Becoming a Member of Lea Joyner United Methodist Church

Our interest is in you!

Having you join the Church in as meaningful a way as possible is our goal. Receiving the membership vow is important. Whether you receive the vow during or following a worship service, as an individual or with a group, we value our common commitment.

Each Sunday morning, we typically receive members following the worship service.
If you decide to become part of the Lea Joyner church family, you are invited to come to the front of the church after the benediction, and a minister will greet you and receive you into membership.
We want to help you become a part of the ministry and outreach of  Lea Joyner.  After you join, we will take your picture and ask you to fill out a short form that will help us understand your interest.
You may also contact Rev. Larry O’Dell ( at 318-343-0073 during the week and let him know of your intention to join Lea Joyner.

Your baptism is accepted.

If you have been a member of another Church and have been baptized either as an infant, youth, or as an adult — using one of the traditional modes of baptism — sprinkling, pouring, or immersing, you do not need to be rebaptized to become a member of Lea Joyner.

Joining by Profession of Faith

All who join the church affirm a common profession of belief made either for you by those who love you, in your name, or stated by you at your baptism. Simply stated, that common belief is “I believe God loves me.” In coming forward to join the church, you profess your faith that:

  • Renounces anything that comes between you and God (Sin)
  • Accepts Jesus Christ as your Lord (Savior)
  • Acknowledges the Bible as authoritative, informative and inspiring to your Christian Faith. (Scripture)
  • Commits to The Church as the fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ. (Sacramental Life)

If you have not been baptized or were baptized as an infant but never professed faith nor had your faith confirmed, we invite you to make your desires known to the pastors. A special service of baptism and confirmation will be planned at a time convenient for you.

Joining by transfer of membership

If you come from another congregation, you will be asked one question:

“Will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?”

Our commitment to uphold the Church through intercessory prayer is based upon the fundamental reality that we are not simply a human agency seeking to meet human needs: we pray because we require God's guidance in order to be the church. When we pray for our pastor, for our teachers, for one another, and for those who may never even enter our doors, we express our dependence on God so that we might in turn express the will and compassion of Christ.

Our commitment to uphold the Church by our presence is a visible witness of our faith, both in the pew and in the world. Our relationship to Christ is nurtured by our presence in worship where we find spiritual guidance, comfort and strength. But our relationship to Christ is not confined to Sunday morning alone. We also uphold the Church by our presence at home, at work, at school, and in the community. Wherever we are, our presence should be an expression of our commitment to Christ.

Our commitment to uphold the Church by our gifts is a thankful response from the heart for all God has given us. Such a commitment serves to remind us of our role as stewards over what God has entrusted to us. The systematic giving of our money also helps to establish and maintain ministries that no individual or single congregation could fund alone. These worthy causes include hospitals, colleges, rehabilitation centers, food and clothing distribution, evangelistic and educational work, and emergency relief.

Our commitment to be loyal to the Church and uphold it by our service further reflects our commitment to follow the example of Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). God has entrusted all of us with certain talents and abilities, and sharing these gifts is a means of sharing ourselves out of love and gratitude toward God and love for one another.