On this date, April 2, 1739, John Wesley preached in the open air to miners for the first time. He was frustrated that the Church of England was not giving him a pulpit to preach from. So initially, while feeling quite humbled, he began to preach outdoors to audiences that would listen to him.

Those crowds increasingly grew. Some scholars estimate that he would eventually preach to crowds outdoors numbering in the tens of thousands.

John Wesley begins preaching outdoors

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