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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Questions concerning Ordination, and other things offered by The WCM

Give us a call if you have any unanswered questions.  (559) 297-4271




The Questions

Ordination Information

How do I become ordained?

Is the government involved in the ordination of ministers?

I am a retired senior citizen and veteran and in my 60’s, can I get ordained and start doing
religious services right away?


Is it possible to expedite my ordination?

Does my ordination have to be renewed each year?

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?


What other services besides ordination does World Christianship Ministries offer.

Do you ordain every person that applies?

Why do you not ordain anonymously right on the internet where I can just type in my name
and address and instantly print out an ordination certificate?


How fast will you process my application once it is received?

What are Clergy Packages?

How long before I will receive The WCM’s mailed out information packet after I leave
my name and address on your website?


What authority do you give to the people you ordain?

Do I need to be ordained or licensed or both?

Does World Christianship Ministries ordain outside the USA?



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.


Can I make money by doing weddings?

After being ordained by World Christianship Ministries can I do weddings in all states?

Is there any legal requirement of what I should say in a wedding ceremony?

Can I perform a marriage outside the USA?

Why is it legal for me to perform a marriage?

What is the minister’s role in handling the marriage license?

Is it hard to do weddings?

Can I perform a wedding in the USA if I am not a citizen?


Handbooks and Materials

What kind of handbooks and materials does WCM offer?



Bible Study

What type of Bible Study does World Christianship Ministries have?


General Questions

About how many people has WCM ordained?

Is my name put on any mailing lists or shared with other organizations?

Does The WCM offer the Pastoral Counselor Certificate?

Which ordination title should I choose?

Do I have to register with the government after being ordained, and will the government recognize me?

If I have a question after being ordained can I contact you?

Will World Christianship Ministries help me to become nonprofit or tax exempt?

Do I need to be Ordained or Licensed or Both?

Does WCM offer the honorary Doctor of Divinity certificate?

Does WCM offer the Letter of Good Standing or Confirmation of Communion certificate?

Can I use my credentials to minister in Jails or Penal facilities?

Does The WCM write and prepare all of the things they offer?


 

The Answers



Ordination Information


How do I become ordained?

You just need to complete our brief Ordering/Application forms. The application can be Called in to us,
Faxed in, E-Mailed to us as a PDF or JPEG attachment, or Mailed in.

Application Forms and info in PDF       Application Forms and info in JPEG


Is the government involved in the ordination of ministers?

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.


A am a retired senior citizen and veteran and in my 60’s, can I get ordained and start
doing religious services right away?

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.


Is it possible to expedite my ordination?

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.


Does my ordination have to be renewed each year?

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.


What other services besides ordination does World Christianship Ministries offer?

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.


Do you ordain every person that applies?

No, all applications are approved or not approved. Fortunately it is rare that we have to turn someone down.

 

Why do you not ordain anonymously right on the internet where I can just type in my name
and address and instantly print out an ordination certificate?

That would leave the door wide open for fraudulent applications. We require personal contact by
phone, fax, E-mail or regular mail.


How fast will you process my application once it is received?

Generally we will have your package placed in the mail 1-2 business days after your application is received.


What are Clergy Packages?

Clergy Packages, 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.


How long before I will receive The WCM’s mailed out information packet after I leave my name
and address on your website?

Generally we place your information packet in the mail the next business day.


What authority do you give to the people you ordain?

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.


Do I need to be ordained or licensed or both?

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.


Does World Christianship Ministries ordain outside the USA?

Yes, 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


Can I make money by doing weddings?

Absolutely!  Doing 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.


After being ordained by World Christianship Ministries can I do weddings in all states?

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.


Is there any legal requirement of what I should say in a wedding ceremony?

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.


Can I perform a marriage outside the USA?

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.


Why is it legal for me to perform a marriage?

All states specify in their marriage laws who can do weddings. All states have wording to the effect
that an ordained or licensed minister can do legal marriages. Some states use a little different wording
but it means the same thing.

 

What is the ministers role in handling the marriage license?

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.


Is it hard to do weddings?

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.


Can I perform a wedding in the USA if I am not a citizen?

Check with the Marriage License Office in the county where you wish to do the ceremony.

 

Handbooks and Materials


What kind of handbooks and materials does WCM offer?

We offer many different handbook on a wide range of subjects. Refer to our Handbooks Page
on this website.

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Bible Study


What type of Bible Study does World Chrisitanship Ministries have?

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.

 

General Questions


About how many people has WCM ordained?

Over the past 36 years WCM has ordained a few hundred thousand people in every state and territory of the USA
and in over 85 foreign countries.

 

Is my name put on any mailing lists or shared with other organizations?

No, absolutely not.  Your information is private and not shared with any organizations or put on any mailing lists.


Does The WCM offer the Pastoral Counselor Certificate?

Yes, we do.

 

Which ordination title should I choose?

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.


Do I have to register with the government after being ordained, and will the government recognize me?

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.


If I have a question after being ordained can I contact you?

Certainly, we are happy to answer your questions. Our phone number is (559) 297-4271



Will World Christianship Ministries help me to become nonprofit or tax exempt?

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.


Do I need to be Ordained or Licensed or Both?

They are both basically the same so we incorporate both terms on our Ordination Certificate.


Does WCM offer the honorary Doctor of Divinity certificate?

Yes, we do offer that certificate.


Does WCM offer the Letter of Good Standing or Confirmation of Communion 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.


Can I use my credentials to minister in Jails or Penal facilities?

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.


Does The WCM write and prepare all of the things they offer?

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.


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