Together 2016 to Unite Americans on National Mall for Historic Event

06/23/2016 01:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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Nick Hall, evangelist and founder of the PULSE movement, is calling for one million people to gather in Washington, D.C. on July 16 to lay down their differences and stand for Jesus on the National Mall. The event, called Together 2016, aims to bring people from all backgrounds together for a unified day of prayer and worship, asking Jesus to reset the nation.

"During this political year we see so many people of faith becoming negative, critical and jaded," Hall said. "Where is our help found? Where is our hope found? Not in political leaders. What better time to do something on a large scale that draws our attention back to where it really matters?"

If successful, Together 2016 will become the largest Christian gathering in American history.

The event will be free to the public and will feature a lineup of more than 40 speakers, pastors, artists, and leaders from various backgrounds -- including Pope Francis (who will be delivering a video message), Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Francis Chan, Lecrae, Passion, and Crowder, to name a few.

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At the heart of the program is the message that Jesus offers a "reset" from the issues that divide the nation -- from politics and race to social issues and theological differences. Hall has been sharing this message at events all over the world and hopes to deliver it on a larger scale at Together 2016 in order to spur a national catalytic change centered on the hope and example of Jesus.

"Jesus changes everything," Hall said. "He changed history and he can change anyone's life. Jesus doesn't discriminate; he says, 'Come one, come all.' If you're looking for a second chance, if you think there's a need for healing, then come."

So far, nearly 1,000 churches nationwide have pledged attendance, and people are travelling from countries as far flung as Africa, China, and Hungary to attend.

In addition to the main program on July 16, PULSE is also partnering with many local organizations to coordinate service opportunities within a 100-mile radius of Washington, D.C. for individuals, youth groups, and churches to participate in during the week leading up to the event.

Hall hopes the event will inspire widespread impact.

"I believe this is a generation that can change the world," he said. "I want to see us turn from fear to hope, from hate to love, from division to friendship, and from shame to grace."

For more information on Together 2016, visit Reset2016.com.