“Baptism, whether by immersion or sprinkling, teaches. . . .” I can still hear those words. They were read every time a baby was baptized in our church when I was a teen. I probably heard them over 100 times, maybe over 200 times. But never once did I see the pastor baptize those babies…
It wasn’t anything like I’d envisioned. I had accepted a call to my third church and was ready to do it right this time. Not that I’d done it incorrectly the first two times, but you know what they say: “Third time’s a charm!”
My church is turning 40, and she is ready to take on the responsibilities of a 40 year old.
A focus on being missional runs the same risks. The strategies being employed are reminiscent of the work of our evangelism committees, but with the hope to engage more people in the task and with this added impetus: if our churches don’t bring in more people we won’t survive. The urgency is also found at the denominational level: if our churches aren’t relevant, the entire Christian Reformed Church is in trouble. We are pinning high hopes on our new Canadian Ministries Director.