WASHINGTON (RNS) Nick Hall is hoping to repeat what Promise Keepers did almost two decades ago -- bring a massive crowd to the National Mall.
Hall, a layman on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals, says he feels the country is too divided and needs to come together in faith.
“The goal is that people can come from different backgrounds and that we can unite under this belief that we need to look at Jesus as a leader and as an example,” said Hall, 33, the head of Pulse, a Minneapolis-based organization that plans large prayer and outreach events for young people.
He said that unlike the 1997 men’s event, he’s seeking both men and women for the “Together 2016” event on July 16, 2016, and forecasts that 1 million will show up.
Hall said there will not be a focus on party or denomination, or stances on abortion or gay rights. Instead, he looks to the example of Billy Graham, who was able to draw a wide swath of Christians to stadiums across the globe.
Although the event has a number of committed evangelical speakers (Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell) and musicians (LeCrae, Hillsong United), Hall said he’s reaching out to Catholic and mainline Protestants as well.
(Adelle M. Banks is production editor and a national reporter for RNS)