March for Jesus

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March for Jesus is an annual interdenominational event in which Christians march through towns and cities.


March in Bordeaux, France in 2011
March in São Paulo, Brazil in 2019

The March for Jesus began as a City March in London, United Kingdom, in 1987.[1] [2]It emerged from the friendship of three church groups: Pioneer, led by Gerald Coates; Ichthus led by Roger Forster; and Youth with a Mission led by Lynn Green.[3] Together with the worship leader Graham Kendrick, they led a movement which over the next three years spread across the UK, Europe and North America, and finally across the world. Hundreds of smaller marches emerged in its wake.

The march was established in several countries of the world, especially in France in 1991,[4] [5] in the United States in 1992 [6] and in Brazil in 1993, where it gathered 3 million people in São Paulo in 2019, one of the largest Christian gatherings in the world. [7]

Further reading[edit]

  • Graham Kendrick, Gerald Coates, Roger Forster and Lynne Green with Catherine Butcher, March for Jesus (Eastbourne: Kingsway, 1992)
  • Graham Kendrick Public Praise (Altamonte Springs: Creation House, 1992)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Gerald C. Ediger, The Proto-Genesis of the March for Jesus Movement, 1970-87, Journal of Pentecostal Theology 12.2 (2004), p. 247-275.
  2. ^ Stoyan Zaimov, 350,000 Evangelicals March in World's 'Largest Christian Event' in Brazil,, USA, May 30, 2016
  3. ^ William K. Kay, Apostolic Networks in Britain: New Ways of Being Church, Wipf and Stock Publishers, USA, 2007, p. 116
  4. ^ Evangeliques info, France: 8000 participants aux Marches pour Jésus,, France, June 1, 2015
  5. ^ AFP, Dans huit villes de France samedi, des manifestants en marche pour... Jésus,, France, May 6, 2017
  6. ^ Yannick Fer, L'offensive évangélique. Voyage au cœur des réseaux militants de Jeunesse en Mission, Labor et Fides, Suisse, 2010, p. 65
  7. ^ Caleb Parke, 3 million evangelicals march in Brazil: 'Our country belongs to Jesus',, USA, June 28, 2019