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How to Become Online Ordained

Updated March 23, 2017

If you feel you want to serve others in a spiritual or religious capacity, you might want to think about becoming an ordained minister via the Internet. Examples of churches offering online ordination include, but are not limited to, the Universal Life Church (ULC), Rose Ministries and the Spiritual Humanism Church. Each online ordination site requires certain basic procedures. Some sites charge a fee for ordination, but some do not.

Before you settle on an organisation to ordain you, learn about the different organisations' philosophies and see which one suits you. For example, the Universal Life Church (ULC) asks that its ordained members agree to "do only that which is right." The Spiritual Humanism Church asks that ministers agree that "religion must be based on reason."

Fill out an ordination request form. All sites offering online ordination services require you to provide identification information. After reading the site's philosophy about ordination, you'll have to fill out the form to access the page. Submit your legal name and address.

Submit your form online. Include any payment, if required. The (ULC) and the Spiritual Humanism Church ordain for free. Rose Ministries, on the other hand, charges fees, though you will receive one of several ordination packages that include materials like certificates, books and CDs.

Wait for the church you chose to notify you of your ordination. Some churches respond immediately, while others, such as ULC, review ordination requests on certain days. You will be notified by e-mail with instructions for proceeding into your ministerial capacity with your chosen church.

Check with your county clerk offices to determine that your state recognises your ordination. Follow any registration procedures. Regulations can vary from state to state. According to the Spiritual Humanism Church, for example, some states may not recognise or be very friendly toward online ordinations. If you want to practice in New York City, you'll have to register with the New York City Health Department or Office of the City Clerk in one of the city's five boroughs.

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Alyson Paige has a master's degree in canon law and began writing professionally in 1998. Her articles specialize in culture, business and home and garden, among many other topics.