ANNOUNCING “RESTORATION: NEXT”

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“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” –Hebrews 13:14 ESV

Restoration is here! His name is Jesus! This is our anthem. This is our sound. Restoration Church remains committed to lifting this banner high over New Orleans and among the nations.

We are excited to announce our impending adoption by Williams Blvd. Baptist Church of Kenner, LA, as an official mission church. So what does this mean? Beginning Sunday, September 9, 2018 10:45AM we’ll combine our Sunday gathering with Williams Blvd. Baptist Church at 3000 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA, 70065. Additionally, our members are encouraged to connect prior with Williams Blvd. Baptist Church’s regular Sunday Bible Fellowship at 9:30AM. For more information: http://www.williamsblvd.org

Restoration Church will launch a mid-week gathering in the Metairie area this Fall 2018. More details will be released soon. In the meantime our core team will continue to gather to read, pray, and share with one another and our community at the home of Pastor Dean Ross in Metairie, LA.

The vision for “Restoration: Next” is to spend this season in preparation to replant Restoration Church in 2019 and beyond in a new location alongside Williams Blvd. Baptist Church with a strong core team dedicated to the mission and vision of the church for New Orleans and the nations!

So is Restoration Church coming to an end?

Absolutely not! Restoration Church was born out of a vision for our city and community to experience the power of restoration rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We officially launched in December 2013 under the leadership of Pastor Dean Ross as a replant of the historic Lakeside Baptist Church of Metairie, LA. Our mission has been clear since day one: Love God and Love People. We are blessed to report greater than 30 souls have been saved and baptized through this work since its inception and we believe the best is yet to come!

Why meet on Sundays with another church?

Williams Blvd. Baptist Church is the home church of Pastor Dean Ross. Our ministry and mission have been shaped by the influence of the work of this great church. Williams Blvd. Baptist Church officially sponsored Restoration Church as a church plant in 2013 and a relationship between the leadership of our churches continues to this very day. The DNA of the two churches is strikingly similar.

What happens to the members of Restoration Church?

Restoration Church will officially become a mission church of Williams Blvd. Baptist Church. Currently, we are a completely autonomous church. However, with this move our members will also become members of Williams Blvd. Baptist Church upon the affirmation of their membership. In essence, both churches will share the same membership during this season. Your current membership status with Restoration Church will remain.

What will happen to Restoration Church’s current property?

Restoration Church was gifted its current property by unanimous affirmation of the remaining membership of Lakeside Baptist Church shortly after our launch. Our church owns and operates this property without any indebtedness. Restoration Church honors and continues the vision that initially started a congregation in the rapidly growing suburb of Metairie in 1958. Importantly, we realize the church is a people and not a building. Restoration Church plans to permanently relocate upon being replanted in 2019 and beyond. The tentative plan for our current property is for it to be leased by another church that can better utilize the facility with an option to purchase after a year. An executive oversight board approved by the members of both Restoration Church and Williams Blvd. Baptist Church will oversee the assets from the property. This executive board will feature the pastors of both churches and outside representation. This board will be tasked with steering the vision and assets of Restoration Church prior to its replanting in another location in the near future.

How do I connect or stay connected with Restoration Church?

Restoration Church will be fully integrated for now on Sunday as members of Williams Blvd. Baptist Church. We will also be invited to take part in the same events alongside one another as we are able to participate. This season is an exciting time for us to be walking hand-in-hand with the Williams Blvd. Baptist Church family as the Lord is shaping something special with a renewed mission and vision for the church. Restoration Church will gather initially in the home of Pastor Dean Ross in Metairie mid-week before launching a public mid-week gathering at a neutral location sometime this Fall 2018.

Who will be our leaders?

Pastor Dean Ross will continue to serve the Restoration Church family as its replant pastor under the leadership and guidance of Pastor Tim Williams of Williams Blvd. Baptist Church. The senior leadership of Williams Blvd. Baptist Church will be our leadership. Pastor Dean Ross will serve on pastoral staff alongside lead Pastor Tim Williams, Pastor Jamie Elliott, and the staff of Williams Blvd. Baptist Church. Pastor Brett Weller of Restoration Church will remain committed to serving Restoration Church alongside Pastor Dean Ross in addition to working with Pastor Jamie Elliott in the worship and missions ministries of Williams Blvd. Baptist Church.

Can I still make financial gifts to Restoration Church?

Once the Williams Blvd. Baptist Church family has adopted Restoration Church as an official mission church, we will share resources together and officially be overseen by the appointed administrative committee of Restoration Church. We encourage our members to engage in the giving of their time, talent, and treasure on all levels while with Williams Blvd. Baptist Church. If you would like to continue to designate your gifts to the replanting of Restoration Church in 2019 and beyond there are two means of making such a gift: Give through Williams Blvd. Baptist Church with the gift designated to “Restoration Church Metairie” (more details at http://www.williamsblvd.org/giving) or make a donation to Restoration Church here online at http://www.restorationgathering.com/give

What happens to The Restoration Collective?

Absolutely nothing. The Restoration Collective is a collection of individuals and organizations committed to pursuing the restoration of our city and world by assisting churches, proclaiming Jesus, and mobilizing people. For now The Restoration Collective will continue to serve as the parachurch ministry and missions function of Restoration Church. There are future plans for it to be established as a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Restoration Collective is built upon the legacy of Abandon Productions, which pioneered concerts, events, and movements across New Orleans and the Gulf South in years past. This work originates from Pastor Dean Ross’ calling and work as a teenager at Williams Blvd. Baptist Church.

How can I pray for Restoration Church?

Pray for the passion, resources, and vision of Restoration Church. Pray for Metairie and all of New Orleans. Pray for the nations who have yet to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray for Williams Blvd. Baptist Church and the entire Kenner community. Pray for this season of vision, prayer, and preparation. Pray for us to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for the work ahead.

What’s next?

Restoration Church will remain gathering regularly on Sundays 10:30AM at 2929 Metairie Court, Metairie, LA, 70002 through the month of August 2018. Sunday, August 26, 2018 will be our final gathering in our current location. That evening (Sunday, August 26, 2018 6:30PM) Restoration Church invites you to “A Night Of Restoration” held at The Boulevard Room (Williams Blvd. Baptist Church) at 3000 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA, 70065. Restoration Church will gather Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 2, 2018 10:30AM at the home of Pastor Dean Ross in Metairie, LA, for a time of devotion and fellowship followed by a community cookout. Our first official gathering with Williams Blvd. Baptist Church will on Sunday, September 9, 2018 10:45AM at 3000 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70065.

Restoration Church will officially launch a mid-week gathering at a neutral location in the Metairie area beginning this Fall 2018. In the meantime our core group will meet mid-week in the home of Pastor Dean Ross for a focused time of reading, praying, and sharing together with one another and with our community preparing for what’s next. Anyone is invited to connect by emailing connect@restorationgathering.com or filling out this form:

 

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