Get Ordained in Connecticut

Want to become a wedding officiant in Connecticut? Are you interested in officiating weddings or taking on larger ministry roles in the community?

This article will guide you through the process of getting ordained in Connecticut, specifically focusing on the collaboration between the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA). We’ll also look into the legal requirements for wedding officiants in Connecticut.

Connecticut’s Laws for Wedding Officiants:

In Connecticut, you need to be either authorized or ordained by a religious organization or have a certificate of authorization from the Office of the Secretary of the State to officiate weddings. The program provided by CLI and CLA fulfills these requirements.

Training with Christian Leaders Institute:

The Christian Leaders Institute offers a training program tailored to Connecticut’s requirements for wedding officiants. This isn’t just an online course; it provides complete training on conducting wedding ceremonies, counseling couples, and delivering wedding messages. The program ensures that participants have the skills needed to officiate weddings as per Connecticut law.

Program Duration and Requirements:

The process of becoming a licensed wedding officiant through this program takes less than ten hours of study and requires one recommendation. If you choose to go further in the ordination process, more study and recommendations are necessary.

Affiliation with Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA):

Being a member of the Christian Leaders Alliance gives additional credibility to your ordination. It shows commitment to thorough training and local endorsement, making your role as an officiant more respected in the Christian community.

Ensuring Legitimacy in Connecticut:

It’s vital to ensure that when officiating weddings in Connecticut, you are trained and possess the required credentials, following the state’s legal requirements. By choosing CLI and CLA, you’re guaranteeing that your services will be professional, recognized, and in line with Connecticut’s laws.


If you’re looking to become a licensed Christian wedding officiant in Connecticut, you must be familiar with and meet the state’s requirements. Both the Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance provide the necessary training and support to help you comply with these requirements and perform your duties professionally.

Quick About Us – Who are We?

Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) has been providing Biblical free ministry training through its “give it forward” program since 2006. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of accounts have been created. CLI offers various recognitions, including awards, certificates, and diplomas, through its Christian Development School. Additionally, CLI provides college degrees through its Leadership Excellence School, known as CLI’s Leadership Excellence School.

Christian Leaders Alliance (CLI) is a strategic partner of CLI and operates an international Global Ministers Commission. This commission oversees the ordination path for clergy in various ministerial roles, based on their studies and recommendations. Since 2014, thousands of officiants, ministers, and ministry chaplains have been credentialed and are serving their communities. See Directory. Christian Leaders Alliance also manages Soul Centers, where credentialed ministers can register their local geographic ministries, if they choose to do so.

Begin your Ordination Journey: 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.

Ministry Opportunities in Connecticut: Building Your Calling

If you’re on the path to ordination, the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) provide various opportunities to nurture and develop your ministry:

Wedding Officiant: Through CLI and CLA, you can get ordained and legally officiate weddings in Connecticut, guiding couples through their marriage journey.

Field Minister: For those with limited study time but a passion for ministry, the Field Minister role is for you. CLI offers introductory courses for lay ministers, church elders, and deacons. These free and short courses help enhance your understanding of ministry and equip you to contribute positively to your community.

Licensed Minister: If you’re seeking thorough training, the Licensed Minister role offers a complete program, including thirteen credits of study and six mini-courses. This program prepares you to serve in various capacities.

Licensed Coaching Minister: For those interested in integrating coaching into their ministry, this program provides two free coaching courses. Completing the required 15 credits and six mini-courses equips you to incorporate coaching techniques effectively.

Ministry Chaplain: Those aiming to serve in specific settings like hospitals or prisons can benefit from the Ministry Chaplain role. It includes 18 credits and six mini-courses, preparing you to provide spiritual care in these environments.

Ordained Minister: Ideal for those already in ministry or seeking full training, this program offers 21 credits and seven mini-courses. Becoming an ordained minister enables you to serve in multiple roles across Connecticut.


The Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance offer various programs to help you build your ministry in Connecticut, from officiating weddings to becoming an ordained minister. These programs ensure you receive the necessary training and support to serve in your chosen capacity. With the education and backing from CLI and CLA, you’re equipped to make a significant impact in the community and bring spiritual guidance and support to those around you.

Get Ordained in Connecticut – A Testimony

My name is Ian Longest. I have been happily married to my wonderful wife, Krista, for 26 years, and together we have two adult children. Our son, Matthew, is 22, and our daughter is about to turn 20. We currently reside in a small town in Connecticut.

My personal journey with Christ began many years ago when I was around eight years old. My mother, despite us not being a family of faith or regular churchgoers, took my sister and me to a nearby church. However, we moved away shortly after and never attended church again. During my teenage years, I would occasionally inquire about church and even dated a girl who brought me along to her church. However, my involvement was never very serious.

Many years later, my wife and I made the decision to attend a church together. Interestingly enough, it was the same church I had attended during my teenage years, a Christian and Missionary Alliance church. After a couple of weeks, both my wife and I realized our need for Christ in our lives, and we fully surrendered ourselves to Him. We were baptized in our pastor’s pool in August 2008, enduring the chilly water. This marked the beginning of a new chapter in our spiritual journey.

Shortly after, I felt a calling to serve in the Men’s Ministry after attending an Iron Sharpens Iron men’s conference. I worked closely with my pastor to start the learning process and dove headfirst into discipleship and leading men’s Bible studies. Not long after, I had the opportunity to attend Bethel Seminary for Men’s Ministry Leadership training and education, which further fueled my passion for learning.

When I began researching avenues to deepen my biblical knowledge, I discovered Christian Leaders Institute (CLI). The fact that CLI offered free online education was a tremendous blessing, sparing me the financial burden often associated with attending traditional colleges. When CLI introduced CLI’s Leadership Excellence School and degree pathways, I was incredibly excited. I promptly enrolled in the Associate of Divinity Degree program, as I believed it would equip me for whatever path God had in store for me. Additionally, I pursued ordination through Christian Leaders Alliance. Since becoming ordained, I have had the privilege of officiating my son’s wedding and serving as a recognized Men’s pastor in our local church.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my experience at CLI’s Leadership Excellence School has been the opportunity to share my knowledge with the men in my church. I am passionate about helping them grasp a deeper understanding of the Bible and its significance in their lives. I strive to make the Scriptures come alive for men, emphasizing the importance of reading and applying it in practical ways. As I look toward the future, I hope to continue my education through CLI’s Leadership Excellence School and to bless the men around me with the valuable insights I gain through my studies.

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 College degree after I enroll at Christian Leaders Institute? 

At Christian Leaders Institute, our college degrees are offered through our Leadership Excellence School. We provide access to both Associate Degrees and Bachelor Degrees. To begin our degree program, you must first enroll as a student in our School of Christian Development. Every student starts by creating a study account at the Christian Development school. Once you complete the “Getting Started” class, you can proceed to enroll in our Leadership Excellence School, where our degree programs are hosted.. Click here to set up you account. 

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.

Minister Ordination Program – More Information

Become a Minister through the training of Christian Leaders Institute – Click here.

Get Ordained Online – Check out the issues related to online ordination and the complete ordination program at Christian Leaders. Click here.

Ordination Path for Coaching Ministers – See how the Christian Leaders Institute and Alliance partner together for coaching ministers.

Chaplain Ordination – Are you interested in ministry chaplaincy? Click here

Free Bible School Courses – Are you interested in free bible School Courses? Click here. 

Become a Christian Minister– Are you interested in becoming a Clergy member?

Find out more about Women in Ministry. Click here