What if we don’t want to entrust the Church to Jesus because Jesus might have some dying and rising in mind? Could it be that we desire to be formed in ways other than the ways the triune God active in baptism forms us? Is it possible that the Church born from the font is not the Church we want? And so, we seek other ways of forming and growing the Church so that we won’t ever die.
Baptism will form the Church in ways we don’t want to be formed. Allow me to share six ways: (1) giving up on growing; (2) promoting patience; (3) serving the Holy Spirit; (4) worshiping wondrously; (5) behaving differently; and (6) speaking of Jesus.
Satterlee, Craig Alan, "How Baptism Doesn't Form Us: Why We Seek Other Ways to Grow The Church" (2018). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 131.