Minister Ordination Requirements
Ordination requires a demonstration of your commitment to the church and is provided as an acknowledgment of the church's recognition of your commitment. To be accepted as a Christian minister you must meet the following three requirements:
Becoming ordained is different than earning an academic degree in theology. A theology degree is an academic certification, generally requiring anywhere from 2 to 10 years of university study to obtain. Academically, a degree in theology is considered the same as a degree in philosophy and is generally required if you wanted to teach religion at a university level. Earning a degree in theology does not make you minister on its own. Although many theology graduates do become ordained, the two titles are separate and distinct. All 50 states accept ordination to perform religious ceremonies, including weddings. You preach, start your own, and build your own congregation without a theology degree as long as you have been ordained.
You are not required to be baptized to become ordained, but we highly recommend that if you have not already been baptized that you consider it as soon as possible after your registration. In fact, Jesus was not baptized until quite late in life. Baptism is an important part of your spiritual commitment, so we do recommend this as high priority.
Conduct of a Minister
Ministers understand the importance in connecting with God and they ask for blessings for themselves and others. Ministers are closer to God and are responsible for leading others in faith healing, financial blessings, and relationship advice and improvement. Therefore, ministers are held to a high expectation of conduct. They must be honest, compassionate, and reasonable in their dealings with other people. When it comes to resolving disputes between members of a congregation, the pastor must be seen as a fair an neutral party who does not give in to feelings of anger, retribution, or prejudice.