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How to Become a Minister

The Universal Life Church accepts anyone, regardless of their particular denomination. The church believes anyone should have the right to become ordained as a minister and “captain their own spiritual ship”, no matter what their specific beliefs may be. Many people would like to become ordained, but are concerned it is too long of a process or that they will be rejected because they aren’t “religious” enough. Thankfully, this isn’t something you need to worry about with the Universal Life Church. If you are looking to become a minister but don’t want to go through a lengthy process, then the Get Ordained service is the perfect solution for you.

Become a minister in 3 easy steps:
  1. , or click on the "Become a minister online with Get Ordained" button below.
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Check your email for an ordination conformation from .

After submitting your ordination request the next step is to order your official legal ordination credential. You can read all about the tools and materials you may need on your new adventure by heading over to our training center.

African-American ordained online minister reading the Bible while seated in empty church pews

Using Get Ordained

The Get Ordained service to become a minister is just as simple as it sounds. Once you are ordained, you will be legally recognized as a minister nearly anywhere. All you need to do is click the button to be led to the proper form. Fill out your information and then you can submit your request to become ordained. There are no tests to take and no lengthy forms to fill out. You will receive confirmation within a few minutes, and you can also receive a hard copy of your Minister’s License or any other supplies you’d like in the mail if you request these things from the church catalog. After your form has been submitted and accepted, you will be legally recognized as a minister.

Become a minister online with Get Ordained

Benefits of Online Ordination

There are several benefits to using Get Ordained. In addition to the process being incredibly fast and simple, the Get Ordained website gives you the ability to perform any ceremony that requires a minister or priest. After using Get Ordained, you will be legally able to:

  • Perform weddings: Whether it’s because two close friends have asked you to marry them or you would like to offer your services to anyone who would like to be married, you will now be able to do so legally. Check out all the steps to perform a wedding in your vicinity here.
  • Perform baptisms: You will be able to baptize people and perform other ceremonies affiliated with your religion.
  • Perform funerals: You will now be able to officiate funerals and honor loved ones who have passed on.
  • Start a congregation: You will be able to start a church if you feel so led.

Thanks to the simplicity of online ordination, anyone can be ordained, which means these ceremonies can have a much more personal feel. For example, if someone asks you to baptize them because they feel a connection with you, whether it’s because you are a family member or because you helped them on their spiritual journey, you will be able to become a minister so you can legally do so.

Become a Minister in Your Area

The act of becoming a minister in your state - and the work you will be able to perform as a minister in your area - can vary based on whichever state you are located in. You can select your location from the map or drop-down below to learn exactly what process you need to follow to become ordained in your state, and to review specific guidance on how you will be able to utilize your new ordination as we walk you through how to perform ceremonies like weddings, baptism, funerals, or just general ministry in your state.

Important Tips for the Process

While the process is easy, there are a few key things to keep in mind when filling out the form to become ordained. First of all, make sure you put your entire legal name. Don’t include any nicknames or shortened versions of your name. Don’t add any information that is not true. Make sure you have filled out your name and email address properly. Double check your form before submitting to make sure it is completely accurate. Use proper capitalization, as the way you fill out your name on the form will be how it is shown on your Minister’s Certificate and records. Don’t submit the form on someone else’s behalf without their permission. Remember any false, misleading, or incorrect information will lead to your application being rejected.

Meeting up with other ULC Ministers

Meeting up with other ULC Ministers

A same-sex couple listening to their officiant during the wedding ceremony.

A minister marrying a couple at their wedding

Ministers Connecting via Social Media

Ministers Connecting via Social Media

Connecting With Community

Once you have become a minister, you may be looking for ways to connect with The Universal Life Church’s community. There are several ways you can do this. You can join their Facebook page or create a profile on their online forum and begin posting. This is a great way to get your questions answered, connect with others who think the same way as you, and express any concern you may be feeling. This will help you to become confident in being ordained and make it easier for you to perform ceremonies with more assurance.

Connecting with the community is also a great resource for you. You can get ideas for sermons, access to outreach programs, access to a ministerial training center, and guidance on other issues like insurance and other financial matters. If you are looking to officiate a wedding, you will benefit from the information on wedding laws in each state, ideas for the wedding ceremony, and other guidance.

Get Ordained Legality

After you have become ordained online, your ordination will be recognized nearly everywhere. However, you should check the validity of your certificate before performing a ceremony. Laws can vary from state to state and even between counties, so checking to make sure your certificate is valid is important. In order to do this, check with the county clerk in the county you will be officiating the ceremony in. The Get Ordained ministries is something that is widely recognized, but you will want to double check to make sure you’re safe.

If you are looking for a way to become a minister without a big hassle, then doing so online is the best option for you. Fill out the form to become ordained so you can perform the religious ceremonies you desire. Click the button below to get started:

Become a minister online with Get Ordained