What is “Building the Future”

In January of 2016, we asked our congregation to begin praying about how we could make a bigger impact in our community for God’s kingdom, specifically through upgrading or replacing some elements of our building. After a multi-year process of prayer, planning, and a Funding Initiative, we cut the ribbon to our new KidsTown, Welcome Hallway, and Cafe on Sunday, December 9th, 2018.

Building the Future – December Update

Building the Future – December Update

On Sunday, December 9th, at 2:00 pm, we had a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for our new spaces. Along with dedicating the new KidsTown, we also unveiled the new Cafe and Welcome Hallway. God is Good and has done such amazing things through his church at Tabernacle. We look forward to what the future holds!

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Building the Future – November Update

Building the Future – November Update

A Word from our Children's MinisterWhen we began praying about a new space for our children, we had no idea that the space we'd be getting would be so amazing. We are thankful for the old space. A lot of kids heard about and got to know Jesus there. But we also had...

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Building the Future September Update

Building the Future September Update

This is a BIG Update! We have so many exciting things to let you know about with our Building the Future progress. The new kidstown building is looking great, we have started demolition in the Welcome Hallway for improvements and new bathrooms, and we have started...

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Building the Future August Update

Building the Future August Update

Construction If you have driven by the church in the past week or two, you might have seen some of the changes going on to the outside of the building, but the inside is coming along quickly. The roof is almost finished - There has been a structure there since May,...

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Building the Future – July Update

Building the Future – July Update

Construction In the month of July, we have made some major visible progress. The exterior framing has been completed, exterior walls have been built and the they have begun framing the interior, running HVAC and fire sprinkler systems. When you walk into the building,...

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Building the Future – June Update

Building the Future – June Update

Construction We are so excited about the progress that GPD has made with the construction Process. They have been great to work with. Despite a few weather delays, they are making excellent progress. On May 25th, they began pouring the foundation. On May 31st, the...

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3-Year Timeline

  • In January of 2016, we asked you to begin praying for God to do something big in our congregation. We asked you to commit to praying for five things once a day. We had some incredible testimonies of lives being changed, families restored, and people walking with God in new ways.

    One of the five things we asked you to pray about was a new Children’s building. We felt like that God was leading us to update or children’s facilities, but we wanted a clear “yes” from God and from our congregation. 

  • In the Summer of 2016, we formed a Master Plan Team to partner with Visioneering Studios to come up with a long-range plan for Tabernacle. We spent a few months in this process.¬†

  • In October, Pastor Todd led us through the “Believe” sermon series. Part of this series was focusing on our Ennis community.

  • At the end of our Believe sermon series, we revealed the master plan the team had been working on for months. This plan has a few phases and we asked you to pray about which phase God would want us to pursue.

  • In early February 2017, we talked about building the future in a sermon series called “Blocks.” At the end of this series, our Tabernacle Family voted to move forward with creating a Building team and begin talking with banks about securing a loan.

  • In September of 2018, we began our Building the Funding Initiative. We were asking our Tabernacle Family to commit to giving, above their regular tithes, a separate amount for our new KidsTown building. The entire building was projected to cost $3.5 million. The goal of the Funding Initiative was $1.5 million.

    Along with a sermon series, we had in-home informational meetings, videos, and lots of communication. During this time, we also decided to go with GPD Construction out of Arlington to head this project up.

  • On Sunday, November 12th, 2018, we had our Commitment Sunday where we asked our families to consider giving a one-time gift along with making a 3-year commitment to financially support our Building the Future initiative. Our goal was to raise $1.5 million. The cost of the building would be an estimated $3.5 million, but $1.5 million would allow us to comfortably begin the project. In the short time leading up to (and including) this day, we received around $295,000 in gifts, and by the end of the commitment period, we had $1.1 million commited. Although we didn’t reach our goal, this gave us enough to move forward.

  • In January 2018, after the conclusion of the initial Funding Initiative, we asked our congregation to pray again. We wanted families to grow closer together and to pray as a church body about the construction that was soon to begin.

  • In February of 2018, we had a groundbreaking ceremony.

  • In late March, crews came in to begin the demolition of the old KidsTown hallway. You can read more about that here:

  • In May, construction of the new building began. You can read more about it here:

  • On December 9th, we celebrated the opening of the new KidsTown building. You can read more in the December update here:


When we look at our Community, we are filled with hope and Joy. God is in the business of doing incredible things, and He allows us to be a part of His work. The vision He’s given us for our children and their families is huge, but we are stepping out on faith, building for the future.

The Concept

Our vision is to create a welcoming space for children and families to grow in their relationship with Christ.

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About the Campaign?

Answers to Common Questions

With any project we take on together, there are questions that you have. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the answers you’re looking for. Below you’ll find a list of common Questions and Answers.

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What are the numbers?
  • Building The Future Initiative Goal: $1,500,000
  • Cost of the project: $3,500,000
Will Tabernacle Incur Any Debt In This Project?
The “Building the Future” goal is $1.5 million, leaving $2 million to borrow. If w exceed our initiative goal of $1.5 million, we will incur less debt.
What Does $3,500,000 Pay For?
  • A New KidsTown Building
  • Remodeling of the Welcome Hallway
  • Converting our Current KidsTown to another type of space
  • New bathrooms in the main hallway
  • audio/visual items for the new alreas
  • Playscapes
  • Furniture
  • More
When Will We Break Ground?
We hope to break ground in early 2018 and open the building by 2019.
Where Will The Children Meet During This Time?
We have a plan that involves moving all Preschool and Children’s ministry to the Family Life Center. This includes our Tabernacle Weekday ministry. We will all need to be prepared to make small sacrifices for God’s glory.
Is Our Building Contractor Local?
Yes. We are using GPD of Arlington. All sub-contractors Yes. We are using GPD of Arlington. All sub-contractors will be local as well.
How Can I Participate?
  • Pray – Thank God for our Tabernacle Family and pray that more in our community can Experience Family with us.
  • Plan – Consider how sacrificial giving, beyond your regular tithes, could impact the community and further our vision.
  • Promote – Encourage others to join you as you make your own commitment to the initiative.
  • Commit – On November 12th, invest in our vision by making a 36-month commitment to financially supporting this initiative.

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.