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Tony + Kim Calabrese

Tony and Kim have 13 years of serving in the local church as pastors. After serving on staff at Radiant Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan over the past four and half years, leadership collectively affirmed the personal call on their life to plant a life-giving church. With faith and expectation, Tony, Kim and their 4 kids (Jais, Chaya, Blaise and Trybe) are stepping out in faith to fulfill the prophetic dream God has placed in their heart to contend for revival and bring hope and healing in Jesus name to the greater Nashville area.  

Pastor Tony is a gifted teacher and communicator. He seeks to be faithful to the text and believes God’s Word is true, life-giving and relevant for everyday living. He has a heart to see everyone find life in Christ, become rooted and established in their faith and influence their friends and join Jesus cause on the Earth.

 
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WEEKEND EXPERIENCE at RADIANT

EVERY SUNDAY  •  9:15AM
8207 Concord Rd  •   Brentwood, TN   (MAP)

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RADIANT KIDS

As you arrive at our building, you’ll find plenty of signs pointing you towards the kids areas. If you are dropping your children off before a weekend experience, give yourself extra time to get them checked in properly. Upon entering the kids area, you’ll see our clearly marked kids check-in area. We have a special line for first-time guests to give you a hassle-free experience. To make things even easier, you can fill out a simple form by clicking "Pre-Register Your Child" and pre-register your children for our electronic check-in. This allows us to print your child’s tag in a matter of seconds when you arrive. At Radiant, we use a special labeling system to assure the safety and monitoring of your child. Check-in opens 15 minutes before services and closes 20 minutes after the service starts. We take your kids safety very seriously by doing full background checks on every single person serving with Radiant Kids. Classes are fun and high energy and our security volunteers will monitor the halls during the service. Babies and toddlers are cared for by loving members of Team Radiant. There’s a preschool room and elementary rooms for grades one through five. 

OUR WEEKEND SERVICES

Now that your kids are safe and sound in Radiant Kids and you’ve got your coffee. Head on into the gathering space. If you arrive early, you’ll have no problem getting a seat of your choice. If you arrive a little late and the room looks full, don’t worry . . . we’ll help direct you to an open spot.  

When we meet together it’s our desire to prepare a place and set an environment for God to be worshipped. We want to build a doorway into the Presence of God. Worship is our visible and verbal response to all the God is and that He’s done. Each week will worship, through song, in Spirit and in truth. Each week Pastor Tony will preach unapologetically from God’s Word with the intent to feed and nourish our lives and ignite passion for Jesus. The bottom line for us is that our weekend experiences are designed to point you to Jesus. It’s not about the stage or the lights or the talent of the musicians and vocalists. It’s about Jesus. 

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COFFEE

After dropping off your children, feel free to grab coffee, its free! Often times you might find a table of donuts. Feel free to help yourself. We know a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus is the recipe for revival. 

WHITE LANYARDS

You’ll notice a lot of people in the lobby area and throughout the building wearing a white lanyard. Those people are a part of Team Radiant (our serving and volunteering platform) are there to help you. If they don’t know the answer to your question, they can probably find someone who does. There are always leaders and/or pastor nearby.

WHAT TO WEAR

At Radiant, there is no dress code. We believe God cares more about the condition of your heart than your outward appearance. Feel free to dress up, or come in jeans and a favorite t-shirt, whatever makes you comfortable.

GIVING

Because we’ve been given so much and are recipients of Gods goodness and generosity, we give back to Him. We do it, not out of duty or obligation, but out of an overflow of thanksgiving. That’s why every week we tithe and give cheerfully. We’ve chosen to make giving a very purposeful action each week by passing a giving bucket and point others to give electronically. Giving isn’t something we want from people but something we want FOR people. Those who call Radiant home give regularly, sacrificially and joyfully. 

 
 
 

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OUR MISSION:

We exist to be a people surrounded by the love of God, strengthened with life in Christ who shine to the world.

 
 
 
 
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OUR VISION:

To see a city come alive to Jesus & awaken to the wonder and glory of God

 
 
 
 
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THE RADIANT CULTURE

The cultural values uphold the vision and shape our culture, our actions and attitudes.

We are calling these the 8 hills we die on. As a church, we believe that if something is worth living for, it is worth dying for. This is the genetic code that makes us Radiant. We can’t do everything—but what we, as a community are called by God to do, we do with excellence.

 

Presence | Presence over preference

(Gen 15:1, Exodus 33:15-16, Psalm 16:11)

We seek to experience His presence personally and host His presence corporately. 


Proclamation | Truth over talk

We discover new life in Christ and ignite passion in the people of God though the unapologetic proclamation of the Gospel. 


Honor | Selfless over selfish

People matter. We love and value all people regardless of who they are, how they feel or what they’ve done.


Authenticity | Freedom over filtered

We create access and experience deep connection when we know others and are fully known. 


Community | Circles over rows

We practice the love of Christ and maturity in Christ in the context of authentic relationships rather than by ourselves.


Multiplication | Multiple over maintain

We carry out the mission of Christ when we grow, increase, spread and send. 


Daring Faith | Miraculous over mundane

We will activate great faith and become audacious believers, never insulting God with small thinking and safe living.


Generosity | Give over get

We live open handed and consider it an honor to sacrifice for Jesus and His kingdom cause.

 

 

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OUR BELIEFS

God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe and exists eternally as three co-equal persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, never-changing, completely trustworthy, and holy. His very essence is good. He is our loving Father who is faithful to his people and his promises.

Jesus
Jesus is “God in the flesh.”  He existed in the beginning with God. He was born of a virgin, lived without sin, died for our sin, rose again, and is Savior and Lord. He, alone, makes salvation possible.  He ascended into heaven where He is now our high priest, intercessor, head of the Church, and has all authority in heaven and on earth. He will return for a second time, gathering His followers, and judging those who have rejected Him.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the active presence of God in the world, always seeking to glorify Jesus. He lives individually within those who believe in Jesus and corporately amongst all believers who comprise the Church.  He convicts people of sin, righteousness, and pending judgment.  He is our Comforter, Guide, Teacher, and Helper, equipping us with spiritual gifts for service and transforms us into the likeness of Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers and fills every person for life and ministry in the Kingdom of God. 

Scripture
We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.

Salvation
The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is affected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification) and personal acceptance of Him into one’s life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

Atonement
Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as personal Savior. Healing – body, soul and spirit – and all of God’s provisions for His saints are provided for in the atonement, but these must be appropriated.

Christian Life
We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still-progressing maturing work of God. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths of His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.

The Church
We believe that the church consists of all those who truly believes in Jesus Christ and His atoning death and who trust in Him as their Lord and Savior. We believe that the local church is the vehicle of God working in the earth to extend and establish His Kingdom.

Baptism
The Word of God enjoins on the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ, reserved for those who are believers. Baptism is the outward sign of what God had already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is affected in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Communion is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him.

Marriage
Marriage is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman, established by God as the foundation of family and human society reflecting the nature of Christ’s sacrificial love and devotion for His bride, the Church.

Final Judgment & Reward
We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennium and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.