We recommend for you to wait until your child is asking to be baptized. If they’ve asked, this is a great time to have a conversation with them about what it means to follow Jesus fully and determine if they’re ready for that next step. Here is a devotional that helps describe what baptism is. If your child has expressed interest in taking this next step, please review the 3 day devotional with them that will help you determine if they’re ready, and how to move forward. We also encourage you to talk through the following questions with them:
- Has your child decided to follow Jesus and said a prayer to put their faith in him? (You can ask this like, “When did you decide to follow Jesus and ask him to become your forever friend?”) Your child should have a specific memory of when he or she understood what Jesus did, and that he or she needs Jesus in their life. It may have been at church, at home, or even sometime when they were alone.
- We believe putting our faith in Jesus is how he saves us, not the act of being baptized. When we are baptized, we are going public with our decision of faith. Choosing to be baptized is our way to share with everyone that we’ve chosen to make Jesus the Lord and leader of our life. Is being baptized your child’s decision? Have they asked to be baptized?
If you answered no to either of these questions, we advise parents to wait. Again, baptism does not save a child. Your child does that by putting their faith in Jesus. It’s completely appropriate to wait until this is your child’s decision.
If you answered yes to both of these questions, please continue to register your child.
If you’re still unsure on where your child lands with putting their faith in Jesus and/or understanding water baptism, our Journey Kids team would love to partner with you in helping to navigate this decision! Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will respond within 48 hours.