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/
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