TheNet was founded in 2020 in Barrie Ontario and was birthed out of a vision to bring authentic faith to post-secondary students in the region. At TheNet we strive to see a living example of new testament living displayed in our daily interactions with students and faculty alike.
Launched by Jeff and Jennifer Weston, the idea behind TheNet was tri-fold in conception and execution:
We are called to “fish” for people – In Matthew 4, we read that as Jesus was launching his ministry, he came upon two brothers named Simon (Peter) and Andrew, who were fishermen by trade, and He called them to follow Him, saying, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.”
We operate in a digital world – The world as we know it is constantly changing and evolving to operate on a bigger playing field and with faster communication methods. The internet has become more than a place for websites and email. It’s become a means of fast communication, broad information dissemination and instant social connection. The internet has become a tool for removing geographic barriers and instituting new methods of connection and development.
Campus life isn’t forever, the world comes after – As post-secondary students finish up their studies, a new world waits beyond which will see their learning put into practice. The reality that a single campus is a launching point for global reach by thousands of students each year, reinforces that idea of six degrees of separation originally theorized by Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy, who wrote about the idea in a short story called “Chains”. To imagine the tangled web that covers the globe through social connections, it’s not hard to imagine a net reaching around the world – one which originated from our own backyard.