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By the turn of the 20th century the revival culture that shaped Methodism and was shaped by Methodism was fully mature and perhaps at its height. Rail transportation made it possible for evangelists and song leaders to make a very good living preaching at revivals, tent meetings, camp meetings, and protracted meetings. For example, the financial records of the Chappell Hill-Bellville Camp Ground Association reveal that the revival preacher received as much for two weeks work as the preacher appointed to the circuit received in a year.
Although most towns had church buildings, they often moved to open air venues such as tabernacles, brush arbors, and other more pastoral settings for these meetings. Often persons who had indicated their intention to join the church were advised by the preacher to wait until the revival so that the “members received” number would be inflated when the pastor reported the revival to the Texas Christian Advocate.
Another aspect of revival culture of the era was the use of theme nights during the revivals. There would be a Ladies’ Night when women filled the choir loft. Sometimes there was a mission night. In Abe Mulkey revivals, there was always one night dedicated to the Methodist Home in
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