How to make baptism services memorable

July 27, 2021

Baptism is a major celebration in the Baptist church. The Baptist Faith and Message describes baptism this way:

“Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.”

As worship leaders, we should strive to make baptisms more memorable for our people to really celebrate the occasion. Here are a few ideas you can incorporate into your baptism services.

Prepare video testimonies of the person being baptized. Not only is this a great way to share the person’s testimony in a succinct and powerful way, but it also provides a smooth transition as the person can get into the baptistry while the video is being shown. Prerecording the testimony allows for editing the finished product to a strong presentation. In the testimony interview, ask questions that can really impact lives of the hearers as they are presented with the gospel message.

Include testimonial salvation songs for the congregation to sing as a response to the baptism, helping them remember their personal salvation and the joy that has brought to their lives. There are a few songs specific to baptism, such as the traditional hymn, “Baptized in Water.”

Consider holding the baptism in a lake, river or other venue outside of the church for a special gathering.

Present a baptism T-shirt for the person to remember their baptism and be a witness to friends when worn.

Have family and others that were instrumental in the person’s salvation and discipleship to stand during the baptism.

Let the person being baptized choose someone important to their faith to pray for them after they are baptized.

Have a reception after the service to celebrate.

If you have more than one service, be sure to share the testimony videos and baptism information with congregants in the other service so they are included in the celebration.

Recognize baptism anniversaries by sending a card, making a call or visit to help the person remember the day. Use the contact as a way to check up on their discipleship progress.

A candle can be lit after the baptism as the person is reminded that they are to shine the light of the gospel to the world around them.

Ask the congregation to covenant to pray for and support this person in their discipleship journey.

Invite a family member to read a relevant Scripture passage.

What would you add to the list? Please add your ideas in the comments below.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a lightly edited version of a post that originally appeared at

by Kenny Lamm  
Worship and Music  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Baptist Children’s Homes breaks ground for three new foster care homes

Almost 300 staff members and trustees of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH), Cleveland County dignitaries, supporters and friends came together on Sept. 11 for the groundbreaking of three new homes near Shelby, N.C. River Hill Refuge, as it will be known, will...

10 principles for leading in church revitalization

Many churches in our world today are in deep need of revitalization. In order to lead your church in revitalization, there are some basic principles you must follow. Here are 10 principles for a revitalizer: Be humble. You must swallow your pride, humble yourself and love even...

What you can do when your church is in decline

Facing reality in churches can be tough. When a faithful, dedicated church member of many years sees the church losing ground as the neighborhood around the congregation changes, painful feelings emerge and uncertainty abounds. This feeling is exacerbated when one’s age puts them...

5 reasons you should care about the new church fostering movement

A new movement is emerging among churches of all sizes. Though in its infancy, this movement has the potential to add a significant amount of energy to the world of church revitalization. The church fostering movement is one you should follow. What is church fostering? It’s good...

Help and Hope: ‘Humanity at its finest’

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred dumped unexpected levels of rain on western North Carolina last month, pushing the Pigeon River beyond its banks in Haywood County and causing devastation to homes in its path. Aug. 17, 2021, is a date many residents will never forget. “I have...

Baptism Sunday requires volunteer training, preparation, pastor says

As part of Baptism Sunday alongside other Southern Baptists, Mercy Church has several names slated of those to enter the baptistry Sept. 12. But it’s those unplanned baptisms, said Pastor Spence Shelton, that require an extra level of training for volunteers. Of course, anyone who...

20 years later: Baptists on Mission remember 9/11 response

When the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial was closed to the public this summer because of COVID-19 restrictions, Skip Greene drove as close as he could to the gate. Greene, a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Boone, wanted to see the place where he served 20 years ago,...

Tharrington honored for 50 years of service with Baptists on Mission

Lynn Tharrington had two dreams as a little girl — to work in an office and serve as a missionary. Never in her wildest imagination did Tharrington think she would get to do both for 50 years while serving North Carolina Baptists in the same role for the entirety of her working...


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!