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A question for Protestants

I was wondering what happens after an altar call? Does your church provide follow up? Is guidance offered?


Asked by adnilm at 4:26 PM on May. 10, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • It generally depends on what Protestant denomination you're talking about ... non-denominationals tend to disregard doctrine and theology as something relevant to believers. However, there are still Protestant churches concerned with Christian orthodoxy who will offer some form of Catechism class. They usually use the Westminster Catechism, or they will extrapolate major points. It just depends on the particular denomination.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 10:26 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • Full of questions... I church hop and every church does something different. In the bigger ones I think people sometimes get over looked so you may prefer a smaller one considering obviously you have questions. Most churches have some kind of pamphlets. Some will want you to stay after to answer any questions you may have and welcome you to their church. I think Baptisims are usually scheduled sometimes only after request though.

    Answer by BUTTERCUP777 at 5:04 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • It's when the Pastor/Minister asks for people that need to ask God into their life, Jesus into their heart, say the sinners prayer, etc. to come to the front of the church to do so. It may signify laying your old life on the altar before God as you are given a new life committed to Christ.

    Answer by BUTTERCUP777 at 12:40 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • What happens afterward depends on when the altar call was done. Our church does follow up afterwards and provides guidance or makes referrals if it is something we can't really help with.

    Answer by trish2tew at 4:31 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • What is an Altar Call?

    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:11 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • My church isn't pushy about the "follow up" but certainly if you needed more help they'd be there to help you.

    Answer by Renee3K at 9:58 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • What is an Altar Call?

    An alter call is where a Pastor (after preaching a sermon) invites anyone who feels moved by the Spirit to "accept Jesus Christ into their heart," and "say the sinner's prayer."

    I'm opposed to the practice of alter calls (as a Protestant) because it chalks salvation up to our work and saying a certain prayer .... which becomes little more than "casting spells" IMO. Not all protestant denomonations do alter calls. Many of the older ones simply invite potential converts to speak to the pastor or one of the elders for a discussion about their spiritual state.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 10:31 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • Edit
    non-denominationals tend to disregard doctrine and theology as something *irrelevant* to believers.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 10:33 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • Thank you trish2tew. Do you have pamphlets at the door to offer spiritual guidance? Do ushers direct the person to stay after church or anything like that? Are baptisms planned or spontaneous?

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 4:34 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Not all Protestant denominations do altar calls.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:39 PM on May. 10, 2011