How Do I Officiate A Wedding

How Do I Officiate A Wedding

Hello, my name is Nicola Amore, and I live in the Northeastern part of the United States. I am a husband and father, and my life has been sprinkled by God’s grace through my decisions in life.

I want to share with you how I stumbled upon the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) and how I hope to use it in the future.
My son and his future bride had asked if I would officiate their wedding ceremony. I was honored and thankful at their request, but I did not feel that I had the proper “qualifications” to be a minister. I have started internships to enter the ministry at different times in my life, but the trials and responsibilities of life got in the way. As I started doing internet searches on – How do I officiate a wedding? – multiple ads and websites filled my screen.

It amazed me how much interest there was on the subject of  ” – How do I officiate a wedding -” out there. I started looking deeper into the choices on my screen and was utterly astounded and saddened at what I found. It turns out that you can get a license to officiate weddings by just paying the appropriate “donation” and agreeing with the site’s “statement of faith”. Some of the sites are clearly unbiblical and are so universal that they cover everything under the sun. I was ashamed of what happened to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

I was determined to find an organization that has a sound biblical foundation and a statement of faith that agreed with my core biblical beliefs. I feel your character is important in life, and it is what you are known by. I began searching and reading the sites, and this is when I came across CLI. It seems like it was the perfect match for me. CLI was not just giving away an ordination certificate but they required you to systematically research fundamental biblical teachings through internet viewing and multiple choice testing. The questions were there to strengthen and challenge your faith in the Bible.
I was surprised at the depth that the journey went, and I love that it is open to people of all faiths. It is just you walking through the Bible with other believers trusting in the Holy Spirit who guides your faith. The deeper you walk, the stronger your faith becomes. Another great thing about CLI is that it is free, and you can complete courses at your pace.

I am glad that CLI came across my path, and I intend to further and finally complete my education in ministry. I don’t know exactly where my ministry lies, but time and testing with the Holy Spirit as my guide will lead me there.