How soon should children be baptized?
At Columbia, we wait until persons are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them It is important that a person reach an "age of accountability" prior to profession of faith and baptism. This is the age at which people can fully commit.
Is baptism a requirement for membership?
At Columbia, it is part of membership to have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though some of us were "confirmed" as children. This does not discount the previous experience, but rather adds a meaningful new experience to the life of a long-time follower of Jesus. We know that this can be an obstacle to membership for some, and we regret that, but we think most people will be excited about this opportunity to affirm their faith in Christ with their new church family.
Can my family be baptized together?
Absolutely! If each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. We strongly recommend a meeting with one of the ministers beforehand for all who are considering baptism.
Will I have to say anything?
Yes, you will be asked to speak just three words which all candidates are asked to share and are the age-old confession of baptism: "Jesus is Lord".