Our mission is to empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. We do this not by outsourcing parents, but by resourcing them to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges. We also support faith leaders in churches and schools by providing content and facilitators who effectively introduce and address life’s toughest topics.
In 2006, a tiny seed began to sprout. Jeremiah Callihan and David Eaton had finally seen enough friends, family, and acquaintances walk away from God, their faith, and the church after graduating from high school. Something had to be done about this epidemic. What was causing such a mass exodus? What was missing? They were going to find out.
So they put in the hard work, time, fundraising, and research to begin their new educational non-profit that would offer God’s truth in creative ways to the next generations. After months and months, their organization finally had a name and its first six hours of presentation content. In September of 2007, they spoke at their first school, which was the start of a semester of testing their concept. After reaching almost 2,000 students and teachers, they realized that God had given them something special, unique, and desperately needed.
The seed continued to sprout and grow, and they forged ahead, taking teams to speak to students about faith, the power of ideas, and moving from apathy to compassionate action. Two years later, Axis was able to hire its first employees and continue to increase its impact. Since then, Axis has grown to include 13 full-time employees and 3 traveling teams that speak to over 30,000 students each year.
Our strategy is simple, yet incredibly unique: We are culture translators. Being aware of the pulse of culture allows us to bridge the gap between generations by translating pop culture into the ideas it espouses for younger generations, while explaining and interpreting youth culture in ways that older generations understand. By speaking the languages of both generations, we bring common ground and open the way for understanding.
Throughout it all, God has continued to shape and mold Axis. He showed us that we needed to expand our vision to include parents and grandparents in the discipleship process. Families shouldn’t be outsourced; they should be resourced to better disciple the next generations into logical, lifelong, life-changing faith in Jesus Christ! Because of that, Axis now offers a multi-generational family presentation designed to bring families together again. We also realized that our teams’ reach is finite, so we added a digital platform, called Axis+, through which to distribute content to those who otherwise might not have seen our presentations. To date, over 60 schools and churches have experienced this creative way of experiencing our content.
Ultimately, we believe in a theology of change. We are not just about individual conversion. We focus on long-term discipleship via families, the Church, and schools through the formation of beliefs, habits, and community. By God’s grace, provision, and guidance, the sprout has turned into a vibrant, flourishing tree! We can’t wait to see what He does next 🙂
We are always looking to expand our capacity by adding more traveling teams and more year-round staff members. Many will be added as Axis continues to grow by God’s grace. We also have many topics and concepts to be developed into new curricula, as time and resources allow.
In addition, we are currently pursuing the development of a digital platform that will help us provide resources that aid in the discipling of students and talking about difficult concepts. By developing this, we will be able to help millions—instead of thousands—of parents and grandparents as they strive to transfer a legacy of lifelong faith to the next generations.
Since Axis’ focus and vision have changed unexpectedly throughout the years by God’s leading, we are excited to see what other opportunities He brings to us!