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

Texas has a long and proud history of exercising individual rights and freedoms. With that in mind, it's no wonder so many Texans have sought to forge their own paths by getting ordained!

Ready to follow in their footsteps? This guide will explain how online ordination works, what legal aspects you should be aware of, and, most importantly: how to become a minister in Texas!

1. Fill Out Your Texas Ordination Application

Getting ordained online with the Universal Life Church Ministries is as easy as filling out a short form on our website. Just input a few basic details to create your account, then press submit – that’s it! Once your ordination has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to view your official digital ordination certificate on our website. To begin, click the button below!

Our 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 expansive waters of the universe. Your faith is your own, 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 arbitrary set of rules laid out by a distant governing body.

2. Get Your Ordination Certificate

After getting ordained online, you should get a physical copy of your credentials. No matter what sorts of ministerial activities you’d like to get involved in, the next step is to ensure you have all the necessary supplies and documents to pursue your goals! Here are some of the most popular items among our ministers in Texas:

If those items don't seem relevant to your goals, not to worry! Feel free to explore our full catalog of ministry supplies.

Become a Wedding Officiant in Texas

Many people who are ordained have a hope to perform wedding ceremonies – oftentimes for family or friends. In fact, ULC ministers perform countless successful wedding ceremonies in Texas each year! A traditional church ceremony in San Antonio can be wonderful, but what if a couple just wants a friend to perform a simple wedding ceremony at the Alamo? Having the freedom to go off-script can make for an amazing 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 Texas.

What Can You Do With Your Ordination in Texas?

Once you become ordained, you’ll have total freedom to choose how you want to put this new status to use. Regardless of where you are in Texas – from Lubbock to Houston, you can put your ordination to use in a variety of different ways. As an ordained minister with the ULC, you can:

  • Officiate weddings
  • Conduct baptisms
  • Preside over funerals
  • Perform a wide variety of other types of ceremonies

Some members of the ULC in Texas even go on to start their own churches! To learn more about the potential directions you can take and how to study up on these different specialties, visit our Minister Training Center.

What Does it Mean to Be Ordained?

Ordination is a process of consecration that has been practiced across many different religious groups throughout history. Each faith and denomination has its own method for ordaining its members as part of the clergy – processes that can vary quite significantly from one belief system to another. 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 many years of study and the approval of church leadership – not to mention the financial backing to attend formal schooling for becoming a minister. 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 Texas because we know how important it is for Texans to be able to make their own decisions about becoming ordained, free from the barriers imposed by conventional religious bodies or government authorities. Ordination through the Universal Life Church Ministries confers all the same rights and privileges enjoyed by members of the clergy ordained through more traditional avenues. ULC ministers are empowered to conduct the same types of duties performed by other clergy members from other organizations and denominations.

Are ULC Ordinations Valid in Texas?

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

Is it Legal to Get Ordained Online in Texas?

Yes! The First Amendment to the Constitution extends freedom of religion to everyone in the United States, regardless of what their faith is or how they choose to practice it. The ULC has, per its practices, legally ordained thousands of ministers online in Texas. Every day, these intelligent, thoughtful ministers are legally performing services and ceremonies in their communities.

The ULC believes that everyone who feels so-called, regardless of their particular beliefs, should have access to ordination and the ability to captain their own spiritual ship. We ask only that our ministers abide by two tenets:

  1. Do that which is right, and
  2. Every individual is free to practice their religion in the manner of their choosing, so long as that expression does not impinge upon the rights or freedoms of others and is in accordance with the government's laws.

How Long Does it Take to Get Ordained in Texas?

The amount of time it can take to get ordained can vary depending on what avenue you are taking to become an ordained minister. The ULC believes that ordination should be accessible to any individual who feels so-called, so we've created an innovative platform that allows anyone interested in the path of ordination to apply for that online. Properly requested ULC ordinations are granted almost instantaneously, and we've legally ordained thousands of ministers in Texas who are doing amazing work every day.

If you are feeling called to join our community, we'd be happy to welcome you!

How Much Does it Cost to Get Ordained in Texas?

The cost of ordination depends entirely on how and through which institution you choose to become ordained. Going to a traditional seminary or religious graduate program can cost thousands and thousands of dollars in tuition alone. The ULC has worked tirelessly since its founding to ensure that ordination can be made available to anyone who feels so-called, regardless of their economic status. For this reason, among others, online ordination with the Universal Life Church is absolutely free.

This policy has enabled thousands of people who would ordinarily never be able to achieve ordination as a result of their financial limitations to achieve that goal and utilize their new status to improve themselves and their communities. We do ask for a small fee from any minister who chooses to order physical supplies or copies of their credentials to help us cover the cost of those, but the ULC's online ordination itself has no charge and is open to all.

How Can You Get Ordained in Texas for Free?

As noted above, online ordination with the ULC is always free! If you are interested in applying for online ordination and haven't done so already, please just scroll up to step 1 on this page and hit the big blue button to begin your ordination application and the next big adventure in your life!

Do you have to be a resident of Texas?

An online ordination from the ULC is not itself state-specific, meaning that you only need to get ordained once and that ordination itself is valid no matter where in the world you happen to be.

You should be aware that different states do often have different rules and regulations for how certain ceremonies, like weddings, are meant to be performed - so prior to performing any ceremony with legal significance we always suggest that you reach out to the government office that will be overseeing the results of that ceremony ahead of time to ensure that you have all of the paperwork you'll need.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Ordained in Texas

The Universal Life Church requires that all those who apply for online ordination be at least 18 years of age or older. This age restriction, along with other policies and procedures related to the ordination process, are made clear as you are completing the application form. Any ordination application that is made under false pretenses or in violation of our terms and conditions will be automatically considered void, and we will not be able to defend the legitimacy of any ordination granted under false pretenses or otherwise in violation of our guidelines.

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