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Becoming ordained in Arizona has never been easier! The title of “minister” was once set aside only for those with the resources to pursue it through time-consuming, costly (and rather judgmental) avenues. But those days are no longer. The Universal Life Church Ministries has toppled these old barriers by pioneering a new path to ordination that makes it easier for anyone who feels so-called to get ordained online for free.

Arizona has a long and rich history of playing host to and celebrating many different faiths, including ULC Ministers. By getting ordained in Arizona, you'll play an integral role in that vibrant tapestry.

This guide will explain how online ordination works, the legal facts you should be aware of, and, most importantly: how to become a minister in Arizona!

1. How Do You Get Ordained in Arizona?

Becoming ordained online with the Universal Life Church Ministries is as simple as filling out a small form on our website. Just enter a few details to create an account, then hit submit – that’s all! Once your ordination has been processed, you’ll receive an email including a link to view your official digital ordination certificate on the website. To begin, click the button below!

The ordination process is straightforward, fast, and entirely free. Why? Because we believe everyone has the right to captain their own spiritual ship and chart their own course through the universe. Faith is personal, and we think it’s important that you be given the ability to pursue your beliefs however is most appropriate for you – not according to some complex set of rules handed down by a distant governing body.

2. What Can You Do With Your Ordination in Arizona?

Once you are ordained, you’ll have the freedom to decide how you want to put this new status to use. Regardless of where you’re located in the state of Arizona – from Sierra Vista to Lake Powell, you can take advantage of your status as a minister in many different ways. As an ordained minister with the ULC, you can:

  • Officiate wedding ceremonies
  • Perform baptisms
  • Solemnize funerals
  • Lead a wide variety of other types of ceremonies

Some ministers of the ULC in Arizona even go on to form their own ministires! To learn more about the different directions you can take and how to study these varying specialties, visit our Minister Training Center.

3. What Do You Need to Be Ordained in Arizona?

Once you’ve decided what categories of activities you are interesting in pursuing, the next step is to make sure you have all the necessary supplies to achieve your goals! Here are some of the most often ordered items among our ministers in Arizona:

Regardless of what you want to accomplish, rest assured that we can help get your new ministry off to a great start!

4. What Does it Mean to Be Ordained?

Ordination is a consecration ceremony that has been adapted across many different religious groups through all of history. Every faith and denomination has its own method for ordaining members to be clergy – processes that can vary quite a lot from one belief system to the next. In the simplest sense, getting ordained indicates that powers have been vested in you by a higher authority to become a minister and carry out duties such as performing ceremonies.

The path to ordination was historically a difficult one, requiring several years of study and the approval of leadership – not to mention the financial resources needed to attend formal minister schooling.

The ULC believes such traditional routes are unnecessarily restrictive, which is why we’ve opened the doors of ordination to all those who seek it through a unique online model. We offer this option in Arizona because we know how important it is for Arizonans to be able to make their own decisions about becoming ordained, free from the barriers imposed by more traditional religious bodies.

Ordination through the Universal Life Church Ministries confers all of the same rights and privileges enjoyed by members of the clergy ordained via other routes. ULC ministers are empowered to conduct the same types of duties performed by other clergy members from other organizations and denominations.

5. Can You Get Ordained to Perform a Wedding in Arizona?

Many ULC ministers perform wedding ceremonies as a part of their ministries. In fact, ULC ministers have performed thousands of successful wedding ceremonies in Arizona over the years! A traditional church ceremony in Tempe can be wonderful, but what if a couple just wants a friend to perform a Fast and Fun Wedding Ceremony in Phoenix? Having the freedom to go off-script can make for a deeply personal experience.

If you plan to officiate a wedding, it’s important to understand that because marriage is a legal ceremony, there are additional rules that apply. Each state has its own laws regarding marriages and the process of performing them, so you’ll need to know about the requirements that apply in your area. To learn more, please visit our guide on performing weddings in Arizona.

Are ULC Ordinations Valid in Arizona?

As an established religious organization in good standing, ordinations conferred by the Universal Life Church are fully recognized in Arizona, and ULC ministers have the authority to perform all normal clergy duties, including officiating legal wedding ceremonies.