Such as These: Exploring Conversations with Southern Baptist Children about Conversion and Baptism

From: Volume 10, Issue 2: Fall 2013, Transformational Teaching and Learning Pages 264-285


The history of Baptists describes their changing views of conversion and baptism of children. This qualitative research was designed to explore how 22 children, their parents/guardians, pastors, and other leaders from 14 Southern Baptist churches describe the phenomenon of conversion and baptism in the lives of the boys and girls. The research revealed that leaders in the faith community play a significant role in conversion, language of the faith can assist and distract from understanding, and children are influenced by the need to be included or by concern related to exclusion.

Key Words: conversion, baptism, children, Southern Baptists, New Christians class



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