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‘American Ministries’ or ‘American Marriage Ministries’ - Which one offers online ordination to officiate weddings?

Published Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 2021

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re looking for places to get ordained online, so that you can perform marriages and other important ceremonies for friends and family. 


With several churches offering online ordination to choose from, it’s important to make the best choice for your unique needs -- including your state and county’s licensing and registration requirements for wedding officiants. But it’s not always easy to sort through information you find online, especially when some organizations have similar sounding names or focus, such as ‘American Ministries,’ and ‘American Marriage Ministries’ (AMM). 


We appreciate that you’re doing your research, and we want to help you make the right decision.


This article clears up exactly what the American Ministries organization is, how it’s different from American Marriage Ministries (AMM), and offers advice about getting ordained online for aspiring wedding officiants.


American Ministries:

A wedding officiant and chapel business in Columbus Ohio
Online ordination? No


According to Google trends, a lot of people are searching for “American Ministries” while researching how to get ordained online to officiate a wedding.


The most visible result on Google for ‘American Ministries’ is a listing for a wedding officiant and chapel business in Columbus Ohio that offers affordable weddings of various sizes, drive-thru options, and walk-in elopements. 


From what we can see, this business isn’t a church, and doesn’t offer any online ordination services. This means it isn’t a good choice for folks looking to become ordained ministers.


American Marriage Ministries:

A federally recognized 501(c)(3) church and nonprofit offering online ordination
Online ordination? Yes


Here at American Marriage Ministries, we’re very familiar with online ordination. We’ve ordained more than 850,000 everyday people who went on to officiate weddings for their friends and family. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can just start the process here


AMM is a non-denominational church that ordains people online so that they can legally officiate weddings for friends, family, and community. 


Our ordinations are recognized in all US states and territories, exempting Virginia. 


We aren’t affiliated with any other churches, and we ordain people of all backgrounds, faiths, and walks of life -- including atheist, nonreligious, and ‘spiritual but not religious’ folks.


And unlike ‘American Ministries,’ we aren’t restricted to any particular facility or venue. While we are headquartered in Seattle, and we’ve held weddings and other ceremonies in our venue, our ordained ministers go to where their congregations are -- that’s the couple and the guests!


If you’re ready to become an ordained minister online, AMM might be the perfect fit for your needs. 


Learn more about AMM here



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