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.


Acts 8:12 — 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.

Acts 8:13 — Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

Acts 18:8 — Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.

Acts 19:4-5 — Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.

We see baptism as something done after making a clear decision to follow Jesus. We absolutely believe that a child or teenager can make this decision. Statistics say that most Christ followers made a decision to follow Jesus between the ages of 4-14 (84 %).


If your child is younger than 4 or 5 years of age, Child Dedication is probably the appropriate next step as children this age or younger may not be ready to make this significant decision. 


The Process

Come check out our Leading your Child to Christ class! This one-hour class is designed to equip parents to guide their child’s spiritual journey. This is for parents of kids, 5th grade and under. Participation is required for those who are interested in baptism.


To find out times and to sign up to attend, please click here.


If you have questions about kids baptism for 5th grade and under, please email:
North Campus: kidsnorth@gatewaychurch.com

South Campus: kidssouth@gatewaychurch.com

Central Campus:  kidscentral@gatewaychurch.com


For info about student baptism (6th grade and above), click here.