Tent revival

Tent revivals are 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.

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

The tent revival is generally a large tent or tents erected for a community gathering in which people gather to hear a preacher in hopes of healing, peace, forgiveness etc. In the continental United States, from an administrative perspective 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. From a relational perspective whether one tent or thousands The Tent Revival has been and is a place where all are welcome to come and meet with the God of Christians.

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]

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  1. ^ "Winstead United Methodist Church plans tent revival". The Wilson Times. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-11-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


  • 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

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