The Jesus movement has vanished from news media attention, but its spirit lives on. Last month on Paul Mast’s potato farm near Morgantown, Pennsylvania, an estimated 30,000 gathered for Jesus ’75. It was the largest crowd for such an event since Campus Crusade’s Explo ’72 drew 85,000 to Dallas.
The three-day event was punctuated by rain, turning the main program area into a sea of mud at times, but the downpour failed to dampen enthusiasm.
Tents, trailers, and camper vehicles of every description ringed the meeting area on three sides. Four huge circussized tents flanked the outdoor platform. Two tents, each with a capacity of several thousand, were used for teaching seminars. Another tent housed a busy book and record shop (some 300 copies of Strong’s Concordance were snapped up, and books by Francis Schaeffer moved briskly) plus display booths rented by Christian colleges, mission agencies, and other groups. A supermarket of sorts operated in the other tent. Tank trucks brought in 5,000 gallons of drinking water every hour or so.
Major program attention was given to Bible teaching. There were series of seminars on family life, evangelism, and Christian living. In between, a bevy of musicians kept the program moving. They included Chuck Girard (formerly of the Love Song), Ted Sandquist, Phil Keaggy, and the Andrae Crouch group.
The trend today is for more teaching content and less music, commented one of the leaders.
Among the speakers: Evangelist Tom Skinner; Lutheran pastor Larry Christenson, a specialist on the family; youth evangelists Larry Tomczak (a Catholic) and C. J. Mahaney, a dynamic 21-year-old who was clearly the favorite of many young people; Loren Cunningham, head of Youth With a Mission; Philadelphia pastor John ...1
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