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 CLI’s Leadership Excellence School 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

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 CLI’s Leadership Excellence School.

Wedding Officiant License

Hello! My name is George Alvarado, and I am studying at CLI for the wedding officiant license. Originally from Chicago, IL, I am an American with Puerto Rican descent. I grew up in a middle-class home with parents that worked hard to give me a better life than they had. My desire to do the best I can stems from my upbringing. However, I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. So spiritually, I was not privileged to hear the gospel.

Growing Up

My childhood was not without its sinful behaviors. I had great parents, but I was a struggling kid. Aside from the usual lousy attitude and disobedience, when I began to reach my teen years, I was arrested twice. It was primarily my mouth that got me in trouble. My dad handled the situation the best way he could to keep me from further trouble. But, he also had to stay on top of me until I graduated and joined the Air Force.

Nevertheless, it was in High School that I first heard the gospel. It was at the funeral of a kid who died in a tragic accident. Although that day, when during the service, I falsely repented, it was still the beginning of what was to come in the future for my life in Christ.

Joining the Military

By the time I joined the Air Force, I was doing my own thing. I hypocritically called myself a Christian, although it was easy to tell that I was not. About a year before my conversion on January 11, 2004, God began to convict me for my sins. Every day when I woke up, the first thought on my mind was, “If you die today, you are going to hell.” I knew this was true of me. But, of course, sin finds a way to justify itself, and I eventually just went about my day.


Right before I received orders to travel to England, I got to the point where I could not handle it any longer. I called my then fiancé and told her I could not continue to live the way I was. I let her know that I was going to church and wanted her to join me. She did, but she wasn’t all that thrilled about it.

Then, on January 4, 2004, after the preacher finished preaching, I began to weep and sob concerning my sin. My only thought the whole time God was regenerating me was, “How could you forgive me after all I’ve done? Even calling myself a Christian hypocritically. How could you forgive me?” That is the question I asked myself for about a half-hour while I was pouring out my heart in repentance to God. However, at the finish, I was refreshed and born again! Never to look or go back to my lifestyle of sin.


My call to preach was self-evident. Immediately, I shared the gospel with family and friends. When I arrived in England, I shared the gospel and witnessed in the streets for about six and a half years. It was when I first open-air preached in Cambridge, England, that I realized I was called to the ministry. And my time in those streets was foundational in the years to come.

During my time in England, I also had many struggles with some pastors who didn’t find evangelism appealing. But despite those conflicts, my theology and my experience grew. I matured as I continued to remain faithful despite opposition in and out of the churches.

Nevertheless, I was able to serve as a Sunday school teacher, a military prison Bible study leader, an evangelism team and adult Bible study leader, and an aid to pastors with preaching on Sunday. I had many opportunities to serve through the Air Force that led to more preaching of the gospel.

United States

Whether on vacation or when stationed in the USA, I preached in and out of the church as well. I have preached in various cities and led evangelism teams. Currently, I enjoy teaching Bible studies at my local church. Furthermore, I write blog articles, record podcasts dealing with a wide range of topics, and participate in apologetics and debates.

Wedding Officiant License Study at CLI

In my ministry, I have been giving formal marriage counseling to couples. It has been a blessing to sit down with couples who desire to honor God in their upcoming marriage. With the counseling, often the pair would like me to officiate their ceremony. The state I live in requires certification to do that. The Wedding Officiant license offered at the Christian Leaders Institute is going to provide an excellent opportunity to fulfill that role for these couples, and the ones to come.

Learn about ordination at the Christian Leaders Alliance. Interested in a low-cost degree? Check out the CLI’s Leadership Excellence School.