YOU MATTER TO GOD
YOU MATTER TO US
the tabernacle church
THE TABERNACLE CHURCH
HAS BEEN A PILLAR OF THE SARASOTA COMMUNITY
FOR OVER 60 YEARS
WE ARE A NON-DENOMINATIONAL
OUR BELIEFS ARE FIRMLY ROOTED IN
AND OUR MISSION IS TO
INTRODUCE EVERYONE TO
MEET THE TEAM
& Pam KITCHENS
Most of my ministry, I served as a Senior Pastor in Southern Baptist churches. I graduated from Southwest Baptist College, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and
Mid-American Baptist Theological Seminary and thought I had my theology neatly wrapped in a nice little system. But, in March 2000 I experienced the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit that dramatically transformed my life. I received what many refer to as the baptism “in” the Holy Spirit. The experience was so profound that it caused me to reevaluate my theological position on the Holy Spirit. I now feel I have a proper balance between the Word and the Spirit. I am not sure who made the following statement, but this is where I have theologically landed: “If you have the Word but not the Spirit you will dry up. If you have the Spirit but not The Word you will blow up! If you have The Spirit AND The Word you will grow up.”
EVANGELISM + MISSIONS
We envision our Tabernacle family actively engaged in sharing with others the
good news of the love and forgiveness that is found in a personal relationship
with Jesus Christ and in taking this good news to our community and the world.
DEVELOPING FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
We envision a church that trains and disciples its people in spiritual disciplines that integrate biblical
principles and values in daily living, in developing servant leadership, and in reproducing other servant-leaders.
RELEVANT BIBLE TEACHING
We envision people at every age level that will measure and weigh
each and every issue and decision of life with the Truth of God’s Word.
We envision a people who are convinced of the power of prayer to
impact and alter people’s physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual needs.
GOD'S EMPOWERING PRESENCE
We envision a people that are contagious with the fullness of the Holy Spirit,
consumed with His presence, and empowered to live a victorious Christian life.
We envision a church that is known for engaging in intimate, passionate worship,
during which worshipers continually pursue the presence of God to the degree that
His presence is spiritually and physically sensed, and lives are transformed.
EQUIPPING FOR GIFT-ORIENTED MINISTRY
We envision a people who know who they are in Christ and take the opportunity to serve
the body of Christ through the spiritual gifts and passions that God has placed within them.
COMMUNITY OF LOVING + CARING RELATIONSHIPS
We envision a people that, through small group interaction, are intentional in their efforts to
build loving, caring relationships within families, between members, and the community they serve.
A MULTICULTURAL CONGREGATION
We envision the Tabernacle Church becoming a multicultural congregation where people of
all generations, races, and ethnicities will desire to make the Tabernacle their church home.
A COMMITMENT TO ACCOUNTABILITY + INTEGRITY
We envision a church in which staff and members maintain a standard of excellence, spiritually
and morally, in our relationships within and outside the Tabernacle family. The integrity of our
character as leaders and members of the Tabernacle is crucial to building a healthy church. We are
committed to personal and financial integrity and to practice personal and corporate accountability.
WHERE Is the tab LOCATED?
4141 Desoto Road || Sarasota, Florida 34235
Approximately 2 miles west of I-75 off University Parkway
WHEN ARE YOUR SERVICE TIMES?
Sunday 10:15am || Wednesday 7pm
BEFORE YOU ATTEND
At the Tabernacle Church, our goal is to develop Spirit-filled followers of Christ.
We know everyone is at a different stage spiritually, so don't feel like you've
got to have it all together to attend our church; EVERYONE is welcome.
We recommend that you come 15 minutes before the service starts. This will give you
time to visit the Welcome Center – ask any questions you have, get a tour, and your free gift!
This will also give you time to get any kids checked into Powerhouse Children's Ministry.
Find your way to the worship center, pick a seat and get ready for an awesome service!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Here at the Tab, we have a very casual and relaxed environment.
We want you to come as you are! Jeans, shorts, or a suit? It’s up to you!
DO YOU HAVE COFFEE?
Yes! We have FREE coffee before Connect Groups at 9am provided by our Tab volunteers.
WHAT'S THE MUSIC LIKE?
We have a live band that helps usher us into a time of worship and praise.
Feel free to join in and sing along, silently follow along by
reading the words on the screen, or just relax and enjoy the music.
CAN MY KIDS SIT WITH ME?
YES, OF COURSE!
We do feel it is important for our kids to learn in an age-appropriate
environment where they can learn, play, and experience God at their level.
We provide the following:
Nursery: for children ages 3 months – 4 years old - All Services
PowerHouse: for children ages 5 – 12 years old - All Services
WILL I BE ASKED TO GIVE MONEY?
We receive an offering each service where we pass the offering bags through the rows.
If you are a guest at the Tab, we only ask that you fill out the welcome guest card located
in the bulletin as a perforated tear-off and place it in the offering bag. If you are a member
of the Tab, we believe giving to God and His church is part of being a Christ follower.
WILL I BE EMBARRASSED DURING SERVICE?
No way! We never point out guests, ask them to stand or single them out in
any way. We would always love the opportunity to meet you at our Welcome Center
in the Foyer after service – we just want to thank you for coming!
WILL I BE BORED?
We want to engage you in our services. We use songs, videos, teaching and other
creative elements to bring the Word and help you connect with God in a meaningful way.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
The Welcome Center is directly in front of you as you enter the Worship Center.
You will be greeted with smiling faces and excitement about what God is doing here.
Any questions you have can be answered at the Welcome Center! We look forward to meeting you!