Lutherans/adult baptism


what is involved for an adult to be baptized?

With infants and young children, they are usually Baptized first and instructed later.  They would then be confirmed, in acknowledgment of the gifts given to them in Baptism, after their instruction.  With adults, the order is reversed among Lutherans.

Typically when an adult hears the message of Jesus and believes it, they would then begin instruction in the teachings of the Christian faith with their pastor.  At the conclusion of their instruction, they would then be Baptized, as well as Confirmed, simultaneously.  I know of churches where they do adult instruction in a single all-day session on a Saturday, and others where they may meet weekly for as much a year prior to Baptism/Confirmation.  Typically it is between those extremes, with group instruction lasting 12-15 weeks and individual instruction lasting as long as necessary for the individual to grasp the material.  


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Rev. Jason P. Peterson


I welcome the opportunity to answer questions regarding the beliefs and practices Lutheran Christians, especially questions comparing Lutherans with other Christian denominations or questions which contrast between various kinds of Lutherans. I am especially familiar with the more conservative Lutheran denominations (LCMS, ELS, WELS, etc.). I also take a great interest in examining new Christian movements and popular trends in Christianity from a Lutheran perspective. In addition, I can answer most questions about the original Greek text of the New Testament and its meaning, as well as questions regarding liturgy, evangelism, and preaching. A special area of interest in my ministry is race track chaplaincy/ministry, and I would love to provide information and guidance for anyone interested in this area.


I have been a pastor in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod for the past six years at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burt, IA. I currently serve as chairman of the Commission on Ministerial Growth & Support of the Missouri Synod's Iowa District West and as Track Chaplain at Algona Raceway in Algona, IA. I also write as a religion columnist for two local newspapers.

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