• Deacons

    The Deacons are a select group of men “of good repute, full of the spirit and of wisdom” (Acts 6:3). They assist the pastor in spiritual matters pertaining to the church. They are essentially responsible for the general welfare of the church and its membership. They are to foster evangelism, visit the sick, serve communion, care for the needy, strengthen the fellowship, pray for the growth and development of church, pastor, and people. These men are carefully selected by the Pastor, approved by the Deacons, and then ratified by the church body.
  • Deaconesses

    The Deaconesses “must be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things” (1 Timothy 3:11). They are generally the wife of a Deacon or Minister of the church. They assist the Pastor and the Deacons. Their duties are many, among which are helping those in need, preparing the Communion Table, assisting candidates in preparation for Baptism, and generally striving to serve the church and the community. These women are carefully selected by the Pastor, approved by the Deacons and Deaconesses, and then ratified by the church body.
  • Trustees

    The Trustees consists of a group of men and women who act as the stewards of the church’s finances, properties, and possessions. Among the major duties of the Trustees are: maintaining or improving the church property; holding the property of the church; arranging for minor repairs; advising the church relative to major repairs or improvements; and account for all the church finances. The Trustees are res ponsible for the recommendation and review of the church’s annual budget. These men and women are carefully selected by the Pastor, approved by the Deacons, and then ratified by the church body.
  • Christian Education

    We must be equipped in our knowledge and understanding of God’s word. Christian Education leads to spiritual growth and maturity, teaching us how to apply God’s word to our daily lives. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” —2 Timothy 2:15
  • Church School

    Designed to meet the educational and spiritual needs of our children, youth, and adults so they may grow into mature Christian disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Church School provides the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the scriptures by researching the Bible and asking questions. We have classes for all ages.
  • Bible Study

    Bible Study is the foundation of effective Christian education. It effectively equips believers to grow spiritually and develop into mature followers of Christ. Attendees develop a deeper understanding of the Bible and an appreciation of each other’s perspectives and insights on the Bible and Christianity.
  • Nurture for Baptist Churches (NBC)

    The purpose of NBC is to equip church members for discipleship and personal ministry; teach Christian theology and Baptist doctrine, Christian ethics, Christian history, and church polity and organization; equip church leaders for service; and interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS)

    This is a one-week Bible-based curriculum held each year in July. VBS is a time for parents, students, the community, and the church to come together to learn, to be challenged, and to enhance their individual knowledge about Jesus Christ. On Friday evening, there is a program where everyone assembles together to share what they have learned during the week. We have classes for all age groups.
  • Family Matters

    The purpose of Family Matters is to strengthen and build families through the study of biblical principles and practical education. We discuss issues that are pertinent to the family from a Biblical perspective. Family Matters meets on the first Sunday of each month. Everyone is welcome and breakfast is served.
  • General Missionary Society

    The General Missionary Society reaches out to the community by spreading the love and the word of Jesus Christ in tangible ways. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” Matthew 25:34-36
  • Angel Tree

    Since 1992 the General Missionary Society has sponsored an annual Jesus birthday party for children of incarcerated parents. Angel Tree shares the love of Jesus by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children. On average, we serve about 35 children each Christmas. Unfortunately, the number of families we serve is increasing each year.
  • Prison Outreach

    Several members have been trained to go within our penal institutions to counsel and witness to inmates. Our choirs have traveled to several institutions to sing, praise, and pray. The Disciples of the Lord’s Supper Pageant have unveiled at the Last Supper scene. In addition, we provide Bibles to inmates when the need arises and is requested by the Chaplain of an institution.
  • Food Pantry

    For over three decades, we have provided emergency groceries to families in need. Our Food Pantry is licensed through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and is available weekly to Franklin County residents. We also partner with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to provide food baskets at Christmas and host produce markets throughout the year.
  • Choices/Baby Layette/Blankets for the Homeless

    The General Missionary Society annually collects toiletries and paper products for Choices, a direct service provider of accredited domestic violence programming in Central Ohio. Clothing, diapers, and bottles for newborn babies are collected throughout the year and given to Church Women United that administers the Baby Layette Program. Blankets and pillows are collected for the Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Association (EUMBA) Women’s Auxiliary that, in turn, makes distribution to the homeless each winter.
  • Music

    “O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing ye praises with understanding” Psalm 47:1, 6-7. Music ushers the people of God into the presence of the Spirit and nurtures the soil so that the word lands upon fertile ground with an array of choirs to fit just about any genre, age or group. We have various choirs to ensure that each worship service is full of the message of God in song and praise. Our choirs sing a rich selection of hymns, anthems, traditional, gospel, and contemporary music.
  • Angelic Choir

    The Angelics have a strong reverence for the traditional gospel favorites of the past and present. The choir sings with strong convictions and determination by making melodious sounds unto the Lord.
  • Brotherhood Chorus

    The rich harmonies of male voices fill the sanctuary when the Brotherhood sings. Rooted in quartet-style singing as well as newer arrangements, these gentlemen bring a robust musical element to worship.
  • Children & Youth Choir

    Our talented young people sing praises with energy and youthful zeal. Consisting of young people ages 5 to 18, they bring a musical message for worshippers of all ages.
  • Voices of Praise

    The Voices sing a wide spectrum of gospel music with a message of inspiration for all. Styles from traditional to contemporary are used to touch all who hear them.
  • Mass Choir

    All voices in the Music Ministry combine several times a year to render all manner of sacred music.
  • Drama / Worship Arts - The Lord’s Supper Pageant

    Easter 1985 witnessed the inaugural performance of the Lord’s Supper Pageant. This stirring spirit-filled musical drama portrays the biblical stories of Jesus and reveals the true passion of Christ’s death and resurrection. The Pageant has become an annual ministry of the Tabernacle Baptist Church and for 24 years the Sanctuary was transformed into a dramatic worship experience that attracted visitors from all over the United States. The Pageant grew in size and depth and by 2006 the cast and crew grew to over 200 participants. In 2010, in celebration of the 25th Annual Lord’s Supper Pageant, the drama was moved to the 600-seat Historic Lincoln Theatre and witnessed three complete sellout performances. In 2011 and 2012 the drama was celebrated at the Historic Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus.
  • Drama / Worship Arts - The Mimes

    The purpose of a Christian Mime Ministry is to share the love and joy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But first and foremost it is to always give the glory to God. Mime is a visual way of communicating the gospel in a unique and creative way, and it tells a story. The black markings over a white face represents a new life in Christ. The ministry includes three (3) groups: children, youth, and adults. They serve on the 3rd Sunday at Tabernacle, at other churches throughout the community by request, and on special occasions.
  • Hospitality

    This ministry greets visitors before they enter the sanctuary for worship service. During the worship service, they acknowledge our visitors and extend a warm welcome to them in hope that each individual will experience a Christ-centered, spiritually oriented atmosphere.
  • Nurses

    Nurses are trained in CPR and church nursing procedures. The purpose of this ministry is to provide support and comfort to members and guests during regular worship services, funerals, and special events. This includes rending first aid and emergency care to injured or ill individuals. They also serve when we are guests of another church.
  • Ushers

    Church ushers are the doorkeepers in the house of the Lord. Ushers greet and direct members and guests to appropriate seating in the sanctuary, pass out church bulletins and other items as requested. Ushers serve during all worship services, designated church-wide events, and at funerals. We have Senior, Young Adult, and Junior Ushers.
  • Pastor’s Service Ministry

    The purpose of this “service” ministry is to assist the Pastor in serving members with special needs, visiting pastors and other guests, and with community needs. They send cards to our sick and shut-in members and render service to the Pastor in anyway that allows him to better serve the church.
  • Outreach Ministries - The Samaritan Project Development Corporation (SPDC)

    In February 2002 the Church gave birth to the Samaritan Project to serve as its community outreach arm. The Samaritan Project provides Homebuyer Education Seminars and since March of 2003 has enrolled more than 3,000 attendees. Additionally, the SPDC provides credit counseling, financial management, and has built 18 new construction homes in the Devon Triangle neighborhood that had not experienced new residential growth in more than 30 years. The SPDC has assisted nearly 300 families to secure mortgages for homes and currently works with clients involved in a foreclosure crisis.
  • Outreach Ministries - Youth Fellowship League

    Tabernacle Baptist Church was instrumental in the establishment of the Youth Fellowship League in 1995 where it grew to over 15 participating churches of different denominations. The League provides an outlet for many of our youth to experience athletic competition in basketball and volleyball in an environment ordained by the Church. In 2010, the name was changed to New Saints Sports League and includes referee classes. A banquet and trophies are awarded to participants at the end of the basketball season.
  • Outreach Ministries - Summer Camp

    Established in 2001, Summer Camp has been very successful as it provides a safe and positive environment during the summer months for children and grandchildren of our Church members and the Columbus community. Partnering with United Way in 2007, the Summer Camp awarded 30 free scholarships to students. In 2010, we were awarded a grant funded through the Franklin County Commissioners and the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services to serve 35 eligible children. Academic reinforcement, physical enrichment, strong character nurturing, and fellowship highlight the 10-week session.
  • Outreach Ministries - Health Ministry

    Our Health Ministry was established in February 2005. The congregation has focused on health issues that disproportionately impact the African-American community, i.e., smoking, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Our Annual Health Fair, which involves seminars and workshops from medical experts, has been an important tool to identify and address these issues. Valuable information and resources are available for all ages in our effort to keep our community spiritually, physically, and mentally healthy.
  • Outreach Ministries - Golden Agers

    The purpose of this ministry is to meet the social needs of Tabernacle’s golden agers. Throughout the year, our seniors are involved with activities that encourage them to participate in social outings (plays, movies, dinners); fellowship outings (interacting with other groups from various churches); and activities embedded in the church and its mission.
  • Outreach Ministries - Children and Youth Activities

    Children and youth are an intricate part of the ministries of the church. In addition to their involvement in Church School, NBC and VBS, children and youth are encouraged to participate in the Mime Ministry, sing in the choir, and become involved in Youth Sunday, which occurs the 4th Sunday of each month. Young people can also play basketball, attend periodical Lock-ins at the church, college tours and other social outings, such as bowling.
  • Computer Lab

    We are doing our best to alleviate that digital divide. Our Computer Lab is available to members and neighbors to receive instruction on the computer. Classes are held weekly and are designed to meet everyone where they are for the best benefit.
  • Outreach Ministries - Geraldine Sain Waller (GSW) Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in April 2005 and is named in honor of our late First Lady of Tabernacle. The purpose of this scholarship is to promote greater equality of educational opportunity for an eligible student of Tabernacle Baptist Church. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a college-bound, graduating high school senior of Tabernacle Baptist Church. The scholarship is funded by special donations, fundraisers, and loose change.
  • Outreach Ministries - Tab Light Newsletter

    A quarterly publication, the Tab Light, was created in November 1998 to provide members with articles and important information reflecting the life of our membership. The staff works hard to provide a product that is visually appealing as well as spiritually beneficial to all.

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