We call it
faith webbing. Our vision is to wrap our children and youth in a web of faith
so loving and caring that they will know Christ and always want to be a part of
a local congregation. The goal is to envelop our children and youth with as
many people of faith of all ages as possible—people whose faith they can look
up to and admire.
been said that it takes a village to raise a child. From a spiritual viewpoint,
it takes a congregation. That means we need a faith family in which members
have an understanding of their parts in passing on the faith to our young
people. Faith webbing is a concept we have been developing at St. John’s since
1982. It attempts to help all members of the congregation to fill the relationship
voids in each other’s lives. These people are like surrogate grandmas and
grandpas, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
book, you will meet various youth. Youth like Christopher, who at a young age
has learned to turn to his church family in a time of need. Youth like Tori,
who jumped into a congregation at the age of twelve and six years later
graduated from high school totally immersed in her congregation. And you will
meet youth like Josh, who at the age of fourteen has over one hundred people in
his life whose faith he admires. From our standpoint, that is true youth
ministry. That is faith webbing at its best, and that is what our young people
need in order to grow up strong and true.
on in, meet some youth, and start thinking about how faith webbing can not only
impact your children and youth but your entire congregation.
PECUCH has been the director of youth and family ministry at St. John’s
Lutheran Church in Grove City, Ohio, since 1982. He and his wife, Laurie, have
developed a ministry for young people in their congregation based on the
principle of wrapping their children and youth in a web of faith, developing
faith skills in young people, and focusing on outcome-based youth ministry.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Gary has a bachelor’s degree in
administration of justice and a master’s degree in not-for-profit
administration and management. Since 2008, he has also contributed to the
ministry of local congregations through his denominational Bishop’s office,
where he holds the same title. Both he and Laurie have a great passion for
passing on the Christian faith to the next generation.