Baptism of Children

Depending on your church tradition, you may view child baptism as a step of salvation or as a symbol of dedication to the Lord. However, we believe baptism is an outward expression of the inward confession of being a follower of Jesus Christ. That is called Believer’s Baptism. We believe baptism occurs after an individual makes a personal decision to confess their sins to God and accept by faith His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Baptism is a symbol of that already made decision to the public, much like a wedding ring publicly symbolizes a marriage. Baptism does not save or guarantee salvation.

Therefore, we do not perform infant baptism nor do we use it for child dedication. If children (ages 8 and older) show interest in being baptized, you should:

  1. Watch this video below and have a conversation with your child about baptism.
  2. Contact Steve Blumer, Pastor of Family and Adults. He will meet with your child to talk about their decision in becoming a believer, discuss what baptism is all about, and what it means to be a believer. This process helps determine if your child is ready for baptism.
  3. After that time and confirmation of decision, your child may be baptized and we will work with you on scheduling a time for baptism and celebration.