Nearing the end of 2005, Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie is still going strong, hosting events that serve as launchpads for the evangelistic crusades that he will conduct in 2006. On Nov. 22, some 60 churches in Hamilton, Canada will host a one-night outreach at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Place Theater.
The evening outreach, which features Laurie and Christian musical artists The Katinas, will kickoff a yearlong campaign to host the city-wide evangelistic crusade, the "Greg Laurie Greater Hamilton Harvest" at Copps Coliseum in 2006.
Pastor Ralph Mills of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle said, "It's so exciting to see churches across the community join together in anticipation of the Harvest events. Greg Laurie is one of the most phenomenal communicators I have heard, and people's lives will be changed by the message of the Gospel he shares in Hamilton." Mills is head of the organizing committee for the November event and the 2006 crusade.
The November outreach will feature a straightforward talk about faith from Laurie and music from The Katinas. In addition, Ron Mainse, host of Canada's 100 Huntley Street television program, will participate. The event is free.
This marks the second launch event since Laurie returned from his international crusades in September.
In San Jose, Calif., over 125 pastors and leaders gathered at the Double Tree Hotel on Oct. 25, to kick off a similar event that will culminate in the 2006 Greater Silicon Valley Harvest. The last large-scale evangelistic event in San Jose was held by Billy Graham in 1997.
Called the evangelist of the future by Billy Graham, Laurie engages the culture to make faith relevant and digestible to people today. Lauries talks encompass questions like: Why am I here? Is God real? What happens when I die?
Since 1990, Laurie's evangelistic Harvest events have drawn over 3.3 million to stadiums and arenas worldwide. Greg Lauries 2005 Harvests included those in Augusta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Anaheim, Calif.; Newcastle, Australia; and Christchurch, New Zealand.