Making Disciples. Planting Churches. Living Generously.
Why Should We Live Generously?
The Scriptures teach us throughout that we are to model the generosity of our Savior. Jesus was the most generous person to ever walk the planet. He modeled for us the generosity of the Father and we, in turn, are to model His generosity to our friends and neighbors. Here are just a few passages that have helped us decide to take a disciplined approach to living generously as a church:
- Psalm 41:1-3
- Proverbs 11:24-25
- Proverbs 19:17
- Proverbs 21:13
- Matthew 6:19-21
- Matthew 10:42
- Luke 21:1-4
- Acts 2:43-45
- 2 Corinthians 8:12-15
- 1 Timothy 6:17-19
- 1 John 3:16-18
Generosity obviously extends beyond just financial generosity. It also includes our service to the church and to others. It also includes hospitality to our friends and neighbors. As we seek to glorify God together, living generously as a church family with our finances is a core practice that helps us model Jesus to our neighbors.
We believe that our generosity best meets needs when we can work in partnership with organizations who are better equipped to help meet real needs in our communities and around the world. As you’ll see below, our disciplined approach to generosity has affectionately been called ‘The RADIUS Way’.
The RADIUS Way
Over the last several years we have developed our theology of generosity. It informs why and how we want to be generous as a church. We have a disciplined approach to our generosity. We want to give in a way that we believe is biblical and effective. We specifically have three ways that we like to give. We call these tenets ‘The RADIUS Way’.
1. We give responsibly.
We want to make sure that needs are met in the best way possible. We are not afraid to use partners or intermediaries as conduits to get resources where they need to go as long as the need is being met.
2. We give relationally.
We want to meet more than financial needs. Our hope is to have enough relationship to meet spiritual needs. While financial generosity often opens the door to spiritual conversations, we want to make sure that we have enough relationship to engage in those conversations.
3. We give respectfully.
We don’t give with a bunch of fanfare. We share and exercise generosity not for public relations, but in order that we might earn the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. We are sowing seeds of generosity not for immediate gratification, but as investments in eternity.
We believe that our generosity can best meets real needs when we can work in partnership with organizations who are better equipped to help meet real needs in our communities and around the world. To that end we’ve partnered locally with the following organizations:
Ezekiel Ministries exists to share the love and truth of Jesus to families in inner-city Columbia and across the Midlands. They provide an after school program at RADIUS Church – Lexington that develops literacy, includes a mentoring program and ends with a Bible lesson. At RADIUS Church – White Knoll, they provide a Wednesday night program that includes dinner for the kids, a Bible lesson, and lots of fun! Their hope is to strengthen the mind, body and soul of each student in their program. Their long term goals are to strengthen the family structure and help families break the cycle of generational poverty. RADIUS financially supports Ezekiel Ministries with a yearly donation of $78,000.
- Two new mentoring assistants with a social work background
- One new administrative role over after school programs along with at least 1 new site started in 2020 August
- A good candidate for a new position – “Director of Apprenticeships”
Lighthouse for Life
Lighthouse for Life is an organization seeking to stop human trafficking and provide grace and restoration to victims. Their education program shares the severity of human trafficking in the United States with churches, schools and other organizations in order to help communities spot and protect themselves from trafficking. Recently, Lighthouse for Life opened Karis Home, a place of rest designed to provide long-term restorative care for female survivors of sex trafficking. Lighthouse for Life offices out of RADIUS- Lexington. RADIUS financially supports Lighthouse for Life with a monthly donation of $1,000.
- God to receive all glory from the ministry
- Wisdom for the leadership of Lighthouse for Life
- The Lord to bring the right staff members to the team
- Strength for all victims to persevere and with support turn to survivors
- People to stop purchasing sex in all forms including pornography
- Abundant financial provision for the ministry
Mission Lexington is the hub of care for Lexington County, assisting families and individuals with life essentials, resources, and guidance. Through a network of over 50 churches, donations from local businesses, government agencies, organizations and individuals, Mission Lexington is able to meet over 30,000 needs a year. In 2018, RADIUS Church began conducting all local generosity through Mission Lexington and has partnered with them financially with a monthly donation of $1,000.
- Discernment and direction for the growth of the ministry
- Strength, patience and health for staff during the holiday season
- Employees and volunteers to find joy in the service and for protection against exhaustion
- Families that we serve to be blessed with what we have to offer regarding food and toys for the next couple of months
- Discernment and resources to help those who need services
We also believe in partnering with ministries around the world. We’ve chosen to partner with the following to reach the unreached for Jesus:
Grace Endearment Mission Services (India)
In India, RADIUS partners with GEMS-India. Pastor Stephen is using his resources to equip local believers to be priests by building a school. The focus of the school is quality education in an English-immersion setting that takes a holistic approach to each child. In addition to this he also runs a seminary through his home, where local pastors are trained and then sent out to their towns to make disciples and plant additional churches. To date, GEMS-India has planted 67 churches and trained 185 pastors. In 2018, RADIUS partnered with GEMS through donations that were used as capital investments to expand St. Paul’s School and to do medical work in the southern part of India. We plan to give GEMS $75,000 in the next twelve months.
- Boldness in the face of persecution
- The approval for St. Paul’s English medium school to offer high school classes
- The village church planters and families working with GEMS
- Stephen & his family
Empower One (South Sudan)
Empower One is an organization that plants churches among refugees in north east Africa. The RADIUS family is partnering with Empower One to plant churches among two unreached people groups in South Sudan, namely, the Jur and the Ingessana. These places are remote and hard to reach with the Gospel. One of these tribes is of another world religion. Specifically, RADIUS Church is providing support for two church planters along with their tools and transportation. Among the Ingessana, we are funding a local institute that will train 30 church planters in a one year program. These places are unreached for Christ! Our support for Empower One includes $35,000 over the next twelve months.
- Donors to be open and people to be saved
- Church planters by name: James among the Jur and Hussein among the Ingessana
- Pray finally for a RADIUS trip that we are considering to this area
Hydromissions International (worldwide)
We are proud to partner with Hydromissions International to provide clean water wells for drinking and sanitation all over the globe. Hydromissions’ goal is to further the gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide by providing safe water through low-tech and/or technologically appropriate products and services. Our partnership is all-inclusive as RADIUS has the privilege to support Hydromissions financially with a monthly donation of $2,000 as well as sending folks to serve overseas on various trips throughout the year.
- Protection and provision for international consultants /partners in India, Uganda and Panama.
- Civil unrest in Haiti to end
- The Arramba tribe in Papua, New Guinea. Hydromissions recently completed a successful drilling project there bringing clean water to three separate communities
- Discernment through out the vetting process for future projects.
- The right volunteer to assist with accounting and bookkeeping