12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

The Process

1. Entering into a process of Guided Self-Study with a Sponsor.
2. Prepared testimony.
3. Community Integration.
4. Celebrating the Process Completion.
5. Receive the Sacrament of Baptism on a regularly scheduled Baptism Sunday.

Guided Self-Directed Study For Baptism With A Sponsor

Historically, candidates for baptism have been guided and mentored by a sponsor. Here, candidates may choose a sponsor, or be provided one. The sponsor will pray for their candidate, regularly check-in, and help the candidate process the guided self-directed study. The subject for self-directed study includes listening to two previously recorded sermons, and writing one's testimony. The two sermons are found below and cover the topics of the gospel and Baptism.

Prepared Testimony

Peter tells us to, "always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15)." Thus, all Christians are to be prepared to share our personal experience of coming to faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Candidates for Baptism will be taught how to prepare and share their story of coming to faith in Jesus.

Community Integration

Baptism unites the new believer to Jesus, and the church. Therefore, it is expected that candidates for Baptism make a good faith effort to meaningfully integrate into the life of the church including:

1. Regular participation in worship on Sunday.
2. Joining a Community Group.
3. Participating in a Service Team.

Celebrating the Process Completion

At the conclusion of the Guided Self-Study and Community Integration, the Candidate will meet with other Candidates, their Sponsors and a Pastor. Testimonies and lessons learned from the Guided Self-Study will be shared for mutual encouragement. After this, Candidates will move forward in receiving Baptism.