Tuesday, May 25, 2010


You know there are several different things an organisation might make you do if you wanted to take out membership. Fill out an application form. Register online. Pay a subscription. Undergo an interview. Call in to one of our branches.

How far down the list, how far down the list of possible induction proceedures would you expect to find, 'Be plunged into a large amount of cold water?'

And we wonder why the church is struggling. Just a thought.


Rachel said...

Of course, not all churches require entire body to be plunged, or indeed use cold water. I had neither 10 years ago.

Mike Peatman said...

We use a modest amount of gently warm water.

What would you suggest as an alternative?

Alex Hobson said...

John the Baptist seemed to pull in the punters - without pandering to what he thought people wanted.

There are, however, plenty of things about the church which probably explain why we're struggling - just not sure baptism is one of the main ones!!