Frequently Asked Questions
What is Harvest America?
Harvest America is a free nationwide simulcast event featuring top Christian musicians and a clear gospel presentation from Greg Laurie. This year's live host location will be at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. For more details about the local event, view our Philadelphia 2013 page.
Our vision is to partner with churches and individuals throughout the nation to create settings where communities can join together and invite their friends and relatives to comfortably come and hear a clear and precise presentation of the gospel, respond to its message, and be given direction and materials to assist in their new faith. To learn more about what Harvest America is, click here.
How much does it cost to attend an event?
Harvest America is free and open to the public.
What happens at a Harvest America event?
A standard event runs something like this: Worship begins with a "house band," which plays contemporary worship for all ages, followed by music from popular 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 get out of their seats and stand in front of the screen/stage. After a brief explanation, he will pray with those who have come forward to receive Christ. For more information on the follow-up/discipleship process, please see the "Follow-Up" section.
What time does the event start?
The live event will begin at 7:00P.M. Eastern Time/4:00P.M. Pacific Time although some host location's starting times may vary.
Where is Harvest America being held?
Harvest America will be held at many host locations across the nation, which will receive a live video feed from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Who is Greg Laurie?
Greg Laurie is the speaker at all Harvest events and Senior Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship. Find out more about Greg Laurie.
Can those unable to attend a local Harvest America event watch from home?
Yes, plese see our Viewing Options page.
What nights will the musicians be performing?
On Saturday, September 28 the guest artists will be Kirk Franklin, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Lecrae. On Sunday, September 29 the guest artists will be MercyMe and Jeremy Camp.
Does Pastor Greg Laurie get paid to speak at Harvest America events?
Pastor Greg receives no compensation for speaking at Harvest America.
Does Harvest Ministries profit financially from these events?
No. Harvest Ministries is one of the largest contributors of staff and finances for these events, and generally underwrites a portion of the event in addition to the direct costs to our organization.
How are Harvest America events paid for?
The budget for Harvest America is funded by Harvest Ministries, gifts from private donors and businesses from throughout the nation, and various churches that have chosen to partner with us to cover the costs. If you are interested in learning about how you or your church can partner with us in funding this outreach, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Each host site will be asked to participate in the freewill offering that will be held during each outreach. The funds raised through this will be applied directly to the Harvest America budget.
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.
To learn more about supporting Harvest America, please visit the Donate page.
Follow-Up With Believers
What happens when someone comes forward to accept Christ at a Harvest America event?
Someone making a profession of faith in Christ is paired up with a Decision Follow-Up Worker and receives a Start! Bible New Testament (or a similar Bible if the host location has chosen to use a different New Believer's Bible). The Decision Follow-Up Worker prays with and encourages the new believer. He or she also documents the person's decision to follow Christ. The documentation is given to a local church representative on the night of Harvest America. Within 48 hours of the outreach, 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.
What does the term "profession of faith" mean? Is it the same as a conversion?
We believe that only God has the power to "convert" a 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 as possible are given all the tools and biblical counsel that they need, and are also prayed for.
How many people have attended and responded at a Harvest Crusade event?
More than 4,405,000 people have attended Harvest Crusades in person, and more than 1,319,400 have viewed the live webcasts. Most importantly, more than 370,900 people have registered decisions of faith in Jesus Christ!