Syracuse is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over a million inhabitants. The city features an eclectic mix of sky scrapers and buildings ranging from nineteenth-century structures to modern architecture. Known for Syracuse University, Syracuse has robust academic and arts communities throughout the city. Neighborhoods with distinct cultures, including Irish, Ukrainian, Jewish, German, Italian and African, reflect an ethnically diverse population. Thirty percent of the people in the city live below the poverty line, and Syracuse is a designated city for international refugees. According to the North American Mission Board, Syracuse is one of the least churched cities in America.
Author and theologian Francis Schaeffer coined a term for humanity: “The Glorious Ruin.” The city of Syracuse is a glory indeed. Throughout our city are loyal activists, persevering pastors and faithful neighbors who've been laboring for good long before we arrived. God is active here.
At the same time, with one glance at the schools, past and current race relations, and the conditions of many of the city’s residents, many would acknowledge that something is profoundly broken. Some consider Syracuse on the decline.
But we do not embrace the despair. Axiom Church is responding to an urgent need for Jesus-centered missional churches to incarnate within the city limits of Syracuse to engage with what God is already doing here..