The Harvest America annual evangelistic crusade led by California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie will be held at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, in November, the organizers have announced.
"Public proclamations of the gospel are disappearing across the national landscape," Laurie said in a statement. "I believe that Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the last bastions of a strong gospel culture, but unless we fortify the status quo, I fear it will gradually slip away. That is why I feel an urgency to join with churches across denominational lines to do something big and bold in this community on what may be the grandest of all national stages – AT&T Stadium."
The live nationwide event, streamed to thousands of host locations including churches, theaters, and living rooms, drew more than 20,000 people to the American Airlines Center in October last year, and tens of thousands watched the live simulcast.
This year's event will also be live simulcast around the country again.
The Harvest America 2015 will be held on Nov. 1 or 8, depending on the Cowboys' schedule, which will be known only next month. An organizational luncheon for area pastors has been scheduled for March 10 at the stadium.
"Harvest America is more than just a webcast, it is the body of Christ banding together to proclaim the gospel live across the nation," the event's website says.
The advisory team includes Dr. Mark Bailey of Dallas Theological Seminary; Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church; Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship; Dr. Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church; Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas; and Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church.
The goal of Harvest America is to impact a nation desperately in need of hope, the organizers say.
The event also features top Christian artists and a clear gospel message by Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California.
Laurie began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people, and today, that small group has emerged into a church of about 15,000 people, one of the largest in the United States.