How to Become a Legally Ordained Minister

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How to Become a Legally Ordained Minister
Online programs can be a quick way to become an ordained minister. (bible image by Photoeyes from

Whether you want to become an ordained minister to perform your friend's wedding ceremony or for personal spiritual reasons, you can become an ordained minister right from the comfort of your own home.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Search different websites that allow you to complete ministry courses online. Search through your favourite search engine and research at least three organisations that offer ministry courses.

  2. 2

    Sign-up for a course through one of the programs you find. Signing up to complete the courses will allow you to gain access to the course materials.

  3. 3

    Complete the ministry courses. The next step is to read the instructions and complete the courses in a step-by-step manner. Some programs have the courses split up into different sections, which means that you will need to complete each of the sections to become ordained. Because these programs are usually self-study courses, you can go at your own pace. When you finish one step, you can move on to the next step whenever you are ready.

  4. 4

    Receive your certificate. Once you complete the ministry courses, completing all of the assignments with passing grades and passing any tests required, then you will be awarded your ordained minister certificate.

Tips and warnings

  • Before you pay for any course, check out the organisation with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure that there are not any complaints against the organisation.

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