How to Become an Ordained Minister in Michigan

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There are several reasons why you might have the calling to become an ordained minister. Perhaps you've had an epiphany and want to share it with others in an official capacity or maybe your sister is getting married and wants you to preside over her wedding. Regardless of the reason, if you live in Michigan, or wish to preside over ceremonies there, it's important to know the legal requirements to become an ordained minister in Michigan. This article lays out the steps required to attain that goal.

1 Becoming Ordained-A Simple Method

2 To become ordained and be to perform wedding ceremonies

To become ordained and be able to perform wedding ceremonies in Michigan, you will need a written or printed document from a church. It doesn't have to be a local church, or even a physical one. Many people are instantly ordained on the Internet and print their certificates at home. At least through 2009, this practice is legal in Michigan. If you wish to become ordained online, you can search the Internet with keywords such as Universal Life Church, spiritual humanism, or Rose Ministries.

3 Follow the steps on the website

Follow the steps on the website. Some sites offer free ordination without obligation, while others require you to purchase a clergy package. The packages can range from a simple certificate and pocket credentials to an entire wedding business package with all the trimmings.

4 Depending on which online organization you use

Depending on which online organization you use, either print your ordination certificate or wait for it to come in the mail. You are now a legally ordained minister in Michigan. It's that simple.

Carole A. Ward has enjoyed more than eight years as a professional writer, editor and proofreader. She is the author of a popular monthly nonfiction column and is currently working on the first in a series of nonfiction books. During her college career, Ward majored in photography and minored in creative writing.