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

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 Christian Leaders College.