Baptism by immersion is an outward display of an inner transformation. It signifies one's death to sin and newness in Jesus Christ. Because the Great Commission commands us to baptize (Matt. 28:19-20), we view baptism as an important step for all believers.
Below is the Baptism process for those ages 11-18. Please see Reasons for Waiting to learn more about why we do not recommend Baptism for those under age 11. If you are interested in pursuing Baptism as an adult, please see How Do I Get Baptized (Adult)?
1. Parent Orientation
For the young person who is being raised in a Christian home, preparation for baptism begins with his or her parents. Parents are often in the best place to discern readiness, provide instruction, and prepare their child to take this significant step.
For this reason, the first step on the path to baptism is for parents to attend an Orientation Meeting. This 90-minute session is designed to help parents understand the goals for the preparation process, as well as receive the materials and instruction they need to pursue those goals with their child. Several orientation dates are offered at the beginning of each year.
2. Individual sessions between parent & child
Following the orientation meeting, parents (preferably fathers) are encouraged to plan six 1:1 sessions with their child. During this time, the parent will explore the child’s:
- Understanding of the gospel and the saving work of Christ
- Assurance of salvation and the reasons for that assurance
- Understanding of the meaning and significance of baptism
- Testimony of faith and commitment to follow Christ
3. Baptism Interview
After the 1:1 sessions are complete and parents are satisfied that their child is ready to proceed with baptism, we will schedule an interview with a College Park elder and at least one other adult who is spiritually invested in the young person’s life (perhaps a Sunday School teacher or youth leader).
The interview is an opportunity for the candidate to give a testimony of faith, express understanding of the gospel, and review the significance of baptism.
4. Baptism Service
Once approved by the elder, the candidate is able to participate in one of our Baptism Services.
To begin the baptism process with your child, please visit yourchurch.com/baptism.