Free Christian Officiant Training

Have you been asked to officiate a wedding? Are you interested in becoming a Christian Officiant? Are you looking to learn the skills of being a wedding officiant? Are you seeking a program that includes recognized Christian credentials and credibility? 

Christian Leaders Institute offers free Christian Officiant training, including a one-credit course that takes about 10 hours of online study. 

Click here to check out the Wedding Officiant Skills and License Program course.

After completing this course, you can register as a licensed wedding officiant with the Christian Leaders Alliance. The Christian Leaders Alliance requires that you submit one local or relational endorsement attesting to your Christian walk. 

Christian Leaders Alliance will post you to the Christian Leaders Alliance global directory as a Licensed Wedding Officiant free of Christian. If you want official physical credentials, you may order them. The official credentials package includes the following: 

Christian Leaders Alliance Certificate of Licensing

  • Letter of Good Standing
  • Clergy ID card
  • There are plus and premium packages as well. 

Is this an instant-ordination site? 

This minister credentialing program is not an “instant online ordination” site.

Some websites offer instant ordinations. These websites define ordination or license as a credential transaction. You agree that you are a good person and want minister credentials with the organization. 

The is no statement of faith based on the Bible. Instead, many Christians call this an online Ordination Scam because it is about ordering a piece of paper.

The small amount of training offered is not substantial, nor does it require testing to enhance the competence or credibility of a future Wedding Officiant. 

The worldview is not Christian. The business model is to sell you ordination paperwork needed in many states. 

This option is easy to do,, and millions, even Christians, do it. However, many who do these options regret it when friends at the wedding say things like, “Did you order your ordination papers online?” And you laugh to minimize the insult.

Christian Leaders Institute Details – Free Ordained Christian Officiant Training

Christian Leaders Institute. Offers you a Licensed Wedding Officiant training program appropriate for your situation.

After you complete the Wedding Officiant Skills and License Program Course, you must submit one recommendation to your Christian walk.

Christian Leaders Alliance will recognize and credential you as a Christian Wedding Officiate.  Print the digital award document at the Christian Leaders Institute credential panel. Your Profile will also appear in the Christian Leaders Alliance Global Directory. Local government officials can look for your name.

Many local government authorities require that licensed officiants show official physical proof of their license to officiate before performing a wedding ceremony. After your training and credentialing, you can order all necessary documents from the Christian Leaders Institute.

Other Suggested Links:

If someone has asked you to perform their wedding, they may recognize that you have ministry potential! Here are some links that might interest you:

Become a Minister in Many Settings – This link explores how you can become a field minister with the Christian Leaders Alliance

Think About Women as Ministers – This link explores the Biblical evidence for women ministers.

Sign up for a Course on Christian Sex Education – This ministry training course is a free three-credit college course. You can get credit for Christian Leaders College by completing this course. This course is helpful if you want to do some pre-marriage counseling.

Help Multipy Christian Leaders Christian Leaders is a ministry that raises funding for free courses and supports the multiplication of ministers. Learn how to make a huge difference in raising training and equipping ministry leaders.

Minister Credential Stories

Become a Licensed Wedding Officiant

Become a Licensed Wedding Officiant

My name is Melanie, and I’m married to a wonderful man. We live in West Michigan, USA. I’m a mother to two incredible young adults and pug mama to Gracie and Gus. The youngest of four children, I grew up in northern Michigan. My mom was an excellent homemaker, and I’m actually “the mailman’s daughter.” My dad was a mail carrier for over 30 years until he retired. He was also a Navy veteran. Unfortunately, both of my parents have left for Heaven. I want to share what led me to become a licensed wedding officiant through the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here).

My Journey

My parents raised me to know and love Jesus. Every Sunday, we were in church, something I’ve continued to do and instill in my own family. Unfortunately, I was married for nearly 16 years to a man who became my abuser. On the final day of our marriage, he attacked me at gunpoint in our home and took his own life in front of me. That was, of course, terribly traumatic for my children and me, even though they weren’t home at the time. They were at school, and for that, I am thankful. Although this has greatly affected them, they didn’t witness any of it firsthand.

We forged ahead after that. We had no choice. In the months after, we had to move from our beloved home and find the proverbial “new normal.” At ages 9 and 13, they struggled to make sense of any part of what happened. I was 40 and had the same struggle. There were no answers, and we had so many questions. However, our family and church family were the hands and feet of Jesus. They supported us, helped us move, showed up to my children’s games and activities, and loved us through this.

“Only God”

Through those most challenging times, my children and I clung tightly to Jesus. He was our refuge, our father, provider, supporter, and shield. Friends would ask me how I didn’t just collapse. My answer consisted of only two words: “Only God.” Only God can get us through the hard things. Though I had to walk through some very dark days and nights, He was with me. When I begged Him to stop the pain, God comforted me with the knowledge that it wouldn’t last forever. After a while, I knew that He was molding me. He was forming the broken pieces of my heart and life back together in a beautiful new shape that would be stronger than ever before. He was creating something new in me, and there was purpose in that pain.

Jesus brought new people, new opportunities, biblical therapists, friends, hope, and laughter. Gradually, we started to heal. And, eventually, God brought a new man into our lives, a man who loved the Lord, me, and my children as his own. This fall, 2021, we will be married for nine happy years. Although my children are now adults, they asked my husband to adopt them. As of this June, the adoption was finalized, and he is their father.

Beauty From Ashes

Through all of those years of pain and healing and new things, I started writing again. God used that as a tool of catharsis and healing for me. Eventually, I started a blog and attended a writers conference, which opened many new doors. I’ve contributed to many blogs, a print newspaper, was an editor and writer for an online Christian women’s magazine, and am writing my first book.

Beauty from ashes came true for me. God took a challenging story that spanned the years and brought beauty, healing, and writing endeavors. I aim to encourage others through my blog and social media. I share about Jesus, abuse survival, and chronic illness (because I have several). God is good. I am so grateful for His mercy and enveloping love, both for myself and my sweet children. They are both fantastic, responsible adults who love the Lord, and I am so grateful.

Finding CLI to Become a Licensed Wedding Officiant

My daughter is getting married this year, and she and her fiance asked me to officiate their wedding. I immediately set about researching how I could achieve this credential. I knew I could go online and probably pay some money and be ordained with little effort. But I wanted more. I wanted to have some Christian education behind my licensure and guidance on making my daughter’s wedding biblical and as meaningful as possible.

I found Christian Leaders Institute online, and I knew it was a God thing. Their physical office was just a few miles from my home! I was so excited and started my education right away. It wasn’t difficult, but it was highly informative and mapped out a path for biblical marriage and a biblical marriage ceremony. I am so thankful I found CLI and can’t wait to share more about the wedding.

Training and Ordination journey

Welcome to my journey. I am Gail Hoover. I would like to share my training and ordination journey which led me to the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here). We all have a story, and by sharing it with others, we all get to learn some life lessons. Pennsylvania is my home and where my heart is as my daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren live in the same town.

Called to Marriage Ministry 

My career as a Realtor put me on a path of meeting and becoming close to many people by helping them with one of their lives’ biggest decisions. One of the couples who bought a new house with me in 2019 started me on this training and ordination journey. One of the important features to them while looking at houses was the yard. The grounds had to be large enough for entertaining family and friends. We found the perfect property and were about to settle on it.

The week before settling, we got together to discuss the closing details. There was a lull in the conversation. Then they said, “We want to ask you something.”

“Sure, what’s up?”

“Well, you know, having a great backyard was important to us. One of the reasons is that once we get settled in, we want to marry and hold the ceremony/reception at the house. We would really like you to do the ceremony. Would you?”

“Wow, I’ve done many things in this life, but this is a new one.”

“We know it won’t be legal. We plan on getting the license and going to the magistrate for the legal wedding. But for our celebration with family, we would like you to do the ceremony.”

The Start of My Marriage Ministry

How could I say no to this? I gave it some thought and decided to look into being ordained so that they wouldn’t have to do it twice. Going online, I saw the quick sign up, pay a fee, and be ordained. I did it. That was fine, to begin with.

Now, almost 2 years later, after actively putting myself out there as a wedding officiant, I want to go deeper into what it means and what it takes to be ordained. Going through this training and ordination process at the Christian Leaders Institute is powerful. It led me to evaluate my faith, spirituality, love of God, and Jesus in my life.

My goal is to be the best minister I can be when helping couples celebrate their love and devotion through marriage. I will do this by performing the wedding ceremony and also by offering counseling to help them get started on the right foot. I am called to minister to couples navigating some of the most important decisions of their lives. Thank you, CLI, for this training and ordination opportunity!



Learn more about ordination at the Christian Leaders Alliance. Interested in a low-cost degree? Check out the Christian Leaders College.