Become a Legally Licensed or Ordained Pastor, Minister, Chaplain & More

Answer God's call to advance the Gospel with our legal ministry licensing and ordination options for qualified individuals.

Perform Weddings & Other Religious Ceremonies

Perform religious rites and sacraments, such as marriages, baptisms, legal marriages and funerals.

Start a Church, Lead a Christian Ministry & Serve on Missions

Follow the Lord’s call on your life to start a church or lead a ministry with legal ministry credentials.

Qualify for Possible Clergy Tax Deductions

The IRS recognizes both licensed and ordained ministers as clergy for tax purposes.

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Join our Christian community of legally licensed and ordained ministers.

Ministry Licensing & Ordination Requirements

Legal ordination is the result of a set of compliance steps taken by both the ministry and minister. At Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLSTG), we have taken the steps necessary to ensure that you are legally covered in your ministry calling and journey. You can view the biblical foundations of what we believe by visiting our “Statement of Faith” webpage.

 

  • Associates Degree (Theology/Ministry or Equivalent) & 1 Year of Ministry/Marketplace Ministry
  • Successful Completion of Application & Interview Process to Ensure:
    • Ministry Purpose/Calling
    • Theologically Sound Doctrine
    • Commitment to Daily Christian Living
  • Submission of Supporting Documents (Detailed Ministry Résumé, Transcripts, References, Etc.)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Spiritual/Pastoral Leader
  • Successful Completion of Any Two Courses
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Theology/Ministry or Equivalent) & 1 Year of Ministry/Marketplace Ministry Experience (or) Associates Degree (Theology/Ministry or Equivalent) & 3 Years of Ministry/Marketplace Ministry Experience
  • Successful Completion of Application & Interview Process to Ensure:
    • Ministry Purpose/Calling
    • Theologically Sound Doctrine
    • Commitment to Daily Christian Living
  • Submission of Supporting Documents (Detailed Ministry Résumé, Transcripts, References, Etc.)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Spiritual/Pastoral Leader
  • Successful Completion of Any Four Courses

Ministry Licensing

The reasons for making distinctions between ordained and licensed ministers vary by denomination. While many religious organizations give licensed ministers the authority to officiate at weddings, state laws may restrict the role of officiant to ordained clergy.

Ministry Ordination

Many religious organizations consider ordained ministers to be permanent clergy. Ordination permits the minister to perform church rites and sacraments, such as legal marriages, baptisms and funerals.