoon community outreach efforts to promote the Crossover Harvest America event. The teams from each church will reunite at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for Harvest America on Sunday, June 10. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. (Central), the pre-concert with no live-stream begins at 5:30 p.m. (Central) and the main event runs from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Central)
To learn more about Crossover and Harvest America, or for information on how to get involved, visit https://www.harvestamerica.com/crossover.
ABOUT HARVEST AMERICA
Harvest America is the coordination of hundreds of churches around a live broadcast site and thousands of host locations across the nation coming together on one night to bring the life-saving message of the gospel to their community through a large-scale evangelistic outreach that includes music from top Christian artists and a biblical message from pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie.
ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD
The North American Mission Board exists to help Southern Baptist churches take their next missional step. It accomplishes that through Send Relief compassion ministries at the local and national levels and through Send Network, which helps Southern Baptists plant churches throughout North America.
Harvest America, SBC, United Greater Dallas Offer Programs June 8-9
DALLAS, May 17, 2018 – Harvest America will partner with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Unite Greater Dallas and local subject matter experts to present the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) at three area locations June 8-9.
COPE is part of Crossover 2018, a program of evangelistic and compassion ministries, including Harvest America, leading up to the SBC’s annual meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The Crossover Harvest America evangelistic crusade will be held June 10 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
SBC leaders have praised Crossover for the impact it has had on communities hosting the annual meeting. John Collins, executive director of Harvest Ministries, said COPE offers a snapshot of the obstacles, decisions and consequences of poverty.
“Real families who live in poverty have graciously shared their stories so that COPE can expose people to real situations,” he said. “In a typical scenario, organizers assign participants roles to play – either family member or service provider, such as a school or grocery story. Then the group simulates a month in which they have to pay bills, buy food, manage transportation, etc. It’s an eye-opening experience for most people.”
Participants will also have the option of participating in a compassion-related activity. The topics and area locations are:
Veterans and poverty: Veterans Resource Center; 4900 S. Lancaster Road, Dallas, Texas 75216; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, June 8.
The vulnerability of low-income children with a focus on human trafficking: Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, Texas 75007. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
Racial discrimination and inequities: Woodcreek Church, 3400 E. Renner Road, Richardson, Texas 75082. 1-5 p.m., Saturday, June 9.
Rebecca Walls, executive director of Unite Greater Dallas, praised COPE for the way it highlights “important aspects of poverty and its effect on related issues such as homelessness, education, mental health and more.”
For more information, please visit https://www.harvestamerica.com/cope.
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In First Stadium Crusade since the Passing of Billy Graham, Greg Laurie Encourages Believers to Carry Evangelistic Torch to the Next Generation
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 11, 2018 – A crowd of more than 35,000, according to stadium officials, heard a message of hope and faith from Evangelist Greg Laurie and watched a video tribute to the late Billy Graham at Crossover Harvest America, an evangelistic crusade at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night.
“There will never be another Billy Graham, but we must all carry the torch of proclamation evangelism to the next generation,” Laurie said. “When Billy Graham was here at the Cotton Bowl 46 years ago, the Jesus Movement was exploding and the world was uprooted. Today, there are more mobile devices than there are people. And because of the explosion of technology, we are the first generation with the ability to fulfill the Great Commission in our lifetime.
“How many of you think America needs a revival?” he asked rhetorically. “There is hope for America tonight; it’s not a political solution, it’s a spiritual solution – our nation has spiritual roots, regardless of what the revisionists say.
“We need another Jesus Revolution, and I pray it starts here tonight. I pray this Gospel message will spread like wildfire across Texas and America,” Laurie added.
He shared “the one message that brings hope to a hopeless culture,” in the first stadium evangelistic crusade since Graham died in February.
“I’m going to ask you to put aside your biases and preconceptions tonight and listen with your heart,” he said. “I’m going to share something with you that can change your life.
“We think today in our culture, ‘if only I could be rich and famous, then I will be happy’. This week alone, look at what happened. Two well-known celebrities took their own lives – designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain. Wealth, possessions, all the things the world has to offer – drugs, sex, drinking – will not make you happy,” Laurie said.
He said he wanted people to leave the crusade knowing they would go to heaven when they die. “God will forgive you for whatever you’ve done,” Laurie said. “Don’t live another day without Jesus Christ.”
Laurie noted that current events seem to mirror biblical prophecy of the end times. “I don’t know when the end of the world will come, but the end of my world or your world can come earlier than expected,” he said.
Laurie said that being a good person isn’t enough. To get into heaven, you must turn away from your sins and accept Christ. “God does not grade on the curve,” he said. “He grades on the cross.”
More than 2,300 individuals came forward at Laurie’s invitation to make a commitment to Christ, filling the field. Each person who responded was given a New Believer’s Bible by a trained counselor who said a prayer with them.
The event was broadcast around the world via satellite and the Internet, with more than 92,000 individuals viewing online. In addition, this crusade was the first opportunity for people to extend the Harvest feed via Facebook Live to their followers. This year also marks the largest live radio broadcast audience of any Harvest event to-date, with more than 800 radio outlets carrying the AT&T Stadium live feed.
The crusade featured music from top Christian artists such as Phil Wickham, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Trip Lee, Tedashii, KB and Switchfoot. Admission was free.
This year is the second time that the Harvest Crusades have partnered with Crossover, the evangelistic outreach preceding the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas this year. Another 600 individuals made faith decisions as a result of the Crossover activities.
Three hundred eighty local churches worked on the crusade. Dr. Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church, a member of Harvest America’s advisory board of local pastors and ministry leaders, gave the opening prayer during the simulcast portion of the event.
Laurie, who has held crusades in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, serves as senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, based in Riverside, California, which oversees the Harvest Crusades. The ministry exists for the purpose of presenting the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and to help believers mature in their faith. More information is available at HarvestAmerica.com