Who We Are
Since its inception, Tabernacle of Prayer has been an active member of the Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.), currently under the leadership of Bishop Charles Blake. It serves in the Second South Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under the leadership of presiding Bishop A. V. Jordan, and locally as members of the Hattiesburg East District under the leadership of presiding Superintendent Willie Clark. The senior pastor of Tabernacle of Prayer is Elder Micah J. Scott, Sr.
All ministers of the church seeking ordination are ordained through the Church of God in Christ, Inc, one of the oldest and largest Pentecostal body of believers in the world. The Church of God in Christ is a church of the Lord Jesus Christ in which the Word of God is preached, ordinances are administered and the doctrine of sanctification of holiness is emphasized as being essential to the salvation of mankind.
The History of Tabernacle of Prayer
The University of Southern Mississippi was the location where college students from across the country came for a meeting with destiny. In the late 1980’s, Pastor was the president of Prayer-Time Fellowship. This fellowship met for worship on Monday and Thursday nights in the chapel on the campus of USM. As many of the students were graduating, they felt called of God to remain in Hattiesburg, but wanted to continue to grow in their walk with the Lord. This marked the beginning Ecumenical Services on Sunday mornings on the Campus until the Lord burdened Pastor Scott’s heart to begin a ministry work in Hattiesburg. Through much prayer, counsel and wisdom the name Tabernacle of Prayer was birthed.
The first official location was a store front at 1005 Hardy Street. The first official service for Tabernacle of Prayer was on May 10, 1989, with less than 20 members. Within 2 years, in June 1991, we were able to purchase an old piano warehouse, where we are currently located, 500 Williams Street. However, it was not as glamorous as it is now. But with Pastor Scott’s visionary leadership and faith, the few members joined forces and began to create a place for the ministry to expand. After the purchase, passersby would often remark that they knew that ‘old warehouse’ would be a church one day and now it is on is way.
Shortly after this purchase, Pastor Scott also purchased the small Muslim building that formerly occupied 903 Elizabeth Street (the un-paved parking area directly behind the church). This building was renovated enough that the saints could meet weekly. That small building marked the continued progress of the vision being fulfilled. The services were powerful, souls saved, bodies healed and equipment stolen. That is correct, our electronic equipment was stolen, but Pastor & the few members were not deterred. Filed the insurance claim and kept on praising the Lord.
The first official Church Anniversary service was held in May 1993 at the 500 Williams Street property. As you can see in the photos, it wasn’t complete, but the Lord showed up and spoke a word to us that continues to ring our ears today. Elder Timothy Scott, Jr., spoke to us a word of encouragement to “Launch Out into the Deep.” Pastor Scott’s father, Bishop T.T. Scott, Sr. volunteered untold hours and days to help us complete the wood work and frame the building. The unskilled volunteers that helped Bishop Scott learned how to painters, lay tile, hang sheet rock, and many other skills that benefits us today. The saints continued to decorate, refinish and re-stain the antique wood pews that were donated to us, and many other tasks that allowed us to finish the sanctuary that we experience today.
August 2005 was a memorable month for all of Hattiesburg when Hurricane Katrina came ashore causing devastation and considerable damage to our Sanctuary. Pastor Scott sprung into action doing all that he could to try to secure basic necessities for his parishioners and the community at large. Even though, the entire area was without electricity, Tabernacle had church service on that Sunday morning after Hurricane Katrina with bulletins included. Pastor Scott held true to his word that he is called to minister to the people in this area. His words were ‘This is not the time to stay home. People need to be encouraged to know that there is a word from the Lord.’ And the people came to hear the word of the Lord.
The damage caused Tabernacle to change locations for worship services. Pastor Scott found a temporary location for the saints to have service and eventually ended up renting the old Anatomies building located on Green Street. Because of the spaciousness and location of this facility, Pastor & the membership considered making that our new church home. Again after much prayerful consideration and consecration, Pastor determined that we were called to East Hattiesburg and the decision was made to repair our ‘promised land’ and make it glorious.Under Pastor’s leadership, Tabernacle has acquired property from the railroad tracks to Street. We are advancing the kingdom of God and taking back what the enemy has stolen.
What We Believe
We Believe the bible to be the inspired and only infallible written word of God.
We Believe that there is One God, eternally existent in Three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the the Holy Spirit
We Believe in the blessed hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is, in Christ at His return.
We Believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin, is through repentance, faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ and being baptized into the body of Christ.
We Believe that being born again of the Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
We Believe that salvation takes place when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord of his/her life and believes the actual physical resurrection of Christ. He is redeemed from the nature and penalty of sin.
We Believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.
We Believe that the baptism in the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:4 is given to believers who ask for it.
We Believe in the sanctifying power of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, by Whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in the present world.
We Believe that the work of God through signs, wonders, divers miracles and all gifts and manifestations of the Spirit performed during the beginnings of Christianity, do and will occur even today where God is preached, Faith in Christ is exercised, the Holy Ghost is active, and the gosel is Promulgated in the truth.
Our Mission Statement
To teach and preach the word of God with clarity to every age and ethnicity beginning in our local area and expanding throughout the world with an emphasis on prayer, prosperity, the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the grace to live a holy life in this present world.
To share the gospel and compel the lost to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
To provide ministry to our congregation and community that improves their lives through educational, economic, and most of all, spiritual empowerment.
To build a local church that is numerically and financially strong enough to make a visible difference for the kingdom of God, locally and around the world.
To train, develop, equip and rejuvenate men and women who are called into the fivefold ministry to build the kingdom of God in accordance with their unique gifts and callings.
Tabernacle of Prayer Vision
We believe that the God ordained pattern, practices and power of the New Testament church are the same now as they were in the book of Acts when the church began. As seen in the book of Acts our vision for ministry is a church that has:
· Individual and collective spiritual growth
· Exponential unrestricted numerical growth
· A sense of community, mutual concern, interconnection and cooperation, and is
· Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered and Spirit led.
Our Confession of Faith
The Spirit of the LORD is upon us, for he has anointed us to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent us to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come. Taken from Luke 4:18-19 (NLT)