We give you
authority to do legal wedding and marriage ceremonies.
Have your own marriage ministry if you wish. Do the wedding ceremony for a friend or relative.
Our Marriage Minister's Handbook will give you easy to understand step by step instructions on how to conduct all 3 types of wedding ceremonies. Ordination by World Christianship Ministries will give you the legal authority to do weddings. Also, after being ordained by WCM you may call this ministry at any time if you have a questions about doing a ceremony.
Pictured above is Minister Powell of Arizona
and one of the 15 happy couples he has joined in marriage.
Question: How many wedding ceremonies has the Administrator/Bishop of World Christianship Ministries done himself?
Answer: Rev. McElroy has performed well over 2,500 marriage ceremonies in homes, gardens, parks, halls, churches, national parks, at the ocean, in the mountains, at places of business and even on horseback.
Question: How much of an offering should I ask for doing a marriage ceremony?
Answer: Generally this is up to you. On the average you might request an offering of $50 to $300 or more for doing a wedding ceremony depending on the size of the town or city, and whether or not it is a simple ceremony or semi-formal ceremony, or formal ceremony. Most of the ceremonies you will do are simple informal ceremonies, done in peoples homes, gardens, parks, almost any location. Our Marriage Ministers Handbook is an excellent reference for doing informal and semi-formal weddings ceremonies.
Question: Do I have to have a church to do weddings?
Answer: No, you do not need a physical church in order to do weddings. You may work from your home if you wish. Also, many of the people we ordain have family that get involved in the weddings by providing services like photographs, flowers and such. There are many possibilities for family members who are creative.
Question: Will I be able to do weddings in all states?
Answer: Yes, you may perform legal weddings in all states as an ordained or licensed minister (clergy). A few states require you to have an actual congregation first and a few will require you to file a copy of your Ordination Certificate, with the marriage license office, or other office, before doing a wedding. Most of the states require nothing except that you be ordained or licensed and properly complete the marriage license after the ceremony and file it timely back with the county. If you live in Canada it is not easy to get permission to do weddings there as their laws are much different than the USA. It is possible, but the provinces make it a real headache to apply. Refer to our "Marriage Laws in All States" page for more information.
Question: I would like to have my relative ordained just to do my wedding ceremony. Can this be done?
Answer: Yes, your relative (or friend) can be ordained and do your ceremony. And, since we ordain individuals for life your relative (or friend) will always have the authority to perform a legal marriage ceremony and (or) begin a Christian ministry if they wish to do so.