Join the family
Are you ready to be baptized or curious about what it all means? We would love to baptize you into God’s family!
We believe baptism is something that God does for us, not something we do for God. In Baptism, God connects water with His Word and changes hearts and lives. We baptize people of all ages.
Curious about what we believe?
Watch this quick video and check out the FAQ’s below. You can fill out the Baptism Details contact form or give us a call to schedule your baptism.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why does Shepherd’s Gate baptize babies?
We baptize babies because we believe that God’s gifts given through baptism are for babies, too. In Baptism, God offers people of any age the gift of faith in Jesus, the forgiveness He earned for them on the cross, and the promise of eternal life with God forever.
We baptize babies because Jesus told us to.
Go therefore 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 observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. ~Matthew 28:19-20
And Peter said to them, “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. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” ~Acts 2:38-39
Some Christians believe that baptism should be reserved for those who can think for themselves and can make a conscious decision to believe in Jesus. We do not see baptism as something we do for God, but rather as something He does for us and in us, no matter how old we are.
How can I schedule a baptism at Shepherd’s Gate?
Fill out the form below or call the church office at (586) 731-4544.
Do I need to get baptized at Shepherd’s Gate to be part of Shepherd’s Gate?
We believe that anyone who has been baptized in the name of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has received a valid Christian baptism. There is no need for re-baptism. If you have not been baptized yet, we would be honored to baptize you.
I don’t remember my infant baptism. Can I get re-baptized?
If you were already baptized, but were too young to remember it, your baptism is still a living reality. In fact, it is something to celebrate! You have had the blessing of spending your life so far living in connection with God through faith in Jesus! The reality of this faith connection is not dependent on our ability to remember it or to be aware of it as we grow up. Its reality in our lives becomes clearer to us as we remember our baptism every day, continue to mature in faith, and share it with others.