The Crusade for Christ started in Chicago when a group of ministers convened to discuss techniques that would consolidate and strengthen the efforts of the local congregations. To this end, the group concluded that a major evangelistic campaign would meet their objectives. Dr. Daniel Harrison was chosen to orchestrate and lead this movement. Thus, the Crusade for Christ was born.
As Dr. Harrison embarked upon this endeavor, he soon realized that this effort would dominate his total being. To meet the impending challenges, he had to draw upon his professional training in organizational development and communication. These skills, along with the support and prayers of the Chicago ministers and their congregations, became his greatest assets.
The Crusade’s basic philosophy is centered around holistic evangelism. The founders believed that if Christians, in the faith, nationwide, came together, many amazing things would materialize.
They all worked tirelessly, as a spiritual army, to actualize this reality. In 1979, the onset of the dream came to fruition as 3,000+ Christians convened at the McCormick Place Convention Center on the scenic lakefront of Chicago, IL. The dynamic preaching of evangelist G.P. Holt caused many to reevaluate themselves and their institutionalized religion. Above all, 150 souls were added to the body of Christ.