Communities are the called out ones of Jesus Christ, living as a spiritual family seeking to advance the Kingdom of God through making disciples.
We believe the Scriptures paint a clear picture for the church: who the church is, what the church is about, and what the church does. At Radius, we envision our communities to embody the fullness of that picture. As Jesus refers to the word ‘church’ in Matthew 16 and 18, we can summarize the church as this: a spiritual family that advances the Kingdom of God.
We desire for these communities (or ‘churches’) to be spaces where children of God learn to belong to each other as a spiritual family, and become a force that advances the Kingdom of God together. We believe that belonging to each other as a spiritual family happens as believers are faithful in a myriad of different behaviors that are done one believer to another. We believe that advancing the Kingdom of God happens as we love God, love the lost-oppressed-poor-broken, and make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make more disciples. We would say that the church space that we call community is the Lord’s plan A for His people to achieve those two things.
Currently, the Radius Network is made up of 12 Radius communities in the upstate that are uniting as a network and striving to live out this vision. Each has at least one leader who has been called, trained, and commissioned to lead a community within the Radius Network toward the biblical vision of the church. Each community includes participants who have humbled themselves as thankful recipients of the grace of God in Christ Jesus. You can learn more about those specific communities below.
If you are interested in learning more about community or how to begin journeying with a Radius community, please let us know!
Led by Nate and Laura Heffington
The Avengers (from the comics and movies) have diverse gifts and strengths that come together to serve a greater purpose. Our name is a reminder that we each have a different role, but ultimately our purpose is singular.
We meet on Tuesday nights on the Westside of Greenville and eat together (kids included), then usually some guy/girl time (kids in another room), then sit on the porch all together and discuss/work through something as a group (kids in another room), then more informal time (kids running wild). We also meet in smaller groups and/or one on ones during the week.
Led by Tyler & Bree Graham and Caleb & Hannah Carter
The “bnb” part of our name refers to the fact that we are called to BELONG to each other as fellow believers, and BECOME more like Christ together. The “heir” part refers to Romans 8:17, “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.”
Tuesday nights we gather in a home in Eastside/Central Greenville to eat, discuss our abiding relationships, re-center on the Gospel, and practice love of one another and refinement into the image of Christ. There are many other spontaneous rhythms such as lunches, dinners, morning coffees, hangouts, random acts of love, etc.
Led by Jon and Valerie Harris
Bloc Party is located in Eastside Greenville. The name “Bloc Party” was chosen because they want to be inclusive to those in their lives, and they do that by hosting [awesome] block parties.
B10C Party meets on Wednesday nights and walks daily with one another. Their weekly meeting consists of dinner and time spent pushing each other to love God, be loved by God, love each other, and love those in their lives.
Led by Blake and Amaris Ross
In 2011, a group of guys sought to form bona fide community out of their friendships. It took months of struggle, but in 2012, God established vision, leadership, and rhythms among them for how to embody the church. Eliakim is a Hebrew name that means “God establishes.”
Eliakim meets every Wednesday in Cherrydale from 6:30-9:00. They share a potluck meal, play a round of Catchphrase, and cultivate their lives of faith together.
Led by Matt and Erin Bainton
Libre means “free” as in freedom. In Libre we celebrate our freedom in Jesus as well as being set free through His power over our sin and oppression.
Gathering in either Eastside or Mauldin, we meet one night a week (sometimes with kids, sometimes we have sitters), the women try to get together during the week when they can, and the men meet early in the morning once a week to talk and pray.
Led by Justin & Jenn Snow and John & Hannah Miller
From Psalm 27, we believe the Lord is our Light. We desire to dwell in the house of the Lord, and seek to invite Him into our homes where we gather each week. As a result of the Gospel, we too are lights to those in our communities. We are all lighthouses!
Gathering in central Greenville near Woodruff Road, we have dinner, a little teaching, some discussion/sharing/testimonies, and sometimes musical worship.
Led by Steve Hester and Walter Howard
Our name comes from Acts 2:42-47, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
We meet every Tuesday at the Hester’s or Howard’s home, but we also spend a lot of time together outside our rhythmic weekly meeting. We may grab dinner during the week, sit together at the gathering on Sunday and hang out afterward, or who knows what. Even if we don’t manage to spend time with one another during a given week, we remain connected through phone or text.
Led by Matt and Megan Johnson
Open Table meets near Downtown Greenville. An average week varies greatly, but we aim to pursue one another and our neighbors in love and truth for the purpose of advancing God’s kingdom here on earth by living in obedience to the call to make disciples who are trained and equipped to make disciples.
Led by Micah and Jess Taylor
We call ourselves Pelham Posse because 80% of our Community lives in neighborhoods around the Pelham Road area. So practically, we meet in homes in the area, but we are also dedicated to loving our neighbors which, for the most part, live in a specific part of the city.
We eat together each week and then, typically, have a monthly rhythm of communion, community, mission, party, with a different couple facilitating one of these each week.
Led by Jordon Helms
The name Ruhammah Ammi comes the book of Hosea when God forgives Israel and calls them “My people”. We desire to live in community together as a family and show people how they can be part of something amazing that is so much bigger than themselves.
We meet every Monday evening in Travelers Rest as a group, but we also spend a lot of time together spontaneously throughout the week.
Led by Brent and Amanda Wood
We are Sequoia. Sequoias withstand wind and violent rain because they grow in clumps, allowing their root systems to intertwine. To blow over one tree would mean blowing over an entire hillside of them!
Gathering in Travelers Rest/Taylors, we have a Wednesday evening dinner and gathering.
Led by Andrew and SJ Schwartz
A Toast is a celebratory gesture or call to a gathering of people signifying an accomplishment or an event worth noting in a special way. At Toast, we celebrate the journey of knowing God more intimately and the amazing moment in a persons life when they recognize and understand their identity as a called-out, child of the Living God.
Located in Charleston, SC, a typical week in Toast consists of a community gathering on Wednesday evening for sharing of blessings, burdens, stories, scripture, personal studies, accountability, and needs. Every so often, Wednesday is a group outing evening where we go bowling or gather for board games, etc. We also hold a Gathering on Sunday evening for more structured teaching.
Throughout the week, several members meet for coffee together, go for walks, and share meals together in smaller groups to continue nurturing and encouraging relationships.
Led by Mike and Andrea Wilder
We are a group of different families united as one family (a Tribe) in his kingdom. A typical week in Tribe is a shared meal with time to catch up with one another followed by a time of worshiping and praying together. We rotate our weekly meeting subjects through loving God, neighbors, each other. We are located on the Eastside of Greenville.