Free Online Ordained Minister Training
Learn the Steps You Need to Follow to Get Ordained Online
So, you want to get ordained online? Look no further. This is your beginner’s guide to becoming an official ordained minister. As an ordained minister, you can start a church, conduct baptisms, marry two individuals, create a non-profit religious organization and train other ordained ministers. If Joey on Friends and Kris Jenner from Keeping Up with the Kardashians can manage to get their credentials online, then you can too! Prior to writing this article, I was curious about the process, so I actually went through all of the steps to get ordained. I can officially call myself an ordained minister. The process is extraordinarily simple.
You can officiate weddings when you become registered as an ordained minister of your county.
Five Steps to Get Ordained Online
Step 1. Find an organization’s website offering free credentialing to get ordained online. There are several legitimate websites offering these services, such as the Universal Life Church Monastery, Spiritual Humanism, and Rose Ministries. I personally used Universal Life Church Monastery and they provided me with a lot of information.
Step 2. Depending on the organization you choose, the steps may differ. However, many organizations initially request that you fill out a short form in which you provide your name, address and phone number. Additionally, you will have to certify that you are over the age of 13 years. Apparently, anyone 14 years and older can become ordained. This step confirms your identity with the organization, so you may be issued a certificate
Step 3. If your primary goal is to marry two individuals, you will need to look over a very short training manual to understand your duties and responsibilities for conducting a legal marriage ceremony. The manual I downloaded was approximately two pages in length.
Step 4. At this point, you need to contact your local county clerk or the clerk in the county where you wish to provide services as an ordained minister to register as an officiate. Because states and counties differ in their policies, you need find out what documentation is needed to be an approved ordained minister in that particular region. Some governing areas require nothing but a certificate of authenticity, while other regions may require a certificate of authenticity of ordination credential, a letter from the church or organization from which you were ordained and signed statements of ministry. My particular county required all three of the aforementioned documentation. These forms of documentation were available for a small fee for each piece of documentation required. For all three forms, I ended up paying the organization approximately $25.
Step 5. Upon registering with the county clerk, you are officially and legally able to marry two individuals. It is your job as an ordained minister to ensure the wedding is legally binding. Make sure that a marriage certificate has been issued and proper paperwork is filed after the wedding ceremony.
Potential Concerns for Becoming Ordained Online
Just because an ordained minister legally weds two individuals, this does not mean that the denomination or the religion of the two individuals will accept the marriage. If the individuals getting married do not have a religion, then there are no worries. However, some religions require an ordained minister practice that particular faith in order to consecrate the marriage. Because each religion is different, check with your church to determine if your marriage will be acknowledged with the ordained minister of your choice.
Is Online Ordination Legal?
Yes, in a short answer. The United States government takes a hands-off approach when it comes to ordination. The Bill of Rights holds a Freedom of Religion clause that prohibits the government from controlling or regulating religion in any way. Instead, churches hold the control of regulating who can become an ordained minister and who cannot. Thus, churches may reject or accept your application to become an ordained minister. As a result, individuals accepted by a recognized entity are as legal as a person graduating from a classroom seminary school.