I was reading on a youth ministry board about a situation similar to one I've been through and thought I'd see how the people on this board would handle it. Here is the situation: I'm at summer camp. The speaker there preaches the Word and several students make first time professions of faith. During counseling with the students you teach them that not only is Christ the Savior but also the Lord and one of the first acts of obedience to Him is to be baptized. On returning from camp you find out that although the parents of the student are fine with their child being baptized they have not decided yet to make your church their home church and are still in the process of considering where God would have them join. Therefore can their child be baptized but not come as a canidate for membership? In my situation (and the other YM who I was reading's situation, except he had more teens because of a fruitful revival) I was told by my interim pastor that one must come as a canidate for membership when coming for baptism. When I talked to the chairman of deacons I was told the same thing. Keep in mind, I desire to be in submission to the authority of my pastor (even the interim pastor) and the deacon body. What should I do or what would you do?