There is no magic age that indicates whether or not your child is ready for baptism. It’s hard to know when anyone is ready. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward choice to share with others that one has accepted Christ as his or her Savior. We usually find that kids begin to process and articulate this expression between the ages of 8 and 10. To help you, here are some questions to think through before taking the next step in the process:
- Will he or she remember it and its significance? This is a huge step. It should feel huge throughout their lifetime.
- Is he or she able to make a choice to believe in Christ?
- Is he or she able to understand the significance of identifying himself or herself as a Christ follower?
- Does he or she have an understanding of decision making and have ownership of his or her life direction?
- Does he or she clearly understand the decision to “Go Public” with their faith?
The decision to trust Christ as their Savior is the most important decision your child will ever make. The next milestone is to join with believers to publicly declare and celebrate their new life in Christ through the act of baptism. We want each child to fully understand the significance of baptism when they participate in this milestone. We hope these questions are helpful.
If you would like to talk about your child’s baptism readiness or have questions about the process, please contact Jennifer Daniel.