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
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 Christian services.
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 ourmost
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
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
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 by going to our Marriage Laws in all States Page.
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
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 2,500 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, where to advertise your services, 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
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
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
people pick 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
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 do 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
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.