What is Baptism?
We believe that baptism is the action a person takes after becoming a Christ Follower. We see this many times in scripture as people believed in Jesus Christ and were subsequently baptized. We see baptism as something done after making a clear decision to follow Jesus.
Below are some prompting questions for you to consider what led you to the point of deciding to open your heart to Christ. Take time to thoroughly read and think through the passages. We encourage you to talk about your spiritual story with a Leader – but even if you only use this on your own, we hope this study will prove to be an invaluable exercise for you as you prepare for baptism.
After reading through the above, please fill out the form to be contacted about the next baptism opportunity! We'll contact you soon to see how we can help you along the journey. Steps are a little different for Kids, Students, and Adults. We look forward to celebrating with you!
DO I HAVE TO LET GATEWAY KNOW IN ADVANCE I WANT TO GET BAPTIZED?
We do encourage you to RSVP above as we want to connect with you beforehand whenever possible.
Many people do just decide on the spot to get baptized during the service and “go home wet,” which is great, and we’ll have towels for those circumstances. If you’re looking at this page though, that means you’ve been thinking about getting baptized so we appreciate your RSVP so we can support you well and plan accordingly.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING?
Please come ready to get wet. Men typically wear swim trunks and a shirt. Women typically wear a swimsuit with light-weight shorts & a t-shirt over the top. Those who decide to “go home wet” will be baptized in whatever they’re wearing.
Please invite friends & family to celebrate with you! Baptism at Gateway is a joyful event; friends often bring balloons or banners and we cheer loudly for everybody!
Please leave your keys/cell phone with a friend.
You do not need to bring your baptism self-study guide, unless you have questions.
We have some towels, though please try to bring your own.
WHEN SHOULD I COME AND WHAT HAPPENS?
Attend the service you normally go to. When it ends, go to the baptism area. We have baptisms after every service.
Check-in where indicated. You’ll fill out a small information card, then be directed to someone who will pray with & for you. This person can also answer any last-minute questions. If you are ready to be baptized, you’ll then go into the pool where a Leader or Pastor will baptize you.
Your friends & family are welcome to come with you for prayer. Most people go into the pool alone, though if you really want to have a friend go into the pool also, that’s fine.
CAN MY FRIEND/PARENT/LIFE GROUP LEADER BAPTIZE ME?
If you are involved in a Life Group, talk to your Life Group Leader for more information.
If you are not involved in a Life Group, then it may be possible for someone else to baptize you. We suggest you have that person show up at the baptism area at least 25 minutes prior to the end of the service. They should come ready to get wet and they should bring a towel. This person needs to be a Christ-follower, who has been baptized, and we prefer that they are actively part of Gateway Church.
CAN I BE BAPTIZED IF I’M NOT A “MEMBER” OF GATEWAY?
Gateway doesn’t actually have “membership”—we are happy to baptize anyone who has made a decision to trust Christ.
If you have a church home elsewhere, we do encourage you to be baptized there, surrounded by your church family. However, you are also welcome to be baptized here.
WHAT ABOUT BAPTISM FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE PART OF GATEWAY ONLINE?
If you’re in the Austin area, we encourage you to join us for one of our three Baptism Sundays throughout the year.
If you’re not in Austin, we encourage you to find a church near you and celebrate baptism with them, or we can try to connect you with a church or other Christ-followers in your area.
CAN I BE BAPTIZED IN A LAKE/POOL OR AT A TIME OF MY CHOOSING?
You can. The idea of Baptism is a celebration and a public declaration of your decision to follow Christ. The important elements include your community of Christ-followers who have been part of your journey and water. We encourage you to involve one of our staff or your Life Group leader so that we as a church can celebrate with you!
I HAVE LIMITED MOBILITY; CAN I BE BAPTIZED?
Yes, of course! Let us know your limitations and we will work to accommodate a celebration for you.
CAN MY FRIENDS/FAMILY/SPOUSE BE BAPTIZED ALONGSIDE ME?
Yes, certainly! Please come to the check-in area together.