Nick Hall on How He Came to Christ, What He Sees in Today’s Young Generation, and His Vision for the Future of His Ministry

Nick Hall is the founder of PULSE Movement and has been referred to as the next Billy Graham because of his evangelistic work.

At the time of recording, you just finished your Together 2018 event in Dallas. Tell us about that.

We gathered at a NASCAR track, Texas Motor Speedway, and really just had a vision of seeing one of the largest equipping events that America has seen in decades, trying to equip a generation to move closer to Jesus, and really to move closer to the world that needs Him and just really trying to rally a generation of revivalists and from pastors and evangelists or even going into the workplace. It was full of preachers. Everybody from Sammy Rodriguez and Todd White, Ravi Zacharias, Francis Chan, Priscilla Shirer, Brian Houston to artists like Jesus Culture, Bethel, Hillsong, Lecrae, Christine D’Clario and many, many more.

There were over 50 people on the platform. There were thousands of organizations that partner towards this and we saw over 100,000 people flow through the track and get hands-on training, equipping, and it was just an incredible, incredible experience. I would say probably the most in-depth equipping time I’ve ever seen or been a part of. I’m just so excited about what God is doing this generation.

How did you first come to Christ and get this vision?

I came to faith at a young age, and God had some grace early on to protect me from a lot of the things you hear from different people’s testimonies. From the time I was a little kid, I really had a hunger for the things of God. And my mom, actually, we knelt by her bedside when I was probably 4 years old, and I surrendered my life to Jesus, and just wanted to know God, wanted to be a part of the things that God was doing. Immediately, I just felt this urgency for the gospel.

And it’s kind of funny to say that because I have kids now, and I see it in them. But man, when I was a kid, I was telling everybody about Jesus. I mean, kids on my baseball team, kids in the neighborhood—there’s really not a time in my life I can look back at that I wasn’t seeing people come to Christ. I’ll even joke with people that no one had to ever tell me that share my faith. I actually will joke that I had to go to church to learn not to share my faith, because sometimes it’s not popular for people to be bold. It’s just been this incredible ride. But that’s really how it started.

You’ve traveled a lot with people like Greg Laurie, Billy Graham, Todd White and now Francis Chan. How did you meet up with these incredible men of God?

It’s been a crazy ride. I’m from North Dakota, and I didn’t come from a ministry home. My parents were ordinary lay believers in love with Jesus, but they never had those kinds of connections or people that could immediately open doors for me. I was 17-18 years old when I experienced just a real strong sense that I was on earth to preach the gospel. Specifically, I just felt this urgency and passion that I wanted to tell more than a billion people about Jesus. I remember this vividly. And then there was this word that I had of, “My life exists to put Christ at the pulse of a generation.”

It was in my notebooks, and that eventually turned into this college English paper at a secular university, and that led to all these opportunities. When God calls you, He opens the doors for you, and He goes before you. It’s not a matter of you making it happen. I always love to encourage people who are stressed and worried and anxious, it’s like, man, all the good things that happened from God, they just happen. Yes, there’s a role we play in trying to be proactive and certainly trying to pursue holiness. But man, every good thing in my life, it’s just happened naturally, like God opens the next door, opens the next door. And it’s as you are being faithful where you’re planted that God loves to open up what’s next for you.

There I am; I’m surrendered to this call. And all of a sudden, I start getting opportunities to travel with people like Billy Graham and Luis Palau and others. It just started to steamroll into these chances for me to travel with these men of God who had really impacted my parents’ and even grandparents’ generation. I really learned under them as we traveled around the world: India, Africa, Europe, North America. That was really my training. All the way through college, I was traveling to crusades and revivals and different meetings. Then simultaneously while I’m serving under these men and women of God, I’m trying to lead my own efforts and trying to start where I’m planted—reaching my friends, reaching my classmates.

That’s how Pulse started in the midst of that, just university campuses from North Dakota to Minnesota to Wisconsin. It’s grown now to become a coast-to-coast movement. I mean, we’re in front of about a million students every year just in the United States alone.

I love to encourage people [this] this is like from the next generation for the next generation. This is a tangible answer to the prayers of intercessors and people crying out to God. This year alone and again, we’ve already seen 150,00-plus young people this year give their lives to Christ in the US. And so we just see kids are hungry. They’re searching. It’s happening from Texas Motor Speedway to university campuses to small coffee shops and just sharing the gospel everywhere we can go. We can’t not talk about Jesus.

How does your ministry compare to Graham’s or Palau’s?

I always think that God raises up for each generation exactly what that generation needs. Billy Graham specifically, he came about a time when people were largely writing off the next generation. There was a lot division in the church and that started a youth movement. Youth for Christ was kind of the banner that they launched under. That wasn’t a time of a bunch of megachurches or even megaministries. It was a new thing to have a youth grassroots movement. In the same way, we really see this as a grassroots youth movement. We might not be called Youth for Christ. Maybe it’s called Pulse. Maybe it’s called Together. But honestly, the name doesn’t really matter. What matters is it is a generation coming after God, and saying, ‘We want to follow Jesus. We want to be a part of the things that God’s doing, whether that means people being healed, whether that means people being saved, or set free, we just want to see people unleashed into what God’s calling is for their lives.’

Graham and Palau started in the 40s. Here we are starting in the 2010, 2015 and into today, and now, it’s grown. Similarly, I would say is just that calling to unite. We really feel called to be a neutral vehicle. I’m often kind of in between a lot of different streams and movements, and even I think Together was a great example of this. I mean, we had Todd White on the platform, who’s up there just calling down heaven, signs and wonders and deliverance. Then on the same platform, we have a leader from the Russian Orthodox Church, who is very stoic, but just in love with Jesus. In the middle of those movements is Pulse, and it’s our team of just saying, “Man, can we come together? Can we unite around Jesus, the need we have? Is there room at our table that we can actually see a demonstration of what it’s going to be like in heaven?”

I always loved to encourage my friends or fellow believers that heaven is not going to be a bunch of people just like you. It’s going to be different streams, different expressions, like different movements—and then, how awesome is that? Man, if it were just people like us, it would be so boring. But heaven is going to be so beautiful in its diversity and diversity of worship styles, diversity of prayer, diversity of people groups and ethnicities. I just think that’s really our calling. Certainly, we picked up that baton from leaders like Billy Graham and others who went before just trying to unite.

Something that’s different about our ministry, though, is we certainly are more charismatic than some of the previous more neutral evangelical movements. But that’s also a personality trait of the next generation. We’re not wanting to play it safe. Just last night in the hotel lobby here. I mean, we were our team was gathering, we’re celebrating what God is doing. And then all of a sudden, somebody was talking about having cancer, and then all of a sudden, it’s a huddle of people praying out this cancer out of this man’s body, and just praying and asking God for healing.

I think past generations, especially in the evangelical world, it kind of was almost like a tagline of “Don’t put the Lord your God to the test.” That almost becomes a little bit of, “We don’t want to do anything that would potentially make God look bad.” It’s almost like, “We want to give God a back door in case He doesn’t want to answer our prayers.”

I just think this generation is much more like, “You can’t make God look bad.” Like, “He is God. He doesn’t need our help. And so let’s just believe Him for the greater thing. And let’s trust him for revival, awakening. Let’s trust Him for all the gifts that God has for his people. We ultimately just believe He does not want us to be these lifeless, powerless believers, but He wants to unleash us. He’s given us the Spirit, and He’s given us revelation. He’s given us truth. He’s given us the gospel. We have all the weapons we need, and the time is now.”

What do you see happening among this generation?
I think it’s just a willingness to walk across every aisle. It’s so easy to be labeled. It’s so easy to just be in one stream. I just think this generation longs for everyone, and I think there’s just an openness to God speaking in different ways. There’s an openness in just the reality that we don’t have all the answers, that my vantage point isn’t the only one. Obviously, we have all the answers from God’s Word. We have all the history from Jesus. There’s no question on what’s truth, and there’s no compromise in that.

But I think at the same time, I think it was easy in past generations to feel this sense of being dogmatic or looking down on those who are different. With this generation, there is just like a willingness and a desire to learn from those who are coming from a different perspective than your own. I think that positions them both for a greater depth of understanding of Scripture and understanding of the things God is doing. But it also positions them to be even more effective evangelists, even more effective apologists, even more effective revivalists, because there is a willingness to go out there and meet people where they are, understand where they’re coming from, and then see where God is moving in their lives and intersect right there with the power of God and the power of the gospel. There is so much happening that people write off as negative that I actually see as part of God’s narrative for what’s potential.

Someone may say, “All these kids are so into technology, and maybe they’re exposed to too many worldviews.” I’m like, “Yeah, they are. That’s their greatest asset.”

Or, “Oh, man, they’re not good at this.” Well, they might not be good at that. But they’re really great at eight other things that previous generations weren’t great at. I think God is positioning them and has created this situation that maybe the enemy intended for evil, but God can always redeem and work out for good.

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SOURCE: Charisma News