As the Western church continues its transformation and the number of un-churched people increase, who will be called on to meet the needs for baptisms and dedications? Will it be a pastoral counselor, chaplain or other minister who the un-churched person connects with?
That is exactly the trend we see as people are getting their spiritual needs met outside of the traditional church. Like it or not, the church is changing and we as ministers need to be more available than ever to assist with things like baptisms and dedications.
Stop for a moment and think about the possibilities and potential you have as a minister to reach people for Christ simply by asking the young couple with a newborn, who is doing the baby dedication. According to current statistics they probably they don’t attend church, but they most likely do consider themselves spiritual. This simple discussion can lead not only to a baby dedication, but an open invitation to discuss spiritual matters, parenting, marriage and many other issues. Are you prepared to follow through?
A baby dedication is only one example of the many opportunities to impact people’s lives. What about dedicating a person’s new business to the Lord, their new home or apartment?
Any of these simply life impacting dedications can be what the Lord uses to draw them into a relationship. If this happens they will now look to you as their spiritual parent and minister. Will you be equipped to baptize them and disciple them? It would be irresponsible as a minister to not be prepared to serve them and need to refer them to a pastor that they don’t know.
Can you describe at least four baptisms in the Bible? Are you equipped to lead a person into them?
Are you ready to minister to that young couple with the newborn you met in the grocery store?
These are the topics of our next conference.
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