What makes Axiom Church unique?
- the renewal efforts outside our church walls.
- purposeful presence with our neighbors and our neighborhoods
- the communal and shared implications of the Gospel.
- a clear pathway and practice of discipleship
- truth through a narrative-historical understanding of God’s Word.
- the establishment of Jesus’ kingdom in the here and now.
- Jesus as Lord in our everyday lives.
What makes a "City Community" different than small groups?
Small groups are typically seen as a supplement to church life. In Axiom Church, City Communities are where church really happens for us—care, local and global mission, life formation, leader development, communion and baptism. In Axiom Church, there will be no other way to experience our expression of church other than in a city community. City Communities meet every other week and come together on the alternating weeks in our Collective Gathering @ 509 West Onondaga.
Is this a home church or an organic church?
No, though we see some of the early church values in both of those movements. We acknowledge that much is fractured with the current American style of doing church, but our hope is to not swing the pendulum in the opposite direction. We believe that, with the Holy Spirit striving alongside us, we can recover a healthy reconstruction of what it means to be the body of Jesus in our current cultural climate. Our intention is to not merely react to what we don't like about the current evangelical church. We see ourselves as part of the historic church.
Is this a church for young people?
Our mission and love is for a geography, not one people group. We are focused on Syracuse, and within the city is diversity—urban poor, young professionals, college students, traditional church goers. God is calling us to extend hospitality and energy to whoever is in our context.
Is this a traditional church, liturgical church or a Pentecostal church?
We are not in rebellion to any part of the church. We are simply trying to be faithful as God's people, sent into the world to love the world. Our worship gatherings do contain some liturgical elements with written prayers, some creeds and partaking in the Lord's Table. We also have a desire to be sensitive to the traditions of proclaiming the Word of God and offering our tithes and offerings. We may not be labeled Pentecostal be we certainly belief the Holy Spirit is among us when we gather. So we give space for listening to the Spirit's voice in our midst.
Do you have to live in the city to be part of Axiom Church?
Not necessarily. Axiom is a city-focused church. We are very aware that our city (Syracuse is one of the least churched cities in the U.S.) is a beautiful mission field full of diverse people God loves. We will challenge some to consider moving into the city limits. But we are not exclusive in who is welcome to be part of the Axiom community or our missional efforts. In fact, we hope that some who live outside Syracuse will notice the great brokenness in the city limits and begin to invest their heart and energy there. We call this “facing the city.”
What is Axiom's form of church government?
Axiom is served by a "Leading Community." Our Leading Community meets twice a month and is mix of men and woman equally called into shared leadership . There is no “Head Pastor” in our community, just co-leaders―a lot of them. We are sensitive to hierarchical abuses of power. We structure ourselves this way to incorporate a wider range of gifts (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher) among our leaders and to mutually submit to the Spirit’s guidance. Currently all our pastors are part-time and bi-vocational. Our Leading Community meets to pray, brainstorm and plan ways to empower people in Axiom to live in community and live on mission in the city.
Do you have a Sunday worship service?
We live into a unique rhythm of meeting in homes on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month and gather collectively for a public space (509 West Onondaga Ave) for worship, teaching and communion on the 1st and 3rd Sunday's of the month. We are not big fans of the individualism and disengagement that merely attending a worship service can create. Instead we think a more "extended-family-feel" is a healthier environment to rally around as a church. This is one of the reasons we seek to hold the tension between our City Communities and our Collective Worship Gathering.
What denomination is Axiom Church?
We have multiple affiliations. We love the Bible, we are Jesus-centered, and we embrace historic Christianity.
These are two specific streams of the church that influence us deeply.
We are Missional:
We are Anabaptist
Are you affiliated with the Emergent Church or the Reformed Church?
Neither. We don't get too jazzed up about the theology coming from either extreme.
We'd rather work through the implications of living out the way of God revealed in Jesus.
What are Axiom Church's literary influences?
- N.T. Wright: The God Who Became King, After You Believe
- Christopher Wright: The Mission of God
- Joseph Hellerman: When the Church Was Family
- Dallas Willard: The Great Omission
- Deitrich Bonhoeffer: Life Together
- Dan White Jr: Subterranean
- John H. Yoder: Body Politics, Politics of Jesus
- Stuart Murray: The Naked Anabaptist
- Stanley Hauerwas: The Peacable Kinggdom, A Communtiy of Character.
- David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw: Prodigal Christianity
- Alan Hirsch: The Forgotten Ways
- Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: The Wisdom of Stability
- Alan Hirsch: 5Q
- Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen: The New Parish
- Richard Stearns: The Hole in Our Gospel
- Christine Pohl: Living Into Community
- Steve Corbett: When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor
- Greg Paul: God in the Alley
- JR Woodward and Dan White Jr.: The Church as Movement
- Scott McKnight: The King Jesus Gospel
- Mark Scandrette: Practicing the Way of Jesus
- Alan Krieder: The Patient Ferment
- Roger Olson: Reformed and Always Reforming
- Michael Frost: Incarnate
- Tim Conder: The Church in Transition
- Peter Scazzero: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
- Tim Chester: Total Church
- Stanley Hauerwas: Resident Aliens
- Frank Viola: From Eternity to Here
- Gregory Boyd: Myth of a Christian Nation
- Brian McLaren: The Secret Message of Jesus
- Peter Scazzero: The Emotionally Healthy Church, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
- Brennan Manning: Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
- Henri Noewen: Wounded Healer
- Chris Smith & John Pattison: Slow Church
- Peter Block: Community
- Soerens, Sparks, Friesen: The New Parish