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    Officiant Information,  State Ordination Laws,  Wedding Officiant Ordination

    Are You Sure Your Ordination Is Legal?

    [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a recent article by church-growing expert Raul Rivera on the StartChurch blog, he asks a very relevant question: are you sure your ordination is legal?  While the situation described in the article — whether the ordination of a minister by his former pastor is still valid — may be unique, the question of whether or not your ordination is legal, valid and acceptable in various jurisdictions is actually very common. Back to the blog cited above, which lays out the scenario: Pastor Charles felt honored when he was asked to perform a wedding, especially since the bride and groom were his longtime childhood friends. They had all grown up together…

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    Officiant Information,  Officiant Training,  Wedding Officiant Ordination

    How To Become A Wedding Officiant

    Let’s say that you’ve been asked to perform the marriage ceremony for your best friend or, perhaps, your favorite cousin. What’s the process you must go through to become an ordained minister and wedding officiant? Do you need to be trained to serve as a celebrant, or receive a special license? Basically, the person performing a marriage ceremony must be legally ordained by a church or religious organization. Becoming ordained means that you are licensed to serve as an officiant (or celebrant, or ceremonial minister) and may perform weddings and other rites, such as funerals, baby blessings, and vow renewals. Need to become ordained to perform marriage ceremonies? It’s fast and…