EMBRACING THE CITY
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Syracuse Grace CRC (the Christian Reformed Church in North America) will be a new church plant in Syracuse N.Y area. Our church planter (Rev. James Kim) and his family will move to Syracuse N.Y this summer 2017. The targeting date of starting a new church in Syracuse is August of 2017.
Our beginning will be a small but multi-ethnic Reformed church dedicated to worshipping God with all nations in Upstate New York.
We are affiliated with the Christain Reformed Church in North America. (CRC) East Palmyra CRC is our parent church.
The following is a short description of our church.
-The Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life.
- We affirm three creeds- The Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanisain Creed.
- We believe in one God who eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man who was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, was crucified, dead, and buried, rose on the third day, ascended into heaven and will come again.
- We affirm three confessions- the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.
- We emphasize on "Sovereignty, Covenant and the Kingdom of God."
- We believe that we cannot earn our salvation through good works and that the Scripture is the guide by which we evaluate our practices as Christians.
As a Reformed church, we will have the honor of connecting people in Syracuse to God, Jesus Christ, and to one another in a loving and caring setting. It will be our mission to empower our community to become disciples of Jesus Christ by learning the gospel and sharing His love.
Grace, Gospel, Community, Reformed, and Worship.
These are the cornerstones behind Syracuse Grace CRC, and we will approach each day with these in mind.
Why Syracuse N.Y?
A REFORMED CHURCH
Why Syracuse N.Y?
Let's talk about the facts of the city.
1. The Hub of the Central New York region.
Wikipedia describes, "Syracuse is the fifth most populous metro city in the state of New York. It is the economic and education hub of the Central New York. The city has functioned as a major crossroads over the last two centuries."(Wikipedia)
The city population is about 150,000. However, it is evident that many people commute from surrounding towns to Syracuse for their jobs (Hospitals and Universities). There are other major metro cities close to Syracuse such as Boston, Toronto, and Philadelphia.
2. A Center of Education.
Syracuse is home to Syracuse University and many other colleges. Thousands of young adults from all over the world come to Syracuse for preparing their future. This simple fact proves the need for a new Reformed church in Syracuse N.Y. Syracuse is a great city for college campus ministry.
3. A Multiethnic and Multicultural city.
Syracuse is also known as a multicultural hub of a city in N.Y. due to many refugees from South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Students in the Syracuse School District speak more than 70 different languages.
Syracuse Newspaper reports, "One of every six students in Syracuse schools doesn't speak English proficiently. That number is growing every year. These new students speak 36 different languages, and 85 percent are refugees."(Syracuse.com)
4. Least Bible-minded City.
The America Bible Society surveyed people about their Bible reading habits. The study found that Syracuse is one of "least Bible-minded cities." (NYUP.com) We can change this! We can bring people to the Word of God. We can boldly proclaim that "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) Yes, Jesus Christ is the Word!
5. Poverty Level is high.
The U.S Census Bureau reported that 31 percent of Syracuse's population -approximately 40,500 residents- were living below the federal poverty line in 2015. The U.S Census Bureau also found that 50.5 percent of Syracuse's population was unemployed at some point of 2015. As Christians, we can share God's love with them.
Did you see what I see? When I visited Syracuse in 2016, some people mentioned that Syracuse is a dying city like Detroit MI. However, what I see is different. I see that there are tons of opportunities for church planting such as campus ministry, refugee ministry, homeless ministry, and multi-ethnic ministry.
Syracuse New paper reports, "The region’s new population of 660,934 as of July 1, 2012 makes Syracuse the 80th most populous metro area in the nation, according to the report. In 2011, it was the 79th. Syracuse is a major hub of economic, academic and cultural activity in Upstate New York. The city is culturally multi-ethnic. The city needs HOPE. The city needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ who is the true HOPE for everyone.
In the Bible (Acts 11), the first world mission headquarters in Gentile territory began in the City of Antioch. The city of Syracuse has many potentials to become a center of mission headquarters in Upstate New York.
The city is in desperate need of gospel-driven reformed churches. That's why we (The CRC Home Missions, East Palmyra CRC, and Pastor James) planning to start a new church in Syracuse this summer 2017.
Are you getting excited about a new church plant? Yes, we are excited about this beautiful call. Let's build a good REFORMED CHURCH in the city of Syracuse N.Y!