Free Christian Officiant Training and License or Ordination Programs

Have you been asked to officiate a wedding? Many Christians have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony. The options for getting your license or ordination to legally perform a wedding ceremony can be complicated for a Christian. Christian Leaders Institute offers a Free Christian Officiant Training with a Christian worldview. You will be included as an ordained minister with the Christian Leaders Alliance our sister ministry.

Online Legal Paperwork Option

There are websites that will give you an instant ordination or license to you. These websites define ordination or license in the way someone wants to define it.  The is no statement of faith that is based on the Bible. Many Christians and others call this an online Ordination Scam because it is really about ordering a piece of paper.

The small amount of training offered is not substantial or does it require testing to assure that someone has done the study. The worldview is not Christian. The training is not based on the Bible. The business model is to sell you ordination paperwork that may be needed in many states.

This option is easy to do and millions, even Christians, do it. 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 Option – Free Ordained Christian Officiant Training

Christian Leaders Institue offers you a and ordained Licensed Wedding Officiant training program appropriate for your situation. Both programs have free online training classes through the Christian Leaders Institute.  The free training is provided by generous Christian vision partners who believe in the cause of free ministry training for Called Christians.

Both officiant programs require you to be recommended as a person of Christian character. The ordained Licensed wedding officiant program requires one recommendation and the Ordained Officiant minister program requires three recomendations.  Both programs offer you online free “digital credentials.”

You can print out the digital award document at the Christian Leaders Institute credential panel. Your Profile will also appear on the Christian Leaders Alliance International Directory. Local government officials can look your name up as one who is licensed or ordained to perform a wedding ceremony.

Many local governments authorities require that licensed officiants show official physical proof of their license to officiate before performing a wedding ceremony. You you need this,, you can Order all necessary documents for an administration fee from the Christian Leaders Institute credential panel.

When someone asks at the wedding if you ordered you ordination online, now you can say. “Yes, but there were substantial study programs and recommendations required. Would you like some information?”

Free Christian Officiant Training – The Programs

Christian Leaders Institute offers two programs that train and launch wedding officiants. They are:

Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant Program (1 Credit)

This program is perfect for the Christian who is asked to do a wedding or who wants to try this role out before committing to an extensive program of study at Christian Leaders Institute.  This program includes only four credits to complete. After this program, you are given a license to officiate a wedding.

Ordained Officiant Minister Program (20 Credits)

This program is for Christians who sense the call to be ordained as an officiant minister. The officiant minister program requires 20 credits of study. This program is perfect for those who want to pursue the calling to be an OrdainedOfficiant Minister.

Free Licensed Christian Officiant Training

Welcome to substantial ministry training

Step One – Enroll at Christian Leaders Insititute – Complete the free getting started orientation class.  This class familiarizes you with the ministry training process at the Christian Leaders Institute and introduces you to some professors. You will learn the vision of Christian Leaders Ministries.

Step Two: Enroll in the Christian Wedding Officiant Skills Course (1 Credit)

This course goes over all the skills you will need to be a Wedding Officiant. You will need between 5-10 hours to complete this training course.

Step three: Complete the Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant Recognition Class (0 credits)

This last connects you to the Christian Leaders Alliance. You will need to gather one recommendation and complete a profile for the public directory.

After you complete all the activities of this Program, you will be licensed to officiate a wedding with the Christian Leaders Alliance, and you will appear in the global Christian Leaders Alliance directory.

Ordained Officiant Minister Program (20 Credits) – If you want to go deeper as an Ordained Wedding officiant, we have another option for you. This option is designed for the Christian who is called to do longer-term ministry as an Officiant Minister. This track takes you beyond being licensed and legal to perform a wedding. With this Ordained Officiant Ministry role, you will be ordained as an ordained officiant minister. This program may take several months to complete.

Licensed or Ordained Officiant 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.