Are you interested in baptism?

That’s great! First of all, watch this short video to make sure you understand what baptism is all about, what it means, who it’s for, and why that matters. Next, check out some baptism FAQ’s below. If you’d like to talk to us directly, click the “Let’s Talk” button below.

Dunking or sprinkling?
There is no one “right way” to baptize true followers of Jesus. Baptism isn’t magical. That said, we baptize by dunking people fully in water because the word baptize means “to plunge into, immerse.” We also believe dunking best symbolizes our identification in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Are there prerequisites for baptism?
We keep things simple. 

The only qualifier for baptism is putting your faith in Jesus and giving your life to love and follow him. There are no prep classes, because baptism is a first step; learning to follow Jesus is what happens after we get baptized. When I baptize people, it all comes down to this question: “Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour? Have you given your life to love and follow Him?” If the answer is yes, dunking is in order!

I live outside of Calgary / I'm concerned about Covid. Can I still be baptized?
Yes! There are a couple of options we can explore with you!

  1. If you’re within driving distance, maybe we can come to you, or you to us, or we can meet halfway for a baptism. We own a portable baptism tank, or maybe there’s a river, lake, or something else we can use to make this happen!
  2. If you’re connected with local believers in Jesus or another local church, you could reach out to them and be baptized.
  3. We will observe masking and other Covid protocols, and make our interaction brief and sanitary.
  4. Hot tubs, swimming pools, ad even bathtubs qualify. The main thing is declaring allegiance to Jesus.
Does it have to be a pastor who baptizes someone?
Not at all. 

Jesus’ instructions to make disciples and baptize them is given to every believer in Jesus, so any other believer ‘qualifies’ to fulfill that role in your life. It also means you are called to baptize others!

If you arrange for your own baptism, we support that 100%. We’d just ask that if you see yourself as part of Manifest (near or far) that you send us a video or some pics so we can share your celebration with the rest of the Manifest family.

Do we baptize children?
Yes and no.

Jesus gave us clear instructions about the place and purpose of baptism when he said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20). Simply put, Baptism is a first step for disciples of Jesus—people who have put their faith in Him and have given their lives to love and follow him.

Now watch how one of Jesus’ disciples, named Peter, applies Jesus’ baptism instructions in Acts chapter two:

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” 

This clearly applies just as much to children as it does to adults, provided they are old enough to understand the good news of Jesus, turn from their sins, and trust Jesus for themselves. We have happily baptized pre-teen children, because it was clear they understood what it meant to love and follow Jesus, in an age-appropriate way, and had put their faith in him.

However, because of this qualifier, we don’t baptize infants, toddlers, or children too young to understand the message of Jesus. As much as parents love their children and want the best for them, they can’t accept the message on their child’s behalf. It’s something each person must choose for themselves.

If you’re a loving parent who wants your newborn or toddler to be baptized, here’s an important question to ponder: What are you wanting for your child that you think baptism will provide or achieve?

  • Is it because of a tradition you want to uphold?
  • Are you hoping that dedicating them to God will bless or save them?

We’d love to talk about those noble desires with you and how we can support you in setting your children up for faith in God.

Let's talk about baptism!