In the interim, the Afro-Methodists of Nassau persevered, raising up within their church three exhorters
and preachers of color.
(177) Lay exhorters
and itinerant preachers--few of whom were formally educated in the faith--led meetings and love feasts that yielded a rich harvest of converts, especially along the fringes of society.
(53) See, e.g., "Two chapters about how the exhorter
[uveshchatel ] [ought to] interact with those held under guard" (RGADA f.
He actively engaged in the same pursuits himself and, at Suffield, he willingly ceded his ministerial authority to gifted lay exhorters
. Prior to Ebenezer Gay's ordination, the Suffield church had observed the practice of admitting church members without a written relation of the candidates' religious experiences, and Edwards's apparent willingness to welcome ninety-seven new communicants to the Lord's Supper without a thorough examination testifies to his continued commitment to his grandfather's innovative sacramentalism and ecclesiology during the peak months of the Awakening in the upper Valley.
Have to write thing down, since writing is the fashion these days." As Carib is the last in the lines of Caribs the exhorters
, the hope is that the children will carry on the business of remembering.
What, we might wonder, was the attraction of these long-winded exhorters
(34) Members 1819; Probationers 1822-1832; Stewards, Exhorters
, Leaders, Local Preachers 1818-1835; in Methodist Episcopal Church Records, vols.
They were the chief fund-raisers in missionary departments and the chief exhorters
in worship services.
Ironically, the gang of exhorters
on the platform at the Philadelphia volunteerism summit -- Clinton, Powell, Bush, Ford -- are among those of one generation who helped create the mess and despair that the creative dissenters of the next generation are now called on, as altruists and idealists, to ease.
Why did the authors of the Bible choose mainly to be storytellers rather than blunt exhorters
with a moral tag at the end of each story?
In positing the existence of a moral code, universally true in its application, these exhorters
accidentally brought into question the fundamental maxim of democratic government: that people either by representatives or by themselves determine the rules of their society by majority vote.
They also perceived that religion offered them some autonomy over part of their lives, and therefore eagerly seized the opportunity to participate actively in leadership roles from leading prayers and classes to becoming exhorters