Ordination Program

How to Become a Minister

God's Word Theological Institute believes that all people are naturally endowed with the right to control their own spiritual life, and thus that all those who feel so-called should have access to ordination.

Ordination at the God's Word Theological Institute is completely legal, is cost-free, and isn't complicated. An ancient Chinese proverb instructs us that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Within you lies the capacity to make the universe a better place, and your ordination may well unlock that potential. You can take your first step today by completing and submitting your online ordination application now.


Ordination Requirements

  1. File an application with God's Word Theological Institute.

  2. Complete and submit the "Ministry Studies" course, the course is Free, with a passing grade of minimun of 70% or higher.

  3. Believe and agree to our Statement of Faith.


What it means to be legally ordained

The word “ordained” or “ordination” often conjures up the thought or idea of a spiritual act or religious ceremony that involves the “laying on of hands” of one individual to another; a spiritual act that consecrates an individual as a minister of the gospel. This spiritual act is generally modeled after the “ordination” of Barnabas and Saul (Paul) in the Book of Acts, which reads,

“One day as these men were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work I have for them.’ So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid hands on them and sent them on their way.” Acts 13:2-3 (NLT)

This act is commonly practiced amongst many churches and ministries today, but is this act alone enough for a minister to be legally ordained? Although one’s “spiritual ordination” will not be questioned by the state or federal governments, many ministers are unaware that their ordinations do not meet the requirements of ordination for legal purposes. To be recognized as legally ordained, a more thorough process is necessary, and we will examine that process later in this applet. But first, to better understand the reasoning behind that process, it is necessary to understand the definition of a minister for legal purposes. In essence, for legal purposes, there are three main definitions of a minister, which are: 1) a minister for the purpose of solemnization of marriages, 2) a minister for employment purposes, and 3) a minister for tax purposes. We will examine each of these next.


Ordained ministers are authorized to perform all religious functions:

  1. Conduct religious worship
  2. Religious instruction
  3. Administer communion
  4. Provide spiritual counseling 
  5. Serve on the board of directors of a church
  6. Ministry administration
  7. And other sacerdotal functions including
    • Conduct baby dedication ceremonies 
    • Perform baptisms
    • Perform weddings
    • Conduct funerals
    • Visit the sick and shut-in
    • Minister in prisons

Minister Training

We're proud to offer support to a fast-growing community of ministers in all of their endeavors. To that end, we've created a collection of minister training materials here on our site. These helpful resources go in-depth to provide advice and instruction on a whole host of ministerial duties. We also operate a blog to keep our ministers up-to-date on relevant current events and offer interesting topics of discussion.

While GWTI ordinations can serve a variety of purposes, many ministers choose to use their ordination perform wedding ceremonies. Sound intimidating? Not to fear, solemnizing a marriage is not as complicated as it might sound. We've created a simple guide, found below, that explains the process.

To qualify for ordination through God's Word Theological Institute all you need you to do is complete and pass the above courses listed above, submit the Application of Ordinatation to ministery@gwms.church.  If you would like to have an "Offical Certificate of Ordination with an embossed Corporate Seal", please sub via PayPal a donation of $25 to cover our printing and postage costs.  God Bless You... 


Thank you for your interest in God's Word Theological Institute. It is our desire to enable you to travel the spiritual road from "head knowledge to heart understanding."

  • Do you need a solid foundation in the Word of God and faith of Jesus Christ?
  • Do you need practical teaching from scripture concerning the work of the ministry, such as pastoring or evangelism?
  • Do you lack the confidence and power to effectively preach the Gospel and see the same results from the Holy Spirit that the Lord Jesus and His disciples saw?

Requirements for Ordination

These are the requirements that might be assessed on an application to enter the program, which potential applicants will see before they apply for induction into the program. One of the purposes for having these requirements is to filter out some applicants that have no business applying. Below are a few examples.

  • Must be in full agreement with God's Word Theological Institute's "Statement of Faith."
  • Must have been a Christian for at least three years.
  • Must be of outstanding reputation within your church and /or community.
  • Must successfully complete, with a 70% or better score, the Ministry Studies Course.  (Click on the link to go the course.)
    (These requirements are the ones set by the board of directors that need to be satisfied before an ordination can be issued.)

What it means to be legally ordained

The word “ordained” or “ordination” often conjures up the thought or idea of a spiritual act or religious ceremony that involves the “laying on of hands” of one individual to another; a spiritual act that consecrates an individual as a minister of the gospel. This spiritual act is generally modeled after the “ordination” of Barnabas and Saul (Paul) in the Book of Acts, which reads,

“One day as these men were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work I have for them.’ So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid hands on them and sent them on their way.” Acts 13:2-3 (NLT)

This act is commonly practiced amongst many churches and ministries today, but is this act alone enough for a minister to be legally ordained? Although one’s “spiritual ordination” will not be questioned by the state or federal governments, many ministers are unaware that their ordinations do not meet the requirements of ordination for legal purposes. To be recognized as legally ordained, a more thorough process is necessary, and we will examine that process later in this applet. But first, to better understand the reasoning behind that process, it is necessary to understand the definition of a minister for legal purposes. In essence, for legal purposes, there are three main definitions of a minister, which are: 1) a minister for the purpose of solemnization of marriages, 2) a minister for employment purposes, and 3) a minister for tax purposes. We will examine each of these next.


Are you a Real Christian Organization?

Yes, God's Word Theological Institute is a Christian non-denominational Ministry based in Perris, CA. We are registered in the State of Californiae as a Nonprofit Religions Organization and with I.R.S. pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and our Charter and State laws authorize us to ordain ministers for Christ. Please consult your states laws on the legal status on "on-line ordinations.

Does God's Word Theological Institute ordaine women as Ministers?

Yes, God's Word Theological Institute ordains women to the rank of Minister, Pastor, Reverend, Chaplain, and Wedding Officiant same as men. The choice of rank or title is a personal choice and all titles or ranks hold the same legal and spiritual authority.


 


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