If you are not familiar with Transformation Syracuse and have not had the opportunity to attend any of Transformation Syracuse's four previous gatherings, Transformation Syracuse's mission is to identify and address through prayer the spiritual issues that are contributing to the upsurge in godlessness in the Syracuse area and are hindering revival.
Much research into Syracuse's history (spiritual mapping) has been done and several issues have already been identified and dealt with at prior gatherings. It is Transformation Syracuse's purpose to see the land cleansed and purified through corporate repentance, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, so that deep and lasting revival may come. Since 2006 is the 100th anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival, our hope is that Syracuse may experience transformation to the extent that Los Angeles did in 1906. God is calling His prayer warriors together to see the Greater Syracuse area transformed and revived!
As you are probably aware, Syracuse has never had a major and lasting revival. In fact, the CNY area has long been known as a "dark" area spiritually by the evangelists who have come here. Even Charles Finney, who had great success in Rochester with bars closing down and churches filling to overflowing (an almost unbelievable conversion rate of 90% was achieved), had very little success in Syracuse. Finney even referred to some areas of New York State as Sodom. Billy Graham, when he was here in the 60s said he would never come back because the area was so spiritually hard. There are some who believe the cloudy skies over Syracuse (we surpassed Seattle a few years ago) are symbolic of this area's spiritual condition. There is in fact much depression, crime, and sickness in this area. In 2003 Syracuse's murder rate exceeded that of New York City. There is a high incidence of breast cancer in and around Syracuse and the North East has the highest incidence of M.S. in the country. Syracuse is also known as the Wiccan capital of New York State.
To identify what is hindering major revival in the CNY area, a small group of Christians gathered together to scout out the land (mapping) as the beginning of a long process to identify the giants in the land and begin the spiritual transformation of this area. As a result of this initial effort, several specific areas were identified that will require corporate intercessory prayer to achieve break through and ushers in revival.
We are seeking pastors, intercessors, ministry leaders and others who are dedicated to seeing CNY transformed spiritually. The purpose in having a company of pastors, intercessors and other spiritual leaders is to corporately seek battle strategies from Jesus -- the Captain of the Host. We want to determine His priorities and His timing, which will only come as a result of intercessory prayer. We understand from the USSPN and others that it could be an extended season of prayer -- lasting as long as 3-5 years. It is only unity among God's people that will ultimately bring total revival to this area.
Unity pleases God (Psalm 133). It exists at some level in the Syracuse region, but is limited -- partially because of the particular strongholds that exist here. However, we believe that, as we come together in humility and pray, God will hear and heal our land and His people. As the brothers and sisters of various churches and denominations labor together in prayer, we can move God's heart to sovereignly dislodge powers and principalities in high places. We believe that only when there is corporate unity will the "dome of darkness "over CNY be destroyed so that full and lasting revival can come.