Get Ordained Online – Is that Possible?

Are you a Christian looking to become a wedding officiant or explore other ministerial roles? Have you ever considered the possibility of getting ordained online? While online programs exist that offer ministerial credentials, it’s essential to understand the potential concerns associated with “instant” or “purely transactional” ordination.

The crux of the matter is the depth of preparation. Like other professional certifications, ministerial credentials should ideally involve thorough training and expertise.

Different ministerial roles require varying levels of training. Some positions may demand less preparation, while others necessitate more extensive study. For example, becoming a Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant involves understanding the role of a wedding officiant in the ministry, knowing how to address couples, familiarity with local regulations, comprehending the theological aspects of marriage, organizing wedding programs, managing rehearsals, crafting meaningful wedding messages, and conducting the ceremony.

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Begin your program:

  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 Online Program Details

Let us explore this in more detail. 

Christian Leaders Institute partners with the Christian Leaders Alliance. At Christian Leaders Alliance you study free ministry course. Then the Christian Leaders Alliance recognizes your study and guides you through a globally recognized and local ordination. 

 This partnering program includes:

  • Online Ministry Training – In addition to the Wedding Officiant Skill courses, Christian Leaders Institute offers hundreds of ministry training courses, including dozens of classes suited for minister credentials. Get ordained online through credible instruction. 
  • Endorsement Process – You need endorsements to receive your credentials. The Wedding officiant has only one recommendation, but the full ordained minister has three. This offline recommendation process makes your license and ordination more credible.
  • Global Digital Directory – Once you complete the endorsement process, the Christian Leaders Alliance posts you on the Global directory minister Directory, free of charge.
  • Order Credentials – We suggest you order your minister credentials. In the USA, packages range from $125 to $300. These packages include a letter of good standing, an ordination certificate, a clergy parking pass, Clergy ID and more. See Clergy Kits.
  • Commissioning – Christian Leaders Alliance suggests you have a commissioning time in your local context. This commissioning lets your community know what God has done in your life. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How Long does getting the Licensed Wedding Officiant? Can I get ordained only with Christian Leaders Alliance in a short time? 

The Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant takes about 10 hours of study and one recommendation. Click here to look at this course and program. 

Wedding Officiant Skills and License Program

Is the Christian Leaders Alliance a denomination?

The Christian Leaders Alliance is like a denomination, but open to ecuminstry connection with local churches and other denominations. That means you can be credentialed with Christian Leaders Alliance and still be involved in another church or denomination. 

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The Ordained Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant – Get ordained online

Completing the Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant is the quickest track to becoming a recognized clergy member. Get ordained online through this program, including one ministry training education credit. Plus, you will need one recommendation.

The Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant credential is perfect for the person asked to do a wedding. If that is you and you want to learn how to be a Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant, this class will teach you some of the best practices.

This Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant is more than just training. After you complete this class, you will be a Licensed Wedding Officiant with the Christian Leaders Alliance.

The benefits of completing the Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant Program:

  • This program has actual Christian leader training. Most online ordination websites send you a piece of paper that says you are ordained.
  • When you complete this program of study, you will earn credentials with the Christian Leaders Alliance. 
  • You are posted in the worldwide Christian Leaders Alliance Clergy Directory.
  • Government officials can look your name up as a recognized clergy member who has received ministry training. Then, you get licensed or ordained online through a credible, recognized college-level program.
  • Optional: You can order Clergy Kits that recognize your clergy status.

Program Requirements: 

  • Christian Wedding Officiant Skills Course (1 Credit)
  • Level 1 Endorsement – You must gather one recommendation
  • Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant Credential Class (0 Credits)

Total: 1 Credit

Start your Ordination Path – The Primary Roles through Christian Leaders Alliance.

Are you interested in pursuing a ministry path no matter where you are? Whether you aspire to be a wedding officiant or explore other ministerial roles, the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) offer guidance and support as you embark on this fulfilling journey. Let’s explore the exciting opportunities that await you:

Wedding Officiant: Imagine guiding couples through the significant journey of marriage. By getting ordained through the Christian Leaders Alliance, you can legally perform wedding ceremonies in various locations and help love blossom like vibrant flowers all around.

Field Minister: If your time for study is limited but valuable, the Field Minister role is a perfect fit. CLI provides free introductory courses, laying a solid foundation for lay ministers, church elders, and deacons, enabling you to serve your community with the gentle touch of ministry no matter where you are.

Licensed Minister: Delve into the rich prairie of ministerial roles with the Licensed Minister program. This trusted compass offers in-depth study and practical training, preparing you for various ministry capacities in any location you choose.

Licensed Coaching Minister: If you’re drawn to the combination of coaching techniques and ministry, you can explore the Coaching Minister role. Equip yourself with coaching courses and ministry training to lead effectively and make a positive impact no matter where you serve.

Licensed Ministry Chaplain: Be a beacon of spiritual care wherever you are as a Licensed Ministry Chaplain, providing essential support in various settings. With specialized training, you can become a lighthouse in life’s storms for those in need, regardless of the location.

Ordained Minister: If you’re eager to scale the highest peaks of ministry and seek comprehensive training, the role awaits you, standing tall as a symbol of your dedication and commitment to serving others in any corner of the world.

The Christian Leaders Alliance offers over thirty more specialized roles.


Prepare to sow your ministry wherever you are, guided by the Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance. Whether you’re called to be a wedding officiant or embrace other ministerial roles, these programs provide the tools and support for your adventurous journey through the ministry wilderness.

As you set foot on this path, let the encouraging words of Philippians 4:13 be your source of strength: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Your expedition will be guided by God’s direction and fortified by the teachings of CLI and CLA, empowering you to serve and make a difference no matter where you are.

State-by-State Requirements

In every state or country around the world, there are distinct laws that dictate the requirements for wedding officiants. Frequently, these laws inquire about the significance of being ordained by a religious organization or society. Christian Leaders Alliance collaborates with Christian Leaders Institute to guarantee that you obtain ordination from a reputable and officially recognized Christian religious society. (As state articles are completed, they will be linked here).





























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