“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We do not charge for Baptism.
We may request a Modest Fee for the required educational portion to cover supplies and resources. This is more common in group settings where handouts are supplied and/or the meeting location has to be monetarily reserved.
Why should I consider getting baptized?
In order to understand the reason for being water baptized, it is important to carefully consider what the Bible says about it, Jesus himself was baptized. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.
At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” Mark 1:9 MSG
An Act of Obedience:
Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
A Public Declaration:
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.” Mark 16:16 MSG
What is the meaning and significance of baptism?
A Move From Death to Life:
Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.
“Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive” right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.”
Colossians 2:12-14 MSG
A Brand New Life:
It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. We bury the “old life” and we rise to walk in a “new life” Baptism is like a wedding ring, it is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart, a commitment that has to be followed through and lived out on a daily basis.
Here is one simple way to explain baptism:
Baptism is a symbol. It’s meant to show the world that you love, trust, and have put your hope in Christ. It’s like a wedding ring:
Let’s say I’m not married right now, but if I put a wedding ring on my finger, would that make me married? No, of course not. Similarly, I can be baptized in a church, but that doesn’t make me a true believer in Christ. Imagine that I really was married, though. My husband and I really did go through the marriage ceremony, but I just didn’t have my ring on my finger. Would that mean I wasn’t married? No way, of course, I would still be married. Similarly, I can be a believer in Christ, but not baptized, and my sins are still paid for and forgiven by God. But imagine that I truly was married and I really, really loved my husband. Would I wear my wedding ring? Of course! I would love my husband and want the whole world to know it! In the same way, if I have trusted Christ to save me from sin, and He is the lord and joy of my life, then I’ll want everyone to know about it. So baptism is a statement to everyone who sees it that I have trusted Christ for my salvation and I’m committed to living for Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith” and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” not by works, so that no one can boast.”
A Blessed Life:
In baptism, the believer has the triune name of the triune God placed upon them, “Father”, “Son” & “Holy Spirit”. The name of the Lord Jesus Christ is the name of the Godhead (one God in three persons). The Gospels tell us to baptize believers into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Baptism confirms our position “in Christ” and affirms the blessings of the Father on us as his children.
A New family:
Baptism also connects us to the body of Christ, his people in the earth. In baptism there is a real sense of being joined with other believers, not just participating in an individual act of our own spiritual journey.
“For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body”
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
How are we to be baptized?
As per the example of Jesus by being immersed in water. The word “baptizo” comes from the Greek word baptize which means to immerse or dip underwater.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.”
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion underwater. The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer.
“then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water.”
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptized (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is the belief in Christ!
“Those who accepted his message were baptized”
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
We believe in baptizing children when they are old enough to understand what it means and make a personal declaration of belief. (Usually, the age of 12 years old is sometimes a good benchmark.)
When are we to be baptized?
Believers in the New Testament were baptized the same day. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can be and is encouraged to be baptized.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized”
“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-39.
Depending on the Minister some may practice one or all of these methods based on the circumstances.
Rev. Hofmeister “Pastor Steve” for example is a firm believer in baptism by Immersion but is flexible when it comes to children or those who are sick or unsteady on their feet. He will gladly “dedicate” / “christen” a child with water, but believes that a child should seek baptism under their free will when of age to decide.
Baptism performed by submerging an individual in water is called baptism by immersion. Eastern Orthodox churches and some Protestant denominations practice this method of baptism. They conduct baptism in this way to imitate early church practice, which many theologians believe predominately practiced baptism by submerging individuals in moving bodies of water.
A baptism conducted by sprinkling holy water onto someone’s head is called baptism by aspersion. The method of baptism is practiced by Catholics and some Protestant denominations. Proponents of the method argue that the Greek word “baptizo” can mean “to put an element or liquid on or above.” Though theologians recognize that baptism by immersion is the typical way baptism was administered, historical practice recognizes aspersion as a common alternative for sick people, children, and individuals in prison. People who practice this type of baptism do not deny the validity of baptism by immersion. Instead, they view their practice as also valid and more practical in modern circumstances.
Baptism performed by pouring water onto someone’s head is called baptism by affusion. About the 10th century, affusion became the predominant method of baptism. Today, the Roman Catholic Church believes that baptism is valid only if the water that a person touches is moving. Thus, immersion in stagnant bodies of water and sprinkling water onto someone’s head does not adequately demonstrate an individual’s old life being washed away and are considered invalid practices by the Roman Catholic Church.
Just as an Oath of Office, an Oath in the Court of Law, or Marriage Vows are held to be important and binding, so is a profession of Faith to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We require all that come to us for baptism to attend an essential Christian Education Program. This education program could be through individual Christian Consultation with one of our Ministers, or in a group setting with others. It is at most 2 two hour sessions but can be coordinated otherwise to fit the situation.
If you are a “Returning Christian” and believe you have the “Basics” of Christian Knowledge, we offer a short online quiz that validates this to yourself and our ministers.
Profession (Statement) of Faith:
A Profession/Statement of Faith is a publically spoken admission to The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the world that you believe and are committing yourself.
It is a typical means that we use to have those committing themselves recite verbally among others and in the Ministers witness The Apostles Creed which read as:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
Christ’s holy church,
the communion of disciples,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
This may be an individual event or performed as a group depending on the event or situation.
Support Services “The Core Functions of Our Ministry”
Core Function #1
Always to spread God’s Love, The Teachings & Miracles of Jesus Christ, and warm as many areas as we can with the Holy Spirit.
We strive to do this by taking our ministry to the communities. Offering Worship, Study, and General Christian Outreach representing the Christian Church as one body out where the people are. Just as Jesus and those that carried on his ministry did by teaching and worshiping openly within the public.
Core Function #2
To provide specialized assistance to Christian Churches, or a Community of Christian Churches with ministry support services to strengthen the overall collective body of the Christian Church.
In these turbulent times and the unfortunate attacks happening on Houses of Worship, the need grows stronger daily to consider the security needs of your Facilities and Congregation.
Our Founder “Pastor Steven Hofmeister” is a Retired Private Security Supervisor with in-field experience in the protection of houses of worship. General Training, and Countermeasure Recommendations to help protect your Congregation and Facilities from Security Risks.
If you are qualified in any of these areas and would like to participate as a volunteer member of our team, email your resume to email@example.com.
Safety & Emergency Response
(( PROGRAM IN DEVELOPMENT ))
Emergencies can strike at any moment. Having Church Staff and Members properly trained to handle them can be a matter of life and death. Let our Qualified Volunteers train your Staff/Members safety procedures for extinguishing fires, Medical Emergencies / AED Training, and other responses.
We are working to recruit certified instructors in these areas to help protect your Congregation and Facilities. If you are qualified in any of these areas and would like to participate as a volunteer member of our team, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It can be difficult sometimes to revive a Church that has become stagnated in its Worship Program. Even more, so is trying to revive or modernize a Worship Program when there is a lack of volunteers and resources to do so. Let us help awaken the Holy Spirit in your congregation, let us help bring the energy and vigor of Jesus Christ back into the light.
We Help Ministries and Churches develop sustainable worship programs that fit the community’s needs.
We believe that a healthy balanced offering of both traditional and contemporary worship can be a benefit to any Church. As long as these new worship programs do not take away from the focus on praising God & Jesus Christ. Church Staff and Members can find themselves becoming lost in the “Show Business” of a worship program that becomes to0 big than truly meets the community’s need. Let our Worship Development Volunteers help you develop Worship Programs to meet your specific needs and call out to your Community without overworking your Staff and Members.
Our Worship Development Volunteers help to assess the various talents within your congregation and utilize them to develop sustainable Worship Programs. When needed and possible they can help train new Worship Leaders from within your own congregation.
Our Ministry believes that being a Church and being a Christian means you should be an active part of your community. Especially in times where that community is in need. We offer the following programs to assist Communities and Community Support Programs in the spirit provided in :
Galatians 5:13-14 NLT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our Community Outreach Volunteers are all about spreading God’s Love, God’s Word, the Miracles and Teachings of Jesus Christ, and the Enveloping Power of the Holy Spirit everywhere they possibly can.
To reach out to the local community, businesses, and other community organizations about what the Collective Christian Church can do for them, and what they then do to support it.
Reaching Out to those in the community that may need to hear God’s Word, or just need encouragement.
Being generally available to talk to and pray with those who may just need someone to listen just in passing by.
Encouraging those we encounter to get to know the Lord, encouraging them to attend one of our activities, and develop a relationship with a local Christian Church.
To not just talk about God’s Love and Christian “Agape” Love, but visually present it openly.
Part of our Community Outreach is to hear from the Community. Simply by being out and talking to people, you hear of needs and concerns that are not common knowledge.
An example would be talking to a member of the community and learning about the young widow down the road with two kids who have no family to help her.
This little bit of news allows us to rally community resources, resources of the Community’s Christian Congregations, and the resources we have available to help that young widow gain a foothold during the difficult time they are facing. This, of course, is just an example we provide to give you an idea.
We think one of the many reasons so many can not find Christ in these times is we have become accustomed to keeping the Worship behind the Church House Doors. God is around us and with us everywhere, let’s praise the Lord on the land!
We endeavor to have worship events out in the open air, in the communities we serve in addition to the services offered in the worship services provided by the Christian Churches in the Community. We strive to encourage participants to our Inter-Community Worship Program Events to find a relationship with a local church, and not rely on us solely. We want to strengthen the Christian Church as a whole body while respecting the individual congregations of the community. We encourage all local churches to participate, support, and take advantage of our Inter-Community Worship.
Worship and Ministry at Parks.
Worship Opportunities inside of Community’s (Common Areas, Community Centers, or events sponsored at the home of a Community Member)
Bring visibility of Christ to Highly active communities that have a lacking of Church participation.
To bring more people to Christ through unique worship opportunities.
To foster Christian growth for people who may be struggling with organized church aversions or the average “Sunday” Routine.
Coming Soon: We are currently lacking a sufficient volunteer base to be of any substantial assistance to any other cause.
During times of Community Emergency or Disaster Volunteers are always needed to assist those in need. They are also needed to supplement Volunteer Organizations that become short-staffed during these increased moments of activity.
We are always willing to call out Volunteers to service to help in times of Community Need. If we can help in any way, please reach out to us.
General Volunteer Sharing
Our Ministry strives to maintain background cleared and screen Volunteers for every aspect of our Ministry. We understand that many start-up Churches, Ministries, and Community Volunteer Programs do not immediately have the ability to build a properly screened volunteer base. If we are able to help support your program by offering some of our screened and backgrounds checked Volunteers to help promote your Community Program please reach out to us. If we have the ability, we will help to the best we are able.