40 Ways to Increase Baptisms
# 20. Publicize the baptisms with posters around your church. Elicit “one line” testimonies from people who have been baptized, take an 8×10 photo of that person, and mount their photo and quote on a 2’x3’ foam board sign. Put this on a tri-pod in a visible area after the service where people can sign-up to be baptized.
Let the “its all about me” theme take root.
# 25. Always have the baptism pool warm and chlorinated before services.
This is particularly funny to me because all of my children were baptized when the heater in the baptismal pool was broken. One daughter even cried, driving many away from obedience I am sure.
# 37. Give a follow-up booklet, a button, and a free gift for those who obey Christ’s command to be baptized.
I suggest cash. Nothing says devotion like a Benjamin!
#39. When baptizing grade school children, have the baptizing pastor hold their hands lifted high after they come out of the water, like you would with a winner in game.
If possible have Queen’s “We are the Champions” or the theme from Rocky playing in the background. Follow this up with a screening of the movie Beaches or Rudy.
al sends (HT: What?… Um via David M.)