Radius is a young church. We launched in September of 2014. Yet, in that time, new relationships have been formed, babies have been born, weddings have been officiated, lives have been eternally altered and a city has been impacted. Praise God.
Back in May/June of 2014, Blake visited several families and shared his vision of Radius Church. One by one, family by family, the idea grew into reality. A group of people came together under a common mission and went about the work of starting a church. We had no idea what we were doing, but we trusted Blake and Amanda and had faith God would provide a way. It took a lot of work, probably a few tears, and a ton of guidance from our friends at Momentum Church. But, eventually we did it.
On a Sunday in September 2014, we converted a couple rooms at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club into Radius Church. Then we prayed that someone would show up.
And they did.
Ever since, Radius has continued its commitment to share God's love with the community we so adore. While our outreach has expanded to many places, we haven't strayed far from our roots. In fact, when the weekly gathering was moved from the Shuffleboard Club not too long ago, we moved into the larger building just next door—The Sunshine Center.
“We are a people on mission, moving out in ever-widening circles to change our world.”
If you’ve been to Radius, you’ve heard that statement over and over. We say it because we mean it. We say it to give it life. We say it because it is who we are. We say it so we don’t ever forget why we do what we do.
It’s not a Sunday, one-and-done kind of statement. It’s not a check box on your spiritual To-do list. Being On Mission is something we carry with us every day. Sure, we aren’t always great at it, and it certainly doesn’t make us better than anyone else. It doesn’t give us any special rights, or privileges. What being On Mission does is keep us focused. It keeps our eyes open to opportunities to be used by God. It allows us to be a visible, tangible evidence of Jesus’ love in St. Pete.
We could list out all the great things that have happened in peoples’ lives as a result of the creation of Radius Church, but they are meaningless when listed out in writing. If you want to know what it is we do, what it is we believe, you’ll have to come experience it.
There is nothing radical about our beliefs, but if we as a group live out what we believe, it will make a radical difference in this world.