Tent revival

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A marquee tent set up for a tent revival in rural Pennsylvania, 2008

A tent revival is a gathering of Christian worshipers in a tent erected specifically for revival meetings, healing crusades, and church rallies. Tent revivals have had both local and national ministries.

The tent revival is a development of camp meetings in which religious people gather to hear a preacher. In the continental United States, tent revivals have ranged from small, locally based tents holding as few as a hundred people to large organizations with a fleet of trucks and tents able to hold thousands.

Most tent revivals in the U.S. have been held by Methodist and Holiness Christians,[1] as well as Pentecostal Christians. As radio and television began to play an increasingly important part in American culture, some preachers such as Oral Roberts, a very successful tent revivalist, made the transition to these media. Such pioneers were the early televangelists. Other evangelists who have been noted for their continued use of tents in crusades include David Terrell,[2] R.W. Schambach, Reinhard Bonnke and J. A. Pérez.[3]

Cultural representations

See also


  1. ^ "Winstead United Methodist Church plans tent revival". The Wilson Times. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-11-12.


  • Sims, Patsy. Can Somebody Shout Amen!: Inside the Tents and Tabernacles of American Revivalists. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. ISBN 0-8131-0886-1

External links

  • Early Texas Tent Revivals - Information on early 1900s tent revivals in West Texas.
  • History Archives, Tent Revivals by J.A. Pérez
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