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The Bible does not give us a precise age for baptism. All we can legitimately infer from the biblical teaching on baptism is that a child must be able to give a credible profession of faith. We believe there are many younger children who could make such a profession but who may not be ready for baptism. We also believe there are older children who could give a "credible" profession but might still not be spiritually ready. As a matter of policy, we do not set an age requirement. Instead we leave it up to the parents or guardians to discuss baptism with their child and determine when the candidate is ready to begin the preparation process. The promises we are making in baptism should not be made lightly. Encouraging a young person to wait emphasizes the significance and importance of baptism.

When in doubt about your child, our pastoral staff encourages you to wait. The older your child is will allow us to more thoroughly prepare him or her. This process for baptism can be an intellectual stretch for a number of children, and may require a substantial simplification for younger children. Again, we encourage you to not rush through this process but ensure that your son or daughter is prepared. Be sure to ask your child if he or she has any questions.

When parents and/or guardians are spiritually preparing their son or daughter for baptism, there are several goals of the process.

  • Glorify Christ and the redeeming work of the cross.
  • Help discern your child's readiness for baptism.
  • Involve the spiritual leader of the home in the preparation process.
  • Provide the candidate with another opportunity to embrace the Lord in a decisive and memorable way.
  • Inspire your child to live in obedience and faithfulness to the Lord.
  • Prepare and equip your child for membership at First Baptist Church.
  • Provide an opportunity for the immediate family and the wider community of believers to publicly affirm, support, encourage, and pray for the candidate.
  • Please contact our Children's Ministry at 479-474-1271 or email

    Connie Lawyer if you wish to schedule a time for you or your child to discuss baptism.

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