I serve as a bi-vocational Associate Pastor in a SBC church, preaching on an every other Sunday basis, in rotation with the Senior Pastor. I ran into a situation yesterday that I have not encountered previously. We had an older couple, approximately mid-60's, visit our church for the first time. They were very complimentary and seem quite interested in our church, which is wonderful. They informed me that they are members of a United Methodist church in a nearby town. As this was their first visit, and I just spoke with them for a moment, I do not know the details of their situation, i.e. the method in which they were baptized. However, assuming they were sprinkled and not baptized by immersion, it seems clear that they would need to be baptized by immersion in order to join our church. It is not uncommon for us to baptize adults, but this is normally as a result of a profession of faith. I have not had a person with 40 or 50 years of church membership in another denomination seek membership without having been baptized by immersion in their original church. Again, my view is that they will have to be baptized properly to be legitimate members of the church. I recognize that the UMC does not always sprinkle, and there is a chance this is a moot point, depending on their personal history. However, generally speaking, how do you view this situation? It will be awkward to require them to be baptized if they seek to join the church, but we certainly will follow the biblical model and not what is the easiest path. Your thoughts are appreciated.