Faith Webbing

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Faith Webbing is about Cross Generational Relationships

Faith is deeply personal but it can not be private. At every turn in scripture, the Lord is focused on building a community of people who seek God’s will and ways. This remains true at St. John’s as well.  We are a community connected together by the Blood of the Lamb. As such, we do our best to live into this reality.

When Joshua stirred the hearts of the Israelites towards obedience to the Lord he cried out, ‘As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ Joshua 24:15  These are powerful words to be sure. However, Joshua wasn’t talking about himself, his wife, and his 2.5 children.  Households in Joshua’s culture implied the compound where his family, servants, and extended family lived.  A household numbered anywhere between 50-100 people.

The passing on of the faith was lived out in these households.  Youth and elder lived in close proximity. Stories were passed along. Traditions were established and continued through the generations. Trades were learned and mastered. Commitment to the family and to the faith were rooted in this gathering of shared living. Each generation had an important role to play.

At St. John’s, we believe this model is still the ideal. Faith Webbing is our ancient and future approach to relationships. Our vision is to wrap our children and youth in a web of faith so loving and caring that they will know Jesus and always want to be a part of a local congregation. Faith Webbing is a purposeful intergenerational approach to connecting youth to faith through a congregation. It is a ministry of investment that challenges us to come alongside of others. We intentionally fill the relational voids that exist in each of our lives so that we are surrounded by surrogate grandparents of faith, a flock of aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters.  Be believe–and our ministry centers around this belief–that passing on the faith takes an entire congregation.

Will you join us in a ministry of Faith Webbing?

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Pastor Scott Ness

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Pastor Scott Ness loves stories and finding ways to use ordinary, everyday life to point to our amazing God. He strives to see with eyes of faith. He fails consistently. Through it all, God remains faithful and full of grace. When Pastor Scott isn't running around the church he is often found at home with his wife, Deanna and their six children.