The church in which I serve is having a Baptism Sunday event for the first time. Our old method and model has been to baptize whoever, whenever they desired baptism. I still believe this to be a viable option for all who desire to be baptized. However, we have several attending who haven’t shown an interest to make this needful step of God’s salvation plan. For this reason, we planned our first ever Baptism Sunday.
Baptism Sundays have been a part of many churches for years. As I looked for information about these types of events, I found it’s not just the large churches who have Baptism Sundays. Church plants, rural churches, and old main-line churches have started hosting Baptism Sundays. Not all of the baptisms happen in a church setting, either. You will find churches baptizing on the beach, in the creek, a member’s pool, a pond, or a river.
Scheduling varies as well. Some churches have a monthly baptism. Others have a quarterly baptism, or yearly baptism. How often a church baptizes depends on how quickly the church is growing and the need to connect them to the membership body.
Here are the reasons we considered having a Baptism Sunday for the first time.
To Draw Attention To The Need For Baptism
- In our metropolitan area, we found many were in need of baptism. Some had been baptized at an early age and never considered how they had lived their life since that act of baptism. Others who started attending didn’t realize there was a need for baptism, while other had lived life in such a way to make the act of baptism a necessary next step in their road to recovery and salvation.
- By having a Baptism Sunday, we created an awareness of their need to be baptized. It allowed the church the opportunity to stress the importance of baptism and the value we as a church place on it.
To Give Baptism Value
- The focused attention from the church on the matter of baptism increased the value of baptism in the eyes of those new to the church. For those who had already participated in baptism, they were reminded again of their personal experience and baptism’s necessity in their salvation process.
We ordered special Banners, Bulletins, Tracts, and Signs to create a buzz and provide emphasis to those coming through our doors. Since it was our first time to host a Baptism Sunday, we used promotional material from Outreach.com. Future Baptism Sundays may include special T-shirts, classes and targeted outreach.
To Give Biblical Instruction
- Our church was intentional about sharing the need for baptism. Time was dedicated every Sunday to teach about the Biblical mandate for baptism. Every classroom from ages 6 and up, took time to discuss baptism and each person’s individual need to be baptized. A special bulletin lesson was used and taught in the adult class or Worship Experience each week leading up to Baptism Sunday.
To Increase Member’s Commitment
- Let’s be honest – we all are concerned about our attendance numbers and how committed our members are to the church. We held a Baptism Sunday service to increase both.
- Leadership guru’s and church consultants are in agreement on the fact that most employees or members do not move forward because we don’t ask for specific, actionable steps. When individuals understand what is expected of them and the action that is required, many will respond positively in that direction.
- For our church, we asked for people to participate in Baptism Sunday by serving or taking the step of baptism. Either step creates a form of commitment on the individual’s part. Both will serve to connect them to our church in a greater way. We created teams to serve our altar area and at the baptismal tank. Another new team, Next Steps, will provide additional information to those baptized about what they can expect from the church and friends. It’s also a time to explain how to live an overcoming life.
- We are a week away from our first Baptism Sunday. At this time, we are excited about who has already shown interest in being a part of our service. New faces have shown up and expressed interest in being a part. There are some old faces who called and said they want to participate now that we have taught specifically why and how we are to be baptized. If one is baptized it will be a great day. If we baptize someone who has attended, but never committed to God or church, it will be an exceptional day. Someone will be baptized.
- Knowing our church has placed an emphasis on baptism will make this event life changing for our church members.
- What other reasons might you have for hosting a Baptism Sunday? Feel free to share below.