George Whitefield (1714-1770) and the Great Awakening

The great preacher George Whitefield was attracting large crowds even before he was ordained. To his dismay, though, following his ordination in Oxford (England) in 1739, Whitefield found himself barred from many Anglican churches. Maybe some Church of England authorities were jealous of his success! Others were suspicious of his nonconformist views.

But this turned out to advantageous, and helped to further God’s plans for Whitefield’s contemporaries. Just over a month after being ordained, Whitefield began preaching in the open air. The success of this endeavour, and the large numbers of people who were brought to Christ through his preaching, led him to pursue a life of open air evangelism – which eventually led him to play an important part in the Great Awakening ‘across the pond’ in America:


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