No, ordination is a religious process and the government
is not involved. The reason ordination is
legal is because it is protected under the religious freedom section of the constitution.
Certainly, World Christianship Ministries (The WCM)
welcomes seniors and veterans. We have
ordained tens of thousands of senior citizens in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s over the
past 36 years, they are doing wonderful works. Once ordained you can start doing legal wedding
ceremonies, baptisms and other Christian services right away.
Yes, if you have something coming up quick like a
marriage ceremony, baptism or funeral service,
we can have you ordained the same day we have your application. Then we will PDF a copy of
your original ordination certificate to your E-Mail address that day. Your original certificate and
whatever else you applied for are usually mailed out the next business day. Applications can be
Faxed in, Called in or E-Mailed to us as a PDF for JPEG attachment. Application can also be mailed to us.
No, ordination is for life as long as your work is
Christian only and nothing illegal is done with the credentials.
What is the difference between The WCM’s ordination and
the ordination provided by other
ordaining ministry’s on the internet like Universal Life Church, The Monastery and
The American Marriage Ministry AMM?
We, The WCM, are a Christian Ministry and ordain
Christian Clergy only, and we only authorize
In addition to ordination, The WCM offers excellent Bible Study
Courses and many different handbooks
designed to give people guidance in the direction they might want to take their ministry. One of our
most popular handbooks is our Marriage Minister Handbook which gives straight to the point guidance
on how to do wedding ceremonies. This handbook was written by the founder of The WCM based on
over 2,000 wedding ceremonies he personally performed.
That would leave the door wide open for fraudulent
applications. We require personal contact by
phone, fax, E-mail or regular mail.
Generally we will have your package placed in the mail
1-2 business days after your application is received.
also known as Minister Packages or Ordination Packages are composed of
ordination documents, materials, handbooks, Bible studies put together in
various configurations for a lesser offering.
Generally we place your information packet in the mail the
next business day.
We give you all the authority necessary to begin your own
independent ministry or church. We empower
you with the authority of ordination, and the authority to perform all Christian services including the rites
of marriage and baptism. You will have the same legal authority as any clergy or any denomination.
Both terms mean basically the same thing so we
incorporate both terms on our ordination document.
Many people are confused about the term “licensed” minister, thinking in some way it comes from
the government. It does not.
World Christianship Ministries currently accepts applications from
outside the USA. However, we do not accept applications from the Middle
East countries and some other troubled regions. More information and International Application, Click Here.
Doing Marriage Ceremonies
This is one of the
most enjoyable ceremonies a minister can perform. This is also one aspect
of your ministry where you can earn money to support your ministry and family. We highly
recommend you explore the possibility for doing wedding ceremonies. Visit our Weddings Page
weddings is an excellent way to earn money to support your ministry and family.
There are several websites now that list ministers in all areas of the country that do weddings ceremonies.
We have provided some of these websites in our Marriage Ministers Handbook.
Yes, you can do weddings in all states. But keep in mind that some states require you
to register with
a particular county office for doing weddings before you can do a ceremony there. However, most
states do not require registration or filing a copy of your credentials of ordination first. Check YOUR
states requirements for doing weddings using our Interactive Map.
If you are doing a wedding in a state other than your own
state, always check with the local Marriage
License Office in the county of that state where you are going to do the wedding and ask them if you
need to do anything extra with them before doing the ceremony. Never do a wedding in any state until
you know for sure if you need to register or file a copy of your ordination certificate with them first.
There are 2 legal requirements that must be in each
ceremony. First the couple must know they are
getting married. To satisfy this the minister would ask each of the people getting married if they
accept each other as husband and wife respectively. The second requirement is that someone in
authority (the minister) pronounce them formally as husband and wife. Everything else in the ceremony
is up to the person performing the ceremony, and the couple if they wish to add some of their
own words to the ceremony.
In some countries you can do weddings, in others it may
not be possible. Outside the USA you are
dealing with different laws and regulations. Before doing a wedding outside the USA check with officials
from that country to see if it is possible for you to come into the country and perform a legal wedding.
The couple getting married MUST have a valid marriage
license from the county before you can perform
the wedding ceremony. You MUST see the license BEFORE the ceremony, and verify that the two
people getting married are really the ones on the license. After the ceremony the minister portion on the
license must be completed properly by you. The license must then be filed with the proper county office
in the time period specified by law in that state. We recommend that you get a copy of our
Marriage Minister Handbook which is based on over 2,000 wedding ceremonies performed by
the founder and administrator of WCM. The handbook is straight to the point and easy to understand
It addresses major aspects of the marriage from handling the license, wording for ceremonies,
how to position the wedding party and more.
No, many couples basically just want to be pronounce as
husband and wife and meet the legal
requirement for marriage. But most people prefer a short ceremony.
Check with the
Marriage License Office in the county where you wish to do the ceremony.
Handbooks and Materials
The WCM offers 9 different Bible Study courses using the
King James version of the Bible. For detailed
information about these well received, excellent courses visit our Bible Study Page.
not. Your information is private and not
shared with any organizations or put on any mailing lists.
All of our titles
have the same authority so the title you pick is not that important. Most
the general titles like Minister, Reverend and Pastor.
Neither the Federal or State governments register clergy
members. There are a few states where
you must file a copy of your ordination certificate with them before doing weddings, but they are not
registering you just because you are a minister. The ordination of ministers is a religious process
protected under the constitution and does not involve the government.
Certainly, we are happy to answer your questions. Our
phone number is (559) 297-4271
The answer to this question is yes and no. You can use our name as the ordaining authority which gave you
the right to do Christian services such as marriage, baptism and funerals. You can use our name as the
authority that gave you the right to begin your own independent church or ministry, using your independent
church or ministry name and not the name of World Christianship Ministries. We DO NOT give anyone
that we ordained the right to use World Christianship Ministries name in a way that makes it sound like
that name belongs to them. World Christianship Ministries TM SM name is an incorporated LLC and may not be
used as the name of your new independent church or ministry. Also World Christianship Ministries TM SM
was a Registered Trademark and retains all rights to the name. World Christianship Ministries name has
been in continual use for 36 years.
No, our purpose is to give you the authority of
ordination to do Christian services. We do not get involved
in taxes. If you wish to apply for those things then it would have to be in your name and your ministry’s
independent name. Under no circumstances to we allow WCM’s name to be used on any type of
tax exemption application. Most of the people we ordain prefer to have a tax paying ministry rather
than a tax exempt ministry.
They are both basically the same so we incorporate both
terms on our Ordination Certificate.
Yes, we do offer that certificate.
Yes, that certificate is currently offered as a Free
Bonus item with either our Basic Ordination Package,
Or Clergy Package #1, #2 or #3-B.
The answer is Yes and No. We do not allow anyone to use
our credentials to enter a penal facility.
You would need to enter the facility in your own church or ministry name after you have established
that name in a way the facility accepts. Once in the facility our credentials can certainly be used
for Christians services.
Yes, everything that we offer was written and prepared by
this ministry only. Most were written
by the founder/administrator. We do not allow any copying of our copywrited material.