How long does it take to get ordained online, and what is an internet church?

Becoming a minister is an incredibly rewarding and powerful responsibility. But, as life changing as the abilities of the role are, you’d be surprised as to how quickly you can get ordained to become a wedding officiant by applying online.


In days gone by, the officiant of the wedding would be a high-ranking member of the community, such as a religious leader, or a constable. Since marriage has become government regulated, the wedding officiant’s role has become, legally, the person who administers the contract between the two parties getting married. And to have the power to do this, all you need to do is become ordained – which is easier than ever.


So how long does it take to get ordained online? While many traditional religious institutions require years of studying and thousands of dollars of tuition, to become ordained online with American Marriage Ministries (AMM), actually, all you need to do is be over 18 years of age, and fill out an incredibly short form. Not only is the application process free, but it is also incredibly quick – taking only a few minutes. In just a matter of clicks, you can send off your application and be on your way to becoming a minister.


Once you’ve applied online in just a few minutes, all you have to do is wait for it to be confirmed.


Because this is processed by individual states, the time you wait for this will depend on the local government, and will usually take between a few days, to a few weeks. Then, before you officiate a wedding in a state, you must check the information on the laws governing wedding officiant registration in the state you wish to perform it in, as though most states only require the minister privileges bestowed by AMM, some legally require an extra level of officiant registration.


So, how can AMM offer officiant application so quickly, easily and all for free?


This is all made possible by the internet church of American Marriage Ministries. Put simply, an internet church is as official as a regular church, but online – so religious activities can take place digitally, rather than just in person.  The Roman Catholic Pontifical Council, for example, has said that the internet can “enrich the religious lives of users.”


AMM is an IRS Certified 501c3 non-profit, non-denominational constitutional church, headquartered in the Washington state area and with ministers across the country, that has been established since 2009. Working closely with government offices across the country, the AMM is even the only online ministry whose ministers are recognized in Nevada, specifically Las Vegas – and that’s a lot of weddings.


Ready to become ordained yourself? Head to AMM for everything you need to know and apply for free today.