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In May of 1984 a small building that housed a 5 member congregation was placed in the hands of Pastor Jim Cymbala, senior pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle with one stipulation. The owner requested that the structure solely be utilized for the work of the Lord. Agreeing to these terms, Pastor Cymbala needed a man to shepherd the new work that God would birth in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. Pastor Cymbala and the leadership of The Brooklyn Tabernacle began to pray and seek God for who that person would be. After much prayer they sensed the Holy Spirit directing their attention to a couple who headed their street and youth ministries faithfully. Michael and Maria Durso would be chosen by the Lord to spearhead this new venture.
Newly ordained, Pastor Michael and Maria were sent out with a small team to start this task. Drawing from the many lessons the Lord had taught them in the training field of street evangelism, they cried out to God for souls and used the vehicle of street concerts to reach the lost. Many people came to have personal encounters with Jesus Christ and the congregation grew rapidly. It became apparent that the building could not house all the needs of those attending and they would soon need a new facility. The church lifted up their requests to the Lord and once again the family of Christ Tabernacle would see evidence of God’s faithfulness.
As a result, God provided a new building for the vastly growing congregation. In April of 1996 they would have their first service in the new building, an auditorium that seats 1,000 at 64-34 Myrtle Ave in Glendale, NY. Within a short period of time however, it became necessary to implement additional services to accommodate the still expanding number of people who attend and are being transformed by the power of God. The church is excited about this new opportunity to reach hurting people for Jesus Christ.
what we stand for
JESUS: Is Our Message
Jesus is our message for all seasons, at all times, to all people.
PEOPLE: Are our Heart
Our heart is for all people. Our doormat says, “Welcome Home" and that applies to everyone.
GENEROSITY: Is Our Way of Life
We believe “everything” we have and own is a gift from God. In turn, we believe offering our time, talent and treasure to the local church is our gift back to God.
EXCELLENCE: Is Our Spirit
We are going to always do the best with what we have. We're on time, engaged and prepared. We don't do things half way. Whatever we do, it's to the best of our ability.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Is Our Identity
Jesus is our model for servant leadership. He led by serving others and by serving others he led them. Every role is different but each one is important and valuable.
HONOR: Is Our Calling
We are vocal with our honor, meaning we are not stingy with our words. We choose joyfully to submit to those God has placed over us. We honor and care for those God has placed under us.
HOLY SPIRIT: Is Our Guide
We unapologetically rely on the leading and empowerment of God’s spirit in all matters related to His church and this life.
PRAYER: Is Our Hallmark
We know God is in control and in every little detail he is close. Prayer keeps us connected to Jesus our SOURCE.
jesus at the center
who we are
Christ Tabernacle is one church in seven locations and two languages on mission to reach, grow and transform our community.