Examining the fallacy that free, instant online ordination is valid and accepted universally without question. (A quick clue: it isn’t, and it can get you and the bridal couple into an embarrassing situation.)
You probably just arrived here from the search engine of your choice. You’re undoubtedly looking for free online ordination — because that’s what our headline is screaming.
A friend or a family member has probably asked you to serve as the minister for their wedding, and you’ve gone out on the Internet to find the fastest, cheapest, easiest way to become ordained so you can perform the marriage ceremony.
Right now, you’re probably wondering which link you should be clicking on to obtain that wonderful free online ordination you were looking for.
So, before you go back and click on the next link in the search results, please give us just a few tiny seconds to provide you with a quick bit of wisdom at no charge — wisdom you can take or leave.
We’ve been doing this a long, long time, and we’ve become pretty knowledgeable on the subject. Granting legal, verifiable ordination and performing marriage ceremonies legally are very important to us.
Here’s the question we receive on a regular basis: If you can obtain a ministerial credential instantly elsewhere for free, why should you pay for ordination through First Nation Church?
The answer: To be blunt, you get what you pay for. While the basic, free instant online ordination and generic Internet “minister credential” will be accepted in a few states, full ordination and licensing as a ceremonial minister through First Nation Ministry is valid and legal everywhere in the world, and is accepted in every state and local jurisdiction across the United States.
Did you know that your “free minister ordination” obtained elsewhere can end up costing you much more than you bargained for?
Just about any free ceremonial ordination service will give you a piece of paper with your name on it, or a blank form on which you can write your own name. It may look official, but what happens when you take it down to the County Clerk’s office? That’s where your fun begins. (And by “fun,” we mean not so much fun.)
If your “credential” is accepted — and it’s a mighty big “if” — you’re good to go. If not, you’ll be going back to the ordination service to see if they’ll provide you with a “letter of good standing” from the church. Here’s a quick lesson for you: that letter is not free!
(Here’s another lesson: the letter is included in our standard package, at no additional charge to you.)
Want a personalized certificate with your name on it from them? Get out your wallet. How about an identification card? They’ll charge you for that, too. Oh, and you want it shipped to your home? There will be an additional fee for that as well.
Suddenly, your “free” ministerial credential elsewhere can end up costing you more than $150!
Our fee for complete ordination works out to less than $1.35 per month, includes full documentation and unlimited support every step of the way, allowing you to perform ceremonies in all fifty states (plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories). Only planning on performing a single marriage ceremony? Our basic package includes EVERYTHING you’ll need to be confident in the power that has been vested in you by First Nation Church!
- Having a friend or family member serve as your Wedding Minister adds a wonderful touch to your ceremony, and it can save you hundreds of dollars!
- Nearly every state in the U.S. allows properly ordained ceremonial ministers to perform weddings, and it only takes a few minutes to complete the process.
- We offer unlimited assistance to make sure your wedding day is problem-free!
- The cost is nominal — only about $1.35 per month!
Also, if you are a wedding planner, hotel concierge, disc jockey, life coach, bed and breakfast owner, or other wedding professional, it’s a great idea to have a current and valid minister credential handy. You’ll never know how many times you can step in and save the day when the scheduled officiant fails to show up! It’s a small price to pay to be a hero!
Ready to take the next big step and become legally ordained? Please click here to take the next step toward ordination.
Feature photo: a chic outdoor wedding at Ireland’s magnificent Dromo Castle, courtesy of West Coast Weddings Ireland.