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How Can I Get Ordained Online: Popular Places & Steps

Published Monday, Jan. 6th, 2020

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It matters where you get ordained online - so do your research!

The most common questions aspiring wedding officiants ask are, “…How can i get ordained?" and "Where should I get ordained online?"



You might have been asked to officiate a wedding, or maybe there’s another religious ceremony you want to perform, such as a funeral or handfasting. Ordination confers both practical and spiritual benifits. It's a position of guadance and leadership in your community. Or perhaps you just want to become ordained so that you can have the title “minister.” These are all great reasons to get ordained! And for most people, the easiest way to make this happen is to get ordained online. 


En Español: Dónde ordenarse en línea: Lugares populares para ordenarse en línea, ¡y cuál es el más adecuado para usted!



Where to get ordained online -- the best choice for you 


So, back to your question: Where and how can i get ordained? The answer is, online, using your phone or computer.


It's a simple process with options for everyone, regardless of their beliefs and worldview. Ordination is an agreement between a religious organization and one of its members that grants that memeber the right to lead certain ceremonies as a representative of that church.


Related: What Does it Mean to be an Ordained Minister?


It turns out that many churches (including secular and interfaith churches) and other spiritual organizations have an online presence, with ordination services, so you'll be able to find one that shares your values and beliefs. 


The next step is finding out where to get ordained. This means finding an organization that fits your needs, including your budget (American Marriage Ministries doesn’t charge anything), and then clicking “Get Ordained.”


Below, we list some of the most popular choices for online ordination. Since we are obviously invested in this space, we need to make it clear that the article below is solely based on our research, is subjective, and doesn't reflect the official positions of any of the other organizations included. This list is for general informational purposes only, and everyone should do their own research.


While some of these churches take themselves more seriously than others, they nonetheless all provide legal ordinations and are therefore worth mentioning. 



So, without further ado, let’s jump into a list of online churches where you can get ordained online to perform weddings.




1. American Marriage Ministries


American Marriage Ministries AMM logo, this church helps you get ordained online for free and offers training to perform marriage for friends and family



We’re going to give ourselves the number-one spot on this list because we think we provide the most robust ordination on the internet, backed by the best training for wedding officiants. (You can see all our free online training materials in our Wedding Officiant Training pages.)


Here at AMM, we believe that everyone has the right to perform marriage, and to have their wedding performed by someone who shares their values and worldview. Our free ordination grants full legal authority to conduct marriage ceremonies all across the US! 


It’s really that simple, and there’s not hidden ideology or voodoo that you have to subscribe to. Just be yourself, and be ready to serve your community by officiating weddings. 




2. Dudeism: The Church of The Latter-Day Dude




If you're asking yourself, "how can I get ordained, without taking the church too seriously," then this might be your answer. This modern religion, which was inspired by the film The Big Lebowski, bills itself as “the slowest growing religion in the world.” Founded in 2005, this religion promotes a modern interpretation of Chinese Taoism (a 6th century BC philosophy) and borrows from Greek Philosophy to promote “going with the flow” and “taking it easy” in the face of adversity. 


A “Dudeist” Ordination is free, and presumably grants ordained “Dudeist Priests” the right to carry out religious ceremonies as representatives of the Church of The Latter-Day Dude. 




3. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster




This Church offers ordinations with the title “Pastafarian Minister.” There’s a lot to unpack here, and the church itself is somewhat hard pressed to spell out exactly what it believes, but their intentions seem to be to make the world a better place. That’s something we can get on board with!


Their online ordinations appear to cost around $35, but have held up to legal challenges so if you want to perform a wedding wearing a sieve over your head (which is something some of their ministers wear) than this ordination is perfect for you!




4. The Universal Life Church




These folks have been around since the early 1960s, when Kirby J. Hensley started his church under the doctrine, “do that which is right.” Also known as “The ULC” or simply “ULC,” this group has spawned hundreds of offshoots over the years, which is why we’re just going to focus on the original church, based out of Modesto, California. 


The ULC has no traditional doctrine and promotes individual determinism, on the condition that doing so does not infringe on the rights of others. Their website says that, “We do not stand between you and your God.”




5. Christian Churches Offering Online Ordinations




If you subscribe to the Christian faith, or are marrying a particularly devout couple, you probably want to get ordained by a Christian Church.


There's no shortage of Christian Churches offering online ordinations, and most of them will do so for under $100. It’s important to remember that most of these organizations require you to hold certain beliefs and values, and that violating their principles could nullify your ordination. We suggest you do your homework, and give an organization a particular church a call if you have any questions. 


Some places to start searching are The National Association of Christian Ministers, Minister Now, and Christian Harvest Church.




Other Online Churches and Religious Organizations 




To conduct your own search, just type “online ordination” into Google (perhaps that’s how you got here... ), and you’ll see that there are dozens more churches than are mentioned in this article.


We've found that many online churches are hard to categorize but are worth knowing about. Rose Ministries, for example, based out of Las Vegas, was formed to “support individuals in forming a ministry in accordance to their own calling and beliefs.” Universal Ministries, based out of Milford, Illinois, seems to bridge the ecumenical space, founded on New Testament and Christian Scriptures from the time of Christ, but are “open to all wishing to share spiritual faith and journey.”




To find out more about AMM's values, read our Philosophy on Marriage



Updated January 2022


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Why choose American Marriage Ministries for your ordination?


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Lewis King
Lewis King

Lewis is AMM's executive director. He also wears other hats at AMM, like taking out the recycling, restocking the sparkling water, and watering the office plants.

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