Become Ordained in Texas Beginning as a Licensed Wedding Officiant

Have you ever been approached to officiate a wedding in the beautiful state of Texas? Are you intrigued by the idea of becoming a wedding officiant? Do you sense the calling to ministry and wonder how to get ordained in Texas into other minister roles?

If so, Christian Leaders Institute in partnership with Christian Leaders Alliance can provide the guidance and training you need. With their free online ministry training  and connection to an ordination program with the Christian Leaders Alliance, you can take on ministerial roles and serve your community. Let’s explore how this partnership can open doors for you in the world of officiating and ministry.

Become ordained in Texas as a Wedding Officiant

The Importance of Training and Endorsement:

Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers comprehensive online ministry training that equips individuals with the knowledge and skills required to officiate weddings and perform various ministerial duties. However, CLI’s program is not a standalone ordination process. To be ordained through Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA), you must not only complete the wedding officiant training (takes about 10 hours of study) but also seek local endorsement. This ensures that you are recognized and supported by your local community, giving credibility to your ordination.

Ordination and Credential Management:

Once you successfully complete the training and receive endorsement, This is not an online ordination program from ordination mill websites. This program includes study and local endorsements. Christian Leaders Alliance holds your credentials for ordination at their headquarters in Spring Lake, Michigan. This central repository provides a reliable and organized system for managing your ordination documents. Furthermore, by being part of the Christian Leaders Alliance Directory, your profile becomes accessible to couples and individuals seeking an ordained wedding officiant or other ministerial services.

Understanding Texas’s Wedding Officiant Laws: In Texas, the laws governing wedding officiants are defined under the Texas Family Code, specifically Chapter 2, Subchapter F. According to this subchapter, the following individuals are authorized to solemnize marriages in the state:

Ordained ministers of the gospel: Individuals who have received ordination or appointment from a religious denomination, society, or sect and maintain regular communion with their religious organization. Judicial officials: This category includes judges, retired judges, justices of the peace, and retired justices of the peace.

Religious organizations:

A marriage may also be solemnized by a person who is an officer or authorized representative of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct the marriage ceremony.

Conclusion: Becoming a wedding officiant in Texas opens up a world of opportunities to serve couples in their most significant moments. Christian Leaders Institute, in collaboration with Christian Leaders Alliance, offers free online ministry training and an ordination program that includes wedding officiant training.

By obtaining local endorsement and having your credentials held securely at the Christian Leaders Alliance headquarters in Spring Lake, Michigan, you can establish yourself as an ordained wedding officiant and be listed in the Christian Leaders Alliance Directory. Embrace this journey of ministerial service and become a trusted guide for couples as they embark on their lifelong commitment of love and companionship in the great state of Texas.

To enroll in the program, follow these steps:

  1. Create a free study account with the Christian Leaders Institute and get familiar with the Study.christianleaders.org platform.  
  2. Enroll in the Christian Wedding Officiant Skills course and commence your training.
  3. After completing the Skills course, you will enroll in the Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant Recognition Class. This class recognizes your online training and completes your ordination into a local geographic endorsement-based ordination credential. You will be listed in the Christian Leaders Alliance Directory, and you may order your ordination credentials. You are eligible to register a local ministry at a Soul Center.

Unlock Your Ministry Potential in Texas: Beyond Wedding Officiant

If you’re interested in becoming ordained in Texas and serving in various ministry roles beyond just performing wedding ceremonies, the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) program offer a range of opportunities. These programs empower individuals to deepen their ministry skills and serve in different capacities. Here are some exciting possibilities available to you:

Field Minister: The Field Minister role is ideal for those with limited study time but a strong desire to serve in ministry. It provides introductory courses to ministry for field service. Through the Christian Leaders Institute, you can access free courses and mini-courses that lay a solid foundation for lay ministers, church elders, and deacons. For more details on this comprehensive program, click here.

Licensed Minister: If you’re a volunteer or part-time minister seeking a more in-depth training experience, the Licensed Minister role is an excellent choice. This program consists of thirteen credits of study and six mini-courses, offering a well-rounded curriculum to enhance your ministry skills.

Licensed Coaching Minister: For those interested in incorporating coaching techniques into their ministry, the Coaching Minister role is tailored to your aspirations. This program includes two free coaching courses, enabling you to provide guidance and support using a coaching approach. To fulfill this role, you’ll need to complete 15 credits and six mini-courses.

Licensed Ministry Chaplain: Volunteer chaplains serving in local ministry settings, such as fire departments or veterans organizations, can benefit from the Licensed Ministry Chaplain role. This program, requiring 18 credits and six mini-courses, equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide meaningful spiritual care in these specific contexts.

Ordained Minister: The Ordained Minister role is highly sought after by individuals already involved in ministry or those seeking comprehensive training and credentials. This program comprises 21 credits and seven mini-courses, providing a comprehensive education that enhances your abilities as a minister.

Conclusion: Embrace the vast possibilities of ministry in Texas by exploring the diverse roles offered by the Christian Leaders Alliance. Whether you aspire to become a Licensed Wedding Officiant, a Field Minister, a Licensed Minister, a Coaching Minister, a Licensed Ministry Chaplain, or an Ordained Minister, there’s a pathway that suits your calling. Expand your knowledge, develop your skills, and unlock your ministry potential to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those you serve. Begin your journey today with Christian Leaders Institute in partnership with Christian Leaders Alliance,

From Wedding Officiant to More Ordained Minister Roles

Peter Wuenschel became ordained in Texas as a Wedding Officiant. He has become ordained in more clergy roles: Read his full story: 

I am Peter Wuenschel, and my wife, Debbie, and I live in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. The Greater Houston area is one of the most diverse communities in the nation. Being a Christian leader in this community is not difficult because the people here are people of faith.

I grew up in a loving and faith-filled home that embraced all faiths. While my parents raised me in the Catholic Church, they welcomed individuals of all faiths into our home as college exchange students and even fostered a child.

I often reflect on how God has intervened in my life, guiding its direction. One of the most significant experiences of God’s intervention occurred when I was in second grade.

One day, our teacher brought a baritone ukulele to class and allowed all the students to play with it. Before ending the class that day, she pulled me aside and asked if I would like to learn how to play the baritone ukulele. Without hesitation, I said yes. Over the next few weeks, she taught me how to play the song “Rise and Shine and Give God Your Glory” on the ukulele while teaching the entire class to sing it.

The climax of this story is that I led our second-grade choir in performing “Rise and Shine” at a school assembly that included our parents. My mother was unaware that I had been learning to play the baritone ukulele, but she immediately bought me a ukulele. The following year, I received a tenor guitar for Christmas.

I have no doubt that my teacher was guided by God to bring her ukulele to class and, more importantly, to choose me to play it at our school assembly. In third grade, I began my ministry in music through participation in the progressive folk masses introduced in the Catholic Church in the mid-1960s following Vatican II.

God has been a real presence in my life for as long as I can remember because I have been blessed with a family and parents who lead a prayerful lifestyle guided by the Holy Spirit. My most profound conversion and experience of Christ as my Savior and Lord occurred during a SEARCH retreat in high school. By that time, I was skilled at playing the guitar and was asked to bring it on the retreat. During that weekend, I realized the impact my music had on others attending the retreat, and I felt the real and full presence of God for the first time. It was during this time that I felt a specific calling to use my music to bring others closer to Him.

My spiritual dream is to utilize all the gifts God has given me to draw people closer to Him. While music is undoubtedly a gift I have shared with my faith community throughout my life, I also acknowledge that my music has led me to discover and develop many other gifts. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I have come to recognize the gifts of counsel and understanding within me.

I have employed these gifts of counsel and understanding in various church ministry positions throughout my life, but more importantly, I have utilized them in my last 25 years in non-profit management.

Upon my retirement, I hope to use my Christian Leaders Training to engage in full-time Christian Ministry. I am particularly drawn to the Life Coach Minister program because I have employed many of the skills taught in these courses during my tenure as the Executive Director of a non-profit agency in the greater Houston area. Additionally, the Chaplaincy program resonates with me because I have utilized many of the skills associated with it.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How is the Christian Leaders Institute funded? Christian Leaders Institute is funded through a “Give It Forward” Approach. Click here to read more.

Can I register my church or religious society under the banner of Christian Leaders Alliance? Yes. Locally registered Soul Centers are being register all over the world. Click here to read more.

Can I receive a divinity degree after I enroll at Christian Leaders Institute? 

Divinity Degrees are our most theological and academic degrees, requiring intellectually rigorous study. You have access to Associate of Divinity Degree and a Bachelor of Divinity Degree. 

This degree is ideal for those who desire to pursue their Master’s Degree with one of our partner Seminaries like North Point Bible College and SeminaryKairos University, Calvin, Western, Northern, and more.

Christian Leaders Institute is your access or gateway many professional ministry opportunity.