Baptism on the Bruderhof
Baptism by water symbolizes dying, being reborn, and rising to a new life in Christ. Through baptism, sins are washed away and a person is filled with the Holy Spirit. For Bruderhof members, baptism is an individual declaration of faith and the most important step that can be taken as a Christian. Baptism constitutes complete personal renewal. It involves repentance, seeking forgiveness for sins, and a commitment to follow Christ for life. As such, the decision to request baptism must be made as an adult.
Among those born into the Bruderhof, a request for baptism typically occurs in young adulthood, but it can happen for anyone at any stage of life. It is necessary to have been baptized to become a Bruderhof member, but we also support and can offer baptism for seeking Christians who are not planning to become members. All baptismal candidates undertake a period of study and prayerful preparation, meeting with pastors and other members to examine the meaning of this step.