So, What is a Harvest Crusade? by Mo Nakatsui


Glad you asked. Although I don’t have first-hand knowledge, Harvest Crusades are very much like the Billy Graham Crusades of my generation. It is a large-scale evangelistic outreach with the cornerstone of each event being a Biblically-sound, culturally relevant, gospel presentation by Pastor Greg Laurie. Unlike the Billy Graham Crusades, however, these are designed to reach a new generation with a contemporary format that appeals particularly to the youth.

In 1990, with little more than personal experience, deep conviction, and great vision, the Harvest Crusades were born as Laurie, along with Chuck Smith, pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, developed a simple strategy for presenting Christ's gospel message in a contemporary format. A plan evolved for a casual evening of hip music, authentic worship, and a clear presentation of a Biblical message. More than 90,000 people attended what was the first Harvest Crusade in 1990. Since then, Harvest Crusades has put on large-scale evangelistic outreaches around the United States and in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. More than 4,405,000 people have attended the event in person, and more than 370,900 people have registered decisions of faith in Jesus Christ.

So, whether you are young, feel young at heart, or just like to be around the energy of young people; plan on attending this year’s Harvest at Angel Stadium on August 25 & 26 or Dodger Stadium on September 8 & 9. The Saturday event starts at 6pm, the Sunday event starts at 4pm, admission is free. Make sure you take along a relative, friend or neighbor who really needs to hear the gospel message. There’s no greater way of “loving others” than to introduce them to the Father-God who loves them.