How to Become a Pastor for Free

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There are different ways to become a pastor. Your path will depend on the state you live in, whether you want to be ordained, and your reasons for becoming a pastor. There are churches online that offer ordination for free. You will need to be ordained to perform weddings, baptisms, and other events. Becoming ordained does not qualify you to be a pastor at any church. Each church will have different standards and requirements for pastors.

1 Talk to your pastor

Talk to your pastor about your goal. He may be able to provide you with resources. Find out what requirements he fulfilled to become a pastor.

2 Enroll in a seminary school

Enroll in a seminary school. You may be able to find grants or scholarships that will allow you to attend college for free. This is the traditional path to become a pastor.

3 Become ordained online

Become ordained online. There are churches online such as the American Fellowship Church and Universal Life Church that will ordain you online for free.

4 Complete the online application

Complete the online application to become ordained. This will generally only include your name and address.

5 Print your ordination certificate

Print your ordination certificate once approved or order one online. With proof of your ordination, you can apply to become a pastor at churches. Some churches have internships or other positions available that will allow you to gain experience.

Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.