Greg Laurie

Pastor Greg Laurie, whom the Rev. Billy Graham has called the evangelist of the future, is partnering with nearly 100 churches in New Zealand to hold one of the largest evangelistic outreaches ever in the area.

His Harvest Crusade, scheduled for April 28-30 at the 8,500-seat Westpac Centre in Christchurch, was preceded last September by a launch rally at Christchurch Town Hall that featured music from award-winning artist Rebecca St. James and an evangelistic message by Laurie.

“With Harvest, we intentionally engage popular culture, using it as a bridge to reach millions of people with the simple, timeless message of the gospel,” said Laurie in a statement. “We’re especially glad to work alongside Christchurch-area churches to offer this life-changing message that is relevant to adults, teens, and children alike.”

Local communities, which have held monthly prayer meetings, have distributed more than 10,000 Harvest ’06 bumper stickers, and pastors from across New Zealand plan to attend the crusade.

Laurie held a two-night crusade in Auckland in September 2003 and spoke in the Christchurch Town Hall in October 2004 as well as last September.

Laurie will be joined by top Christian artists, including Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline and the Katinas. A special night called Amplify will be held to especially target teens and young adults on the Saturday of the crusade.

Since 1990, Harvest has drawn more than 3.3 million people to stadiums and arenas in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Evangelist Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California – one of the eight largest churches in America.

Last year, in Newcastle, Australia, Harvest ’05 drew more than 25,000 people, representing more than 15 percent of the city’s total population.

Laurie is a regular WND columnist and author of “Are We Living in the Last Days?” and “The Great Compromise: And How Christians Can Avoid Living on Both Sides of the Fence”

Check out Laurie’s books at ShopNetDaily:

“Are We Living in the Last Days?”

“The Great Compromise: And How Christians Can Avoid Living on Both Sides of the Fence”

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