Q. What is the difference between your ministry and ministries that will ordain you "online"... with a certificate I can print on my printer?
When you leave your name and address
on our website we immediately send
you a brief application, important information about your ordination
other things we offer, and a copy of our newsletter. We now also allow
you to quickly print out your ordering form and application using pdf file or jpeg.
your application packet you can Mail In, Fax In or Call In your
application, or you can send it to us as a PDF or JPEG attachment to our E-Mail address which is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our ordination
are printed on quality parchment paper, signed with original
bearing the gold seal and red and blue ribbons of our ministry and just
plain look great!
It is important for you to note that
ordination certificates that are printed directly off the internet,
no original signatures, are meeting with more and more problems in many
states. As such, we do not ordain in that way. However, our
process of accepting faxed in or called in or E-Mailed applications is
and you have personal contact with us. If you have an immediate need
for ordination we can PDF a copy of your ordination certificate to
you the same day the application is in our hands. Also,
once we have your
application and ordering form, we have your
package placed in the mail in only a 1-3 days.
Q. How long before I will receive your applications, newsletter and more information after I leave my name and address with you?
We usually have your packet placed in the mail the day after
your name and
mailing address. However, you can read through our website and then
download our ordering form and brief application on our Request Page,
and have all the same
information as our mail out
packet, and in much less time.
Do I have to renew my ordination each year and send another offering,
or be financially obligated to World Christianship Ministries in other
No, ordination is valid for life as long as your ministry or church
remains only Christian. We DO NOT require yearly fees to maintain
ordination. We also DO NOT ask you to be financially obligated to
WCM in any other way.
Q. After sending in an application how long before I receive my ordination documents?
we have your package placed in the mail from 1-3 business days after
receiving called in or faxed in applications. The processing time
mailed in application is generally about 1-3 business days once the
application is in our hands. To
and print your ordering form and brief application, CLICK HERE.
About how many people have you
ordained in each state of the
A. During the past 36 years, World Christianship Ministries has provided ordination to about 2,000 to ,12,000 people in each state of the USA, with the exception of the smaller states with less population where we have ordained about 500 to 1,000 in each state.
Q. When I send for information do you put my name and address on a mailing list that you give out to other ministry's or sell?
A. NEVER!! We NEVER NEVER give out or sell the names and addresses of the people that request information from us, or the people that we ordain.
Q. Why do you make ordination so simple?
We believe it is Biblical and that it's one of the best ways
spread) the Christian Faith.
Does World Christianship Ministries offer the Pastoral Counselor
Yes, we have offered the Pastoral Counselor certificate for over 20
years, and it has always been a popular certificate. Information
about receiving this certificate will be in your initial information
packet. Generally the Pastoral Counselor takes a person to the
Bible to allow the Bible to answer questions about problems they may be
having. Therefore, the Pastoral Counselor is not considered a
professional counselor. A professional counselor would be someone
who received their professional counseling degree in an academic
institution that the state recognizes. While Pastoral Counseling
is part of many churches and ministries it needs to be understood that
you should not accept an offering for that part of your work. To
do so would make it appear that you are trying to be a professional
counselor and you may very well run into problems. Again, you
should not tell a person what to do about their problems but rather
lead them to the Bible and show them where the Bible addresses their
issues. The Pastoral counselor certificate is meant to keep you within
the religious confines of this responsibility. Receiving offerings for
doing weddings, baptisms and funerals is fine as that is purely in the
There are so many different kinds of Christian ministries and religious
work and I am not yet sure which areas I would be best at. Can
you give me an idea of the different types of church and ministry work?
You are quite right. Most people do not realize that there are so
many different types of ministry and church work. The most
obvious is a church with traditional minister or pastor. Other
types of ministries would be a hospital or nursing home ministry,
Christian relief ministry, evangelist ministry, Christian film
ministry, home fellowship ministry, informational ministry, the ever
popular marriage minister, or marriage officiant ministry, a Christian
music ministry, prison ministry, radio and T.V. ministry, Bible study
ministry, one on one ministry, tract ministry, and more. World
Christianship's Guidebook for New Clergy goes into detail about these
various types of church and ministry work.
There are all kinds of Christian titles to choose from when being
ordained. Which one should I pick?
Generally it's best to pick a title that is closest to the type of
Christian work you wish to do. CLICK HERE and go to our Christian
title page that will explain the various titles. This should give
you a better idea of what is best for you.
In the USA there is separation of church and state. No
government has the authority to recognize one denomination over
or a newly established denomination over an established one. (see the
and court decision on our Religious Freedom page Click Here).
You and the ministry that ordained you decide if you can be a church or
ministry, not the government. There are 2 ways to formally establish
your new church or ministry's name if you wish to do that. The first
way is filing with your county a DBA (Doing Business As) name, which
protects that name from someone else using it in the county. The other
way is to incorporate that name in your state or some other state. In
order to open business activity, such as a checking account, you will
need to do the DBA (sometimes called Fictitious Business Name in a few
states), or the incorporation. Give us a call if you have a question
about either one of these options.
Q. Is it hard to perform wedding ceremonies in my state?
A. No, most states make it very simple for any ordained clergy to perform weddings. A few require that you file a copy of your certificate of ordination, ordination certificate credentials, first. If you would like information about doing weddings in your state, feel free to give us a call, (559) 297-4271, we are always happy to hear from you and answer your questions. You may also find more information about doing weddings on our wedding officiant, minister page by Clicking Here.
Doing weddings is a wonderful experience. When World Christianship began (over 25 years ago) we performed about two thousand wedding ceremonies in a five year period. At one point our wedding services even attracted the attention of the San Jose Mercury and News, a major newspaper published near San Francisco, California. They were kind enough to do a wonderful article on our ministry's wedding services, even going so far as to point out that a local judge said they were perfectly legal. For those of you wishing to do weddings we recommend our handbook entitled "The Marriage Ministers Handbook" which was written based on our own wedding experiences.
Q. If I have questions after being ordained can I contact you?
A. We are always here to answer your questions. You can feel free to contact us at any time. We are happy to offer advice. The best way to contact us is by phone, we welcome your calls. However, E-Mail and letters are welcome also. Again our phone number is (559) 297-4271.
Q. What makes your ordination program different from others such as The First International Church of the Web, or Universal Life Church?
A. We are a Christian ministry only and only ordain Christian clergy. WCM is also an established Incorporated Ministry with two Federal Trademarks. We have been established for 25 years and offer many, many things that you will not find on other websites that offer ordination.
Q. What authority do you give to the people you ordain?
A. We give you all the authority necessary to establish your new church or ministry. 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 of any denomination.
Q. Do I need to be Ordained or Licensed or both?
A. Ordination by World Christianship Ministries gives you full authority to do all Christian services, and take your ministry in whatever Christian direction you feel appropriate. We incorporate the words "ordained and licensed" on our ordination certificate as both words basically mean the same thing. Some people feel that the term "licensed minister" means that the government somehow is involved in issuing a license to be ordained. This is not the case as the government is not involved in the ordination or licensing of clergy.
Q. Does World Christianship Ministries offer the honorary Doctor of Divinity certificate?
Yes, we do offer the honorary Doctor of Divinity certificate
for your Christian service. We also offer the Pastoral Counselor
certificate. Information about these certificates can be found in
of information that we mail to you.
Q. Does World Christianship Ministries offer the Confirmation of Communion certificate to show we are in good standing with you?
To receive more information and application