The Tabernacle Church of God

The Lord is my shepherd

PSALM 23

by king David

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Tabernacle Church of God is a local church congregation, located in the City of Sarnia, Lambton County, South-Western Ontario. 

We are a member church of the Church of God in Ontario.



The Tabernacle Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God.


Commitments to Our Mission and Vision


MISSION


The mission of the pastor and the church can be summed up in these words: “Teaching & equipping believers for the work of the ministry which includes, setting a standard of excellence in word, faith and deed that others can emulate”.

( Ephesians 1:17-19; 4:11&15 )


Vision


1. PRAYER


We commit ourselves to making prayer the highest priority of the church demonstrated by:

    •Every local church becoming a house of prayer for all nations.

    •Emphasizing communication with God as the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every member.

    •Modeling by all church leadership of an active and effective prayer life.

    •Uniting with other believers in corporate and intercessory prayer.

(Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17; Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:14, 15; I Thess. 5:17; I Tim. 2:1-4, 8; James 5:14, 15)


2. PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP


We commit ourselves to gather regularly as the local expression of the Body of Christ to participate in Pentecostal worship that exalts God, engages the heart, mind and soul, and challenges to deeper commitment and discipleship. This commitment will be demonstrated by:

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT We commit ourselves to identifying and developing individuals whom God has called and given leadership gifts and challenging them to become servant-leaders. We will demonstrate our commitment by: Creating an environment in which men and women with ministry gifts are developed to serve as servant-leaders. Equipping, empowering and releasing lay leaders to serve as ministry partners both inside and outside the local church. Providing relevant resources and training opportunities for both clergy and laity. Encouraging pastors to lead through vision, to communicate the vision to the congregation and to organize the body and each of its ministry groups so the vision can be realized. (Mark 3:13-15; 2 Tim. 2:2; 2:15; 3:14-17; Eph. 4:11-13). 

CARE We commit ourselves to the challenge of being a church that genuinely cares for one another and for those who are lost, hurting and needy. We will demonstrate our commitment by: Building loving, caring relationships within families, between members, and within the communities we serve. Obeying the Care Commission of Christ in Matthew 25. Cultivating compassion and showing mercy to the unloved, the undesirable and the unreached of our society. Establishing in each local church some type of outreach ministry that demonstrates our genuine concern and love for the disadvantaged or oppressed. (Psa. 86:15; Mat. 25; Luke 6:36; Acts 20:28) local churches in planning and preparing for meaningful, anointed worship.

    •Equipping pastors and other worship leaders to lead authentically expressed, spiritually alive worship.

    •Modeling varying styles and forms of worship that glorify God and encouraging outreach and service.

    •Emphasizing the importance of Biblical stewardship and the centrality of God’s Word as elements of worship.

(John 4:24; Psalm 29:2; Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Isa. 58; Mat. 25:31-46)


3. EVANGELIZATION


We commit ourselves to intentionally reaching the unconverted, baptizing them in water, and leading them to unite with the church. This commitment will be demonstrated by:

    •Viewing all the nations of the world as our mission field.

    •Encouraging our local churches to adopt and intercede for an unreached people group. Resource materials will be provided by the World Missions Department.

    •Asking all national churches of the Church of God international to adopt and implement measurable steps to evangelize and disciple unreached people groups inside and outside of their own regions (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 15:19-24; Revelation 5:9).

    •Encouraging every local church to increase a minimum of 10% per year through conversion growth.

    •Cultivating a genuine passion for the lost that will compel members to personally communicate the gospel of Jesus and demonstrate His love to those outside the faith.

    •Discipling new believers and passing on our faith to the next generation.

    •Practicing life-style evangelism.

(Mat. 9:37-38; Mat. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15)


4. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT


We commit ourselves to identifying and developing individuals whom God has called and given leadership gifts and challenging them to become servant-leaders. We will demonstrate our commitment by:

    •Creating an environment in which men and women with ministry gifts are developed to serve as servant-leaders.

    •Equipping, empowering and releasing lay leaders to serve as ministry partners both inside and outside the local church.

    •Providing relevant resources and training opportunities for both clergy and laity.

    •Encouraging pastors to lead through vision, to communicate the vision to the congregation and to organize the body and each of its ministry groups so the vision can be realized.

(Mark 3:13-15; 2 Tim. 2:2; 2:15; 3:14-17; Eph. 4:11-13)


5. CARE


We commit ourselves to the challenge of being a church that genuinely cares for one another and for those who are lost, hurting and needy. We will demonstrate our commitment by:

    •Building loving, caring relationships within families, between members, and within the communities we serve.

    •Obeying the Care Commission of Christ in Matthew 25.

    •Cultivating compassion and showing mercy to the unloved, the undesirable and the unreached of our society.

    •Establishing in each local church some type of outreach ministry that demonstrates our genuine concern and love for the disadvantaged or oppressed.

(Psa. 86:15; Mat. 25; Luke 6:36; Acts 20:28)