Holy Scripture teaches that Baptism is necessary for salvation (Mark 16:16) and that God’s grace is offered through baptism (Titus 3:4-7). Children should be baptized, as St. Peter clearly taught on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38-39). Throughout the book of Acts we read that whole households were baptized, and the witness of the earliest Christians is unanimous in the baptism of infants.
Adults who have not been baptized are invited to go through catechesis to prepare for baptism. Children of members or regular attenders should be brought to the pastor as soon as possible for baptism.
For more information, please contact Pastor Schuermann.
If you are not a member of another Missouri Synod congregation, we invite you to go through a period of catechesis and discernment. Individuals or families meet together with the pastor to study the Scriptures and Catechism, and have opportunities to ask any questions they might have. Contact Pastor Schuermann for more information.
If you are a member of another Missouri Synod congregation and have moved to the Springfield, IL area, we will help you transfer your membership to Good Shepherd. Please call the church office (217-496-3149) or contact us.