Frequently Asked Questions
Harvest holds events in cities where pastors are currently working together to evangelize the community. The pastors and community leaders invite us to partner with them in that endeavor. If you know any pastors or community leaders interested in having a Harvest Crusades event in your area, they can send an inquiry by filling out this form.
Finances and oversight
No. Harvest is one of the largest contributors of staff and finances for these events, and generally directly underwrites a portion of the event in addition to the direct costs to our organization. Greg Laurie receives no compensation for speaking at Harvest Crusades or Harvest America.
Event costs are covered through a combination of funds from Harvest Ministries, gifts from private donors and businesses, and donations from participating churches. In addition, a freewill offering is held during crusade events. The budget for each event is decided by the local event’s Board of Directors and Executive Team, consisting of local church and Christian business leaders.
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. For events outside the U.S., a non-profit entity is generally established by the participating local churches for the event, allowing tax-deductible or tax-exempt donations.
A Board of Directors and Executive Team from the local community oversees the planning, preparation, and fundraising for the event. It is this team that is responsible for determining the event budget, getting other churches involved, raising funds, and assisting the Harvest team in training local volunteers and promoting the event to the public.
Follow-up and discipleship
Those making a profession of faith in Christ are paired up with a Decision Follow-Up Worker and receive a free Start! Bible. The Decision Follow-Up Worker prays and encourages the new believer. He or she also documents the person’s decision to follow Christ. The documentation is then given to a local church representative on the night of the crusade. Within 48 hours of the crusade, 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.
We believe that only God has the power to “convert” a person’s 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 people as possible are given the tools, prayer, and biblical counsel that they need.
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No; Harvest outreach events are free and open to everyone. Venues sometimes charge fees for parking, and carpooling is always encouraged. Harvest does not receive any compensation from venues for parking or concessions.
Typically each event begins with contemporary worship music, followed by music from popular special 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 come down from their seat and stand in front of the stage. After a brief explanation, he will pray with those who have decided to receive Christ.