Get Ordained in Kentucky

Are you ready to embark on the pastoral journey of becoming a wedding officiant in Kentucky? Or perhaps, you’re feeling the inviting breeze guiding you towards roles such as a ministry chaplain, a coaching minister, or a seasoned preacher?

This article is your riverboat, steering you on your voyage towards ordination in Kentucky, supported by the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and the Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA). Let’s explore the diverse roles you can aspire to with CLI and hear the inspiring story of a local Christian leader who successfully journeyed these waters.

Understanding Kentucky’s Requirements:

To officiate weddings in the Bluegrass State, you need to align with the state’s specific laws and regulations. As per Kentucky Revised Statutes, Chapter 402.050, wedding officiants should be ordained ministers of any religious sect. This program aligns with these guidelines, ensuring your capacity to lead weddings amidst Kentucky’s charming landscapes and rich heritage.

Specific Requirements for Wedding Officiants in Kentucky:

  1. Ordination or Authorization: Kentucky wedding officiants must be ordained or authorized by a recognized religious organization to perform marriage ceremonies.
  2. Documentation: Officiants must provide documentation or proof of their ordination or authorization to the county clerk’s office where the wedding will occur before the marriage ceremony.
  3. Legal Age: Officiants must be at least 18 years old.
  4. Residency: There is no specific residency requirement for wedding officiants in Kentucky. They can be residents of any state or country.
  5. Registration: Some counties in Kentucky may require wedding officiants to register with the county clerk’s office before performing marriages within their jurisdiction. It’s essential to check with the specific county where the wedding will occur for any additional requirements.

Expansive Christian Training with Christian Leaders Institute:

CLI provides a training program as vast as Kentucky’s rolling hills, meeting the requirements for wedding officiants in the state. Transcending the often superficial “Online Only” courses, CLI nurtures a comprehensive ministry education and effective practical training. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of conducting wedding ceremonies, premarital counseling, and delivering heartfelt wedding messages. You’ll be equipped to lead weddings with the grace and professionalism required by Kentucky law.

Flexible Timeline – Get Ordained in Kentucky:

Just as the rivers gently flow through the Kentucky landscape, this program respects your unique timeline and the needs of those who may officiate weddings occasionally for loved ones. The licensing process requires less than ten study hours, with only one recommendation. However, if you’re set on delving into deeper ministry studies and aiming for a higher ordination level, you must delve into more rigorous coursework and secure additional recommendations.

The Significance of Credibility:

Your ordination gains recognition and credibility through your Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) membership. This connection underscores your dedication to thorough training and endorsement from your local Christian community, verifying the authenticity of your ordination. By joining the CLA, Kentucky wedding officiants can enhance their standing within the local Christian community and increase their ministerial credibility.

Emphasizing Legitimacy:

In Kentucky, where the sanctity of marriage is valued, wedding officiants must uphold legitimacy. Couples need the assurance that their wedding officiant is sufficiently trained, holds the necessary credentials, and fulfills the state’s legal obligations. By choosing CLI and CLA, aspiring wedding officiants in Kentucky can offer professional and respectable services that honor the sacredness of marriage and align with the law.


Becoming a licensed Christian wedding officiant in Kentucky involves understanding and complying with the specific requirements outlined in Kentucky Revised Statutes, Chapter 402.050. CLI and CLA offer a reliable compass for this journey, providing comprehensive training, personalized support, and recognition from the broader local Christian community.

By selecting CLI and CLA, individuals in Kentucky can be confident that they are well-prepared to meet the state’s demands, uphold the highest integrity, and provide professional wedding officiation services, all in accordance with Kentucky law. Embark on your expedition to create lasting memories and make a significant impact as a licensed Christian wedding officiant in Kentucky with the guidance of the Christian Leaders Institute and Alliance.

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.

Get Ordained in Kentucky – Roles Available

Are you looking to extend your ministry roots deep into the fertile soil of Kentucky? Whether your heart yearns for the nurturing role of a wedding officiant or the adventurous path of other ministerial roles, the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) stand as your dependable bluegrass guides. Let’s venture into the breathtaking landscape of opportunities spread before you:

Wedding Officiant: Picture yourself as a wise guide, steering couples through the significant journey of marriage. By becoming ordained through the Christian Leaders Alliance, you can legally perform wedding ceremonies in Kentucky, helping love bloom like the state’s vibrant wildflowers.

Field Minister: If your time to devote to study is like Kentucky’s vast open fields – limited but valuable – the Field Minister role is your treasure map. CLI offers free introductory courses, providing a solid foundation for lay ministers, church elders, and deacons, letting you serve your community like the gentle Kentucky breeze.

Licensed Minister: If you seek to delve into the lush prairie of ministerial roles, the Licensed Minister program is your trusty compass. Thirteen credits of in-depth study and six mini-courses will navigate you deeper into the wilderness of ministerial knowledge, readying you to serve in various capacities.

Licensed Coaching Minister: For those drawn to the blend of coaching techniques and ministry, like Kentucky’s unique blend of cultures, the Coaching Minister role is your trail. Two free coaching courses, fifteen credits, and six mini-courses will equip you to lead effectively through coaching.

Licensed Ministry Chaplain: As a beacon amid Kentucky’s rolling hills, a Licensed Ministry Chaplain can provide much-needed spiritual care in places such as hospitals or correctional facilities. Eighteen credits and six mini-courses will prepare you to be a lighthouse in life’s storms for those in need.

Ordained Minister: For those eager to scale the highest peaks of ministry or seeking comprehensive training, the Ordained Minister role stands tall as Kentucky’s towering Appalachian Mountains. With 21 credits and seven mini-courses, your journey is well-prepared, enhancing your ministerial abilities and revealing new panoramas of service in Kentucky.


Prepare to sow your ministry across Kentucky’s diverse landscape, guided by the Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance. From the role of a wedding officiant to that of a licensed ministry chaplain, these programs provide the tools and maps for your adventurous journey through the ministerial wilderness.

As you set foot on the trail, let the encouraging words of Philippians 4:13 act as your water bottle, quenching your spiritual thirst: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Though filled with rolling hills and flowing rivers, your expedition is under God’s guidance and fortified by the teachings of CLI and CLA.

As a minister, you share the good news, much like a farmer reaping Kentucky’s bountiful harvest. Informed by Isaiah 61:1, let your ministry be a beacon of hope for the downtrodden, just as the first light of dawn illuminates Kentucky’s vast prairies.

So grab your hiking boots, chart your course, and expand your ministry’s horizons in Kentucky through the programs offered by the Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance. With God as your North Star and the backing of these reputable organizations, you can fulfill your ministerial aspirations, serving as a guiding light in Kentucky’s vibrant spiritual landscape.

Get Ordained in Kentucky – A Testimony

Hello, I am Karen Hammond from Kentucky, United States of America. I have been blessed to have been born and raised in a Christian home. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 7 years old. I have lived for Jesus my Karen Hammondentire life, and thank God for the holiness heritage I was brought up in, which emphasized godly living. As a result of my heritage, I have no regrets or ‘baggage’ from rebellious behavior for which I praise God!

I attended a Christian college, majoring in Sociology, with the intent of being a professional counselor; however, things happened in my life that changed my direction. In light of those happenings, I got my Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication and worked in corporate America for over 30 years. I had always felt I was to be a counselor, so while I went back to the university in my 40’s and got my second Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, and for the past 10 years have done what I always felt called to do.

My personal testimony, which has been utilized in ministry much more than I could have anticipated, includes a 22-year time period when I was in an abusive/unfaithful marriage. We had two children whom I later learned had also been abused. I did not believe in divorce so stayed in the marriage until he chose to divorce me. I was a broken individual. I didn’t see how my faithfulness could be thrown in my face, but God in His mercy brought incredible healing into my life.

During this time of healing is when I returned to get my degree in Counseling and became licensed. I had lived in the ‘perfect world’ until my marriage and divorce, and had no idea the types of things individuals had to go through. During my spiritual and emotional healing, God promised me that He would restore everything the locust had eaten in my life (Joel 2:25)! And He Has Done That! He opened doors of ministry for me and has poured out the storehouses of heaven upon me. He has accomplished exceedingly abundantly more than I could ask or think in my life (Ephesians 3:20)! I praise Him for all He has done in my life and how He has proven that “everything works together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Eight years after my divorce, God brought me the most awesome godly husband. God has led us into incredibly awesome ministry opportunities. We have done overseas mission work in India, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and have mission work scheduled for Peru and Brazil in 2023. We have been blessed to see thousands accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and have seen hundreds of miraculous healings in Jesus’ name. Additionally, God has opened up a deliverance ministry, where we have seen hundreds of people delivered from evil spirits in Jesus’ name. God has grown our ministry, which started with 1 person, to several states and thousands of individuals being touched by Jesus through our obedience. Additionally, we teach Bible studies in our home and our local church.

A therapy client of mine told me she was studying through Christian Leaders Institute, and I decided to check into it. When I investigated Christian Leaders Institute and learned I could become ordained, and that it would be a legitimate ordination, which required Christian education, I decided to pursue my ordination. This seemed to be God-directed, as it had been recommended to me that in light of how God was blessing and expanding our ministry, it might be wise for me to be ordained, my husband was ordained years ago.

So here I am at Christian Leaders Institute, pursuing ordination, and moving forward in the things of God with my awesome husband. We have 4 grown children, and 6 grandchildren who live all over the United States.

God bless!

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.

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