Impact of Evangelical Revival

[iv] Impact of Evangelical Revival: Besides the spiritual change in converts’ lives and the growth in the number of churches that sprang up, the impact of the Revival was evident in a variety of other, powerful ways. As many converts came from the working classes, education became very important to those without any schooling and this led to the development of Sunday Schools inspired by Robert Raikes. By 1810, it is estimated that 4% of the population attended Sunday schools. The founding of the first missionary societies began as a response to the need for the gospel to be taken to foreign lands. Philanthropic activity to reduce poverty, improve public heath, tackle the needs of orphans, the mentally ill, those in prison and so on, all stemmed from a deep desire by those touched by the Revival and its aftermath to reach out to those in need.

Return to Peter Flower’s article