March for Jesus
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March for Jesus is an annual interdenominational event in which Christians march through towns and cities.
The original March for Jesus took place in Melbourne, Australia in 1983. It was the brainchild of Roger Marks, the Victorian Secretary of the Festival of Light. He was assisted by the Maranatha Christian Church led by Mark McClimens. Approximately 7,000 took part and the March finished at the Myer Music Bowl with a victory celebration. Guest soloist was Esther King and guest speakers were Harry Westwood and Brian Willisdorf. Everyone who attended was asked to bring a banner that focused on Jesus. The March made the evening TV news and it mentioned the vast display of banners.
The March for Jesus in the United Kingdom began as a City March in London in 1986. 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. 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.
In 1994 the first Global March for Jesus covered every time zone and involved over ten million Christians from over 170 nations. It is estimated that, by the final Global March for Jesus on 10 June 2000, over 60 million people in 180 nations had taken part in the March for Jesus.
Although the founding organisation disbanded after the 2000 march, March for Jesus continues in many countries in multiple and varied initiatives. In the United States, Jesus Day is the day that many thousands of people gather to pray and march in the name of Jesus.
- Graham Kendrick, C. Peter Wagner Churches That Pray: How Prayer Can Help Revitalize Your Congregation and Break Down the Walls Between Your Church and Your Community (Ventura, Regal, 1993) 150
- 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)
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