5 ways to make baptism a big deal

July 12, 2021

In the church planting world, baptism days are one of the most exciting celebrations that are a highlight for both the church and the individuals professing their faith through baptism.

So when our new executive director-treasurer, Todd Unzicker, announced that on Sept. 12, we were challenging N.C. Baptist churches to “Fill the Tank,” the Church Planting NC team was ecstatic about the opportunity to partner with churches across our state for this statewide emphasis to see believers baptized.

Over the next month we will be releasing different resources to help you to prepare for this event. But here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how to best prepare to “Fill the Tank.”

1. Lead the church to begin praying for a harvest.
Summer is a wonderful time to begin praying for the next season. We believe God is at work drawing people to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19-21), so we must join Him in that work. The North American Mission Board launched an initiative called “Who’s Your One?” to encourage every believer to pray for and share the gospel with the one person God lays on their heart. Challenge church members to pray for their “one.” Imagine the impact on your community if every believer in your church would take up this challenge. When we pray and share, God promises to do His part (Isaiah 55:11).

2. Engage the church to engage the community.
When a church prayerfully devises a process for engaging their community and meeting new people, opportunities to share the gospel increase. Make a plan to get out into the community. Host some block parties, participate in community events by serving, and don’t forget to invite the community using simple door hangers or invitation cards.

If the angels in heaven throw a party when new believers join the family (Luke 15:10), we should as well.

3. Reinvigorate post-summer with a mobilization month.
With younger churches having a tendency to be mobile, August is an excellent month to press the reset button and create a church-wide synergy for the next season. Consider developing a vision series that refocuses the church on who we are and what our mission is. Plan a church-wide day of service where the church does various local mission projects in the community. Or work with your Sunday serving teams to prepare them to engage attendees and first-time guests.

4. Plan a big gospel day.
When I was a church planter, the last Sunday of August was often our biggest day of the year when our attendees would invite the people they had been praying for to church. Plan your best day, your best teams, your best music and your best evangelistic sermon and let’s beg God to save people on Sunday, Aug. 29. And don’t forget to sign up new believers to be baptized on Sept. 12.

5. Plan the celebration.
Baptism day is a big deal, so we should make plans for a celebration. If the angels in heaven throw a party when new believers join the family (Luke 15:10), we should as well. Promote it online, send invitations to loved ones on their behalf, take photos of the moment as well as after to send to participants. Make sure to download the baptism service planning guide for suggested step-by-step instructions on how to prepare well.

We are praying that on Sept. 12 we will see the greatest single day of reported baptisms in the history of our state, and I’m believing our church planters can be difference-makers. As Unzicker told the board of directors, “This is not a publicity stunt or a gimmick. Let’s dedicate this to prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of people.”

Click here to sign your church up to participate in “Fill the Tank.”

by Mike Pittman  
Church Planting NC  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Fisher retires after 36 years at Caldwell Association

Dale Fisher received quite the surprise on his 70th birthday. Not only did ministry colleagues serenade him with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” during the N.C. Associational Missions Conference in early April, they also recognized Fisher for his long tenure of service in leading...

The power of a name: God’s faithfulness in mental health

If I have learned one lesson this year, it’s that there is power in a name. When we give our struggle a name, we are able to better distinguish truth from lie and work toward healing. Naming opens the door to freedom and sheds light on truth that can feel uncomfortable, exposing...

Scholarship to cover tuition for new Fruitland students

New students now have an opportunity to attend Fruitland Baptist Bible College tuition-free this fall. Fruitland recently announced a new scholarship that will cover tuition costs for new, full-time students attending the Hendersonville campus during the fall 2022 quarter. The...

Un pastor de Charlotte planta una segunda iglesia después de pasar meses en el hospital

El otoño pasado Oscar Muñoz por fin regresó al hogar después de pasar ocho meses en un hospital y también en un centro de rehabilitación donde recuperó sus fuerzas luego de batallar con complicaciones por causa del COVID-19.Unas semanas más tarde, alrededor del Día de Acción de...

Ongoing prayers for the end of Roe

Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide through its decision in a case known as Roe v. Wade. Since that time, millions of Christians have been praying for the reversal of that decision, and now there are strong indications the high court is closer...

6 common questions about foster care

May is National Foster Care Month. Throughout the month, advocates raise awareness about the realities and needs of foster care, including answers to these six common questions. Here’s what you should know. Who are the children?Foster children can be any child in North Carolina,...

One year in: Remembering what God has done

It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since I started as your executive director-treasurer. At the same time, as I look back on all that God has done, it’s hard to believe it’s only been a year. He indeed can do far more than we ask or imagine.  A year ago, I presented a...

Top 5 resources for May 2022

Every few months, we spotlight five helpful resources for you as you seek to walk closely with the Lord and make disciples. Many of these resources are created by N.C. Baptist staff to help meet the ministry needs of leaders across the state.Check out this month’s roundup, which...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay connected by signing up for the N.C. Baptist monthly newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!