At Christian Leaders Institute (CLI), we believe in the power of accessible, high-quality ministry training. Our programs are designed for those called to serve, offering a pathway to get ordained online through the Christian Leaders Alliance. This partnership allows us to provide a comprehensive training and ordination process that equips you to fulfill various officiant and minister roles within your community and beyond.

Officiant Clergy Roles: Serving with Tradition and Authority

Our Officiant Clergy Roles are inspired by the ancient priestly functions described in Leviticus 10:11, bridging traditional practices with the needs of contemporary ministry. These roles are foundational to serving God’s people today, offering ceremonies and teachings as priests did in Old Testament times.

Wedding Officiant

Our Wedding Officiant program prepares you to perform local weddings, requiring approximately 10 hours of training. This role not only enables you to officiate weddings but also to launch a wedding ministry within your community, gathering one essential recommendation for foundational recognition. See Skills Course Wedding Officiant Skills Course (1 md)

Romance Officiant

The Romance Officiant role supports individuals in enhancing their romantic relationships, guiding them towards engagement, marriage, or vow renewal. This program aims to foster healthy Christian relationships, integrating teachings on love, commitment, and faith. See Skill Course: Romance Officiant Skills (2 md)

Funeral Officiant

As a Funeral Officiant, you’ll provide comfort and support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. This important role trains you to minister to the bereaved, offering services in churches or funeral homes with empathy and understanding. See Skill Course: Funeral Officiant Skills (2 md)

Ministry Officiant

Our Ministry Officiant program supports a broad spectrum of services, from ceremonies to blessings, based on New Testament qualifications for elders or deacons. This versatile role allows for a combination with other officiant responsibilities, enhancing your ministry’s breadth and depth. See Skills Course: Ministry Officiant Skills (3 md)

Christian Officiant

The Christian Officiant program is our most comprehensive offering, integrating all officiant training courses with an advanced Officiant Ministry skills course. Tailored for those eager to serve their church or community, this program prepares you for a wide range of ceremonies and engagements.

Minister Clergy Roles: Guiding and Nurturing Faith

Following the New Testament model, our Minister Clergy Roles focus on teaching, mentorship, and spiritual leadership, ensuring the wisdom and teachings of Christ are preserved and passed on.

Licensed Ministers

This program is a well-rounded suite of ministry courses, preparing you for part-time employment in a local church. Two recommendations are required, underscoring the program’s commitment to community and spiritual accountability. See Program Overview

Coaching Minister

The Coaching Minister program includes ministry courses and life coach training, offering another dimension of support to help individuals live well in Christ. This innovative approach requires two recommendations, emphasizing the role’s community impact. See Program Overview See Program Overview

Licensed Ministry Chaplain

For those called to minister in challenging circumstances, the Licensed Ministry Chaplain program trains and licenses volunteers to serve in hospitals, emergency services, and businesses, bridging the gap between the church and broader community. See Program Overview

Ordained Ministers

Our most extensive training, the Ordained Minister program, prepares you for a deeper level of ministry, including volunteer, part-time, and full-time roles. This comprehensive path requires three recommendations, reflecting its commitment to thorough preparation for leadership. See Program Overview

At CLI, we’re committed to providing accessible, free ministry training to empower Christian leaders worldwide. Through our programs and partnership with the Christian Leaders Alliance, we offer a path to online ordination that equips you with confidence, competence, and credibility. Whether you’re called to officiate weddings, support individuals in their relationships, comfort the grieving, or lead a church, CLI is here to support your ministry journey every step of the way

Get Ordained Online as a Wedding Officiant – 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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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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“Christian Leaders Institute is an amazing school that has taught me so much. It is not a quick ordination program it is an amazing educational program that is based firmly on the word of God. I highly recommend CLI and stand by them as an amazing school.”

Scarlet BlackstoneCLA Ordained Minister

If you are looking for a way to grow and become ordained and be a revival leader Christian Leaders Institute Is a great place to start. I have been enrolled in CLI for over a year and it has truly help me to believe and know God’s will for my life.

Greg Miller CLA Ordained Minister

“Amazing and life-changing opportunities with CLI – I’m a student for life 🙌”

Pastor Rudi FerreiraCLA Ordained Graduate

“I have completed my deacon minister ordination and I am starting on my Chaplaincy ordination. This has been such an incredible learning experience for me!”

Lyle DelpCLA Ordained Minister

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

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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