AMM Frequently Asked Questions

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What Does it Take to Become an Ordained Minister?

A lot of people ask us, "What does it take to get ordained?". Generally speaking, the answer is not immediately obvious. Unlike getting a high school diploma or GED, there is no universally agreed upon criteria to determine what it takes to be ordained.

 

This is because each religious institution determines its own qualifications on what constitutes "ordination" within their organization. For instance, the qualities that the Catholic Church requires for ordination is different than those of the Episcopal Church.

 

In the United States, due to the religious non-establishment clause of the 1st amendment, there are no legal requirements, guidelines, or laws determining how a religious institution administers their ordinations. Each Church determines their own qualifications on what it takes to become ordained.

 

Ordinations conferred by American Marriage Ministries are administered according to the values of our Church. So what does it take to become an ordained minister through American Marriage Ministries? Unlike most other religious institutions we do not demand absolute fealty to a higher power or that you renounce your current beliefs, whatever they may be. Ordination through AMM is not intended to conflict to your existing worldview, but to exist in harmony with what you already believe, and to enable you to better express those values.

 

We are a religious institution with the mission of enabling people to officiate wedding ceremonies. If you agree with our three core tenets and act with honor and integrity in your capacity as an AMM minister, then you meet our qualifications for receiving ordination through AMM. Our three core tenets are:

 

  1. All people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, have the right to marry.
  2. It is the right of every couple to choose who will solemnize their marriage.
  3. All people have the right to solemnize marriage.

 

If you would like to know more about American Marriage  Ministries, our values, and our beliefs, we encourage you to check out our About Us and Theological Doctrine pages.





AMERICAN MARRIAGE MINISTRIES

▸ What are American Marriage Ministries Beliefs? ▸ Is American Marriage Ministries a Legal Church?

AMM ORDINATIONS

▸ How Long Does it Take to Get Ordained Online? ▸ Can I Provide Premarital Counseling or Education? ▸ Can I Perform Other Ceremonies Such as Baptisms and Funerals? ▸ I saw this website saying you may not be legal. What is that about? ▸ Are Your Online Ordinations Legal? ▸ Will Getting Ordained as a Minister Affect My Taxes? ▸ How Much Does Your Online Ordination Cost? ▸ Are Your Online Ordinations Valid In My State? ▸ Does Your Ordination Expire? ▸ Is American Marriage Ministries Legally Valid in Tennessee? ▸ How Do I Become Ordained Online? ▸ What is My Title Once I Get Ordained Online?

▸ What Does it Take to Become an Ordained Minister?

▸ How Do I Get Ordained Online? ▸ Does an online church need to be a 501(c)3 recognized organization for the ordination to be valid?

MARRIAGE LICENSE

▸ Which address should I write on the marriage license? ▸ What do I do with the marriage license after the Wedding? ▸ Does the Officiant Have to Return the Marriage License?

MY MINISTER ACCOUNT

▸ What is My Minister ID, and Where Can I Find It? ▸ How Do I Manage My Privacy Settings? ▸ Can I Print My Ordination Certificate From The Website? ▸ How do I deactivate my account?

OFFICIATING WEDDING CEREMONIES

▸ Can I Perform Same-Sex Marriage? ▸ How Do I Know The Wedding I Officiate Will Be Legal? ▸ Do I need to register with the government before performing a marriage? ▸ What Do I Say When Officiating the Wedding? ▸ Can I Legally Officiate Weddings as an AMM Minister? ▸ Is There a Legally Prescribed Place to Officiate a Wedding? ▸ Can I Officiate Weddings in Other States? ▸ Can I Officiate Weddings in Another Country? ▸ Does a wedding ceremony have legal wording requirements? ▸ I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I officiate weddings in the U.S.? ▸ What is a Marriage Officiant? ▸ Can I perform weddings in North Carolina as an American Marriage Ministries Minister? ▸ What Does an Officiant Say at a Wedding? ▸ Can I officiate remote weddings over the internet without being present at the ceremony?

PRODUCTS & ORDERS

▸ How Will I Know My Order Was Placed? ▸ I Need My Ordination Certificate! ▸ Can I Bill and Ship to Separate Addresses? ▸ Can Someone Else Pay for My Order? ▸ Is My Payment Secure? ▸ What Payment Methods Do you Accept? ▸ Why Is My Order Not Going Through? ▸ What Is Your Return Policy? ▸ Can I Place an Order by mail or Over the Phone? ▸ Will I Be Charged Sales Tax? ▸ Which State Should I Select When Ordering My Minister Ordination Package? ▸ What is the Expiration Date on my Letter of Good Standing for? ▸ What Kind of Shipping Options Do You Offer?
GET ORDAINED
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