How to Get Ordained in California: Introducing the Christian Leaders Institute and Alliance Program
Introduction: Becoming an ordained minister in California can be an enriching and fulfilling journey for individuals seeking to serve their faith community and officiate sacred ceremonies.
Many people are asked to officiate at weddings. What is the California law?
Anyone ordained by a religious organization in California can perform a wedding ceremony. This includes “online-only” ordinations. Registering with any government office as a wedding officiant is unnecessary.
The only requirement is that the officiant completes the marriage license in the presence of the couple and any required witnesses. The officiant must also read the Declaration of Intent to the couple, which is a statement that they are entering into the marriage voluntarily.
The marriage license must be returned to the county recorder’s office within ten days of the ceremony.
This is not an online-only ordination! This program will take about 10 hours of study, and you will need one local endorsement that you are a Christian leader called to serve in this ministry. This process established your confidence, competency, and credibility.
The Christian Leaders Institute and the Christian Leaders Alliance partner to help you get ordained online in California through a study program and local endorsement. You may sense the calling to study more and minister in more ways than being a wedding officiant.
In this article, we will explore the process of getting ordained in California, specifically focusing on the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and the Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) partnering program, which offer a pathway to ordination and various ministerial roles. CLI and CLA can provide the necessary resources and support, whether you aspire to officiate weddings or engage in other ministerial duties.
The Christian Leaders Institute (CLI): The Christian Leaders Institute is an online educational institution that offers free ministry training and ordination programs. CLI provides accessible theological education to individuals from all walks of life, empowering them to deepen their understanding of Christianity and prepare for ministry roles. CLI offers various courses, including biblical studies, theology, church history, leadership, and pastoral care.
The Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) Program: The Christian Leaders Alliance is an ordination program that works with the Christian Leaders Institute. CLA offers a formal recognition and authorization process for individuals who have completed CLI’s courses and training. Through CLA, individuals can become ordained ministers and gain legal authorization to perform weddings and other religious ceremonies in California.
To enroll in the program, follow these steps:
- Create a free study account with the Christian Leaders Institute and get familiar with the Study.christianleaders.org platform.
- Enroll in the Christian Wedding Officiant Skills course and commence your training.
- 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.