Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
History, Church; Religion, General; Religion, History of
Rickards, Cheryl Ann, "Gilbert Tennent: An Analysis of his Evangelistic Ministry, Methods and Message during the Great Awakening" (2003). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 283.
Tennent was a revivalist in the Middle Atlantic and New England colonies. This project examines the ministry methods that Tennent is most known for, that of "preaching the terrors" and "searching preaching", both used to provoke examination of one's spiritual state. Tennent's morphology of conversion is examined. "The Tennent-Rickards Scale of Conversion" is proposed and compared to "The Engel Scale" of the spiritual decision making process. The spiritual problems in the churches of Tennent's day are examined. Several of Tennent's key evangelistic messages are also analyzed.