What is baptism?
The simplest definition of baptism is this: an outward expression of an inward change. In other words, baptism isn't about getting saved. That's already happened (inward change). Baptism is an opportunity to stand in front of your family, friends, and church community expressing the change that's taken place in your life since you placed your trust in Jesus.
Baptism is your next step after you’ve said “Yes” to Jesus!
It’s a public statement sharing your decision to trust Jesus for salvation
and your intention to follow His direction for your life.
When can I be baptized?
During the last year, we have been unable to schedule baptisms due to COVID restrictions. However, we are now scheduling baptisms, with the next one on Sunday, May 9, in both the 9 and 11 AM services.
Once you complete a brief application, a staff member will contact you with more details. Click HERE to fill out the application.
What happens next?
After submitting an application, a member of our staff will reach out to you to set up a brief meeting. You will examine the biblical basis for baptism, talk over the logistics of your special day and share the story of your journey to faith in Jesus. You will receive help in writing your story. There are two options for sharing the story of your spiritual journey: publicly at the time of your baptism or privately during this meeting.
One of Immanuel’s pastors will baptize you on the date you choose. If you wish to be baptized by someone else (a family member, close friend or spiritual mentor), that can be arranged. The one who baptizes you must have been baptized by immersion since trusting Jesus for salvation.
We also offer an option which allows you to decide to participate on the day of scheduled baptisms. In this case, you will share your story with an elder, and one of our pastoral staff will baptize you. We provide everything you need (shirt, shorts, etc).
Baptism is also a step in the membership process.