(Be sure to select the Bryan and Beyond Fund)
In March of 2022 Restoration Church Bryan launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a permanent property in Downtown Bryan. As we embark on this exciting next step for our church, we know God is going to stretch us to serve, pray and give in new ways. We are calling the initiative: “Bryan & Beyond.” We recognize that buildings, although vitally important for a church to gather, do not constitute God’s church. God’s church is His people - those who are called, saved and transformed by Jesus, and committed to taking the gospel message to the nations. A building is not our vision. Our vision is to continue to grow as a gospel-centered church, devoted to discipleship and diversity. As we look forward, we see a thriving local church with a place to worship, grow, and serve the heart of downtown. We see new team members working toward our vision side by side. We see a beautiful diverse mosaic of people (a reflection of the throne room scene around Jesus in Revelation 7:9-10) on mission together.
What follows are questions and answers for you to review as you consider how God would lead you to be a part of Restoration’s 2022 “Bryan & Beyond” Initiative.
Why can’t we continue to meet as is at The Ice House on Main?
Clearly, God has moved in some tangible and powerful ways since our transition to the Ice House in September of 2020. Although we would love to continue here for the long term, there are a couple of notable barriers: 1) This is a Sunday-only rental space with a steep price tag for the few hours per week that we actually utilize the building. 2) As our Sunday attendance has grown to 1,400 - 1,500 each Sunday, even with seating for a thousand, our longterm ability to grow at the Ice House would be very limited without significant renovation and changes to the room. In addition, our RCB Kids ministry will soon outgrow their ministry space in the Ice House performance venue and flex space.
What is our target area to find a building?
We see Downtown Bryan as the ideal place to plant a gospel-centered disciple-making, diverse fellowship! In addition to being a place where revitalization is in full effect, in Downtown you’ll also find a convergence of people from all walks of life, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Specifically, we are targeting the grid of 31st St. to Hwy 21 / Sims St. to Texas Ave.
How do I give?
Our hope is to create a number of avenues for folks to give toward the Bryan & Beyond Initiative. Starting immediately, you can give online. You can set up biweekly or monthly giving, similar to your tithes and offerings. Or, you can make a one-time gift. You can also give Sundays during worship at Restoration.
What is our target goal for fundraising?
At this point, we do NOT have a target goal. Currently, we have $220,000 set aside for a building. We believe we will need easily 2-3x this amount to secure a down payment large enough to house all of Restoration. However, the plan is to wait until late December to officially announce both total funds raised in 2022, as well as the remainder needed for a property.
What is the process & timeline for this Initiative?
At present, here is the timeline for this initiative:
- Sunday, March 27th: Restoration will launch the “Bryan & Beyond” Initiative, call people to begin giving, and bring awareness of the vision and plan of Restoration Church Bryan both within the church and outside the walls of our local church.
- Monday, March 28th - Friday, April 1st: We will invite the entire church to take part in a 5-day daily devotional around giving. These devotionals will be available online and will also be emailed out via newsletter each day.
- Sunday, April 10th: We will host a fundraiser for current Restoration college students on Parent Weekend. This will be a breakfast taco fundraiser before the 9:30am service with a minimum donation of $10 for tacos. We will then announce in service the total amount raised, and then challenge parents to give generously and match the amount given by students!
- September 25th: We will have a special offering where we call everyone at Restoration to give generously, sacrificially, and in response to the gospel, above and beyond their regular offerings and tithes. Toward the end of our service, we will have a special time of worship through giving. If you would like to give specifically toward Bryan & Beyond.
Thank you for partnering with us during this exciting season for our local church! We are anticipating God doing GREAT things for his glory as we continue in our mission for Bryan and beyond!