Position of the Elders:  The Ordinances for Children

(February, 2016)

The following is the position of the elders at GRBC concerning the issue of the administration of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to young children.


 1. Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry, commanded His followers to perform two ceremonies, two ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.


 2. We elders affirm that all those who make a personal profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ should, by His command, be baptized. We also affirm that those who are baptized should be participants in the Lord’s Supper.


 3. We elders affirm that the parents are the best determinant of whether a child has made a clear profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, accepting Him as their lord and savior and who they are in relationship to Him. While age can be an aid in determining the readiness of a child for baptism, we discard any “age of accountability” as the sole determinant for that readiness.  


 4. We understand the possibility that a child may have been baptized and yet not ready for participation in the Lord’s Supper because they do not, in the judgment of the parents, understand the basic aspects of the Lord’s Supper. Here again, this should be a determination made by the parents.