"Let's Mobilize an Army of Wedding Officiants: Answering the Christian Wedding Officiant Calling and Nurturing Christian Marriages"

by Henry Reyenga

In a world where the sanctity of Christian marriage faces increasing challenges, the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) and Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) introduce an innovative approach: Mobilizing a legion of wedding officiants dedicated to fortifying Christian marriages and inspiring ministry vocations. This white paper details the transformative journey towards becoming a wedding officiant, a path ripe with potential for cultivating rich external and internal ministry callings. Furthermore, it discusses the instrumental role officiants play in nurturing robust, Christ-centered marriages.

I. Introduction:

The Significance of Wedding Officiants: Wedding officiants stand at the crux of a couple's journey into matrimony. Beyond simply presiding over the ceremony, they often impart pre-marriage advice and direction. Armed with comprehensive training and an in-depth understanding of Christian doctrines, these officiants can significantly shape the spiritual bedrock of a marriage, equipping couples with the necessary tools for a fruitful, enduring partnership.

II. The Twin Dimensions of Ministry Callings 

A. External Calling

The inception of the journey to becoming a wedding officiant frequently springs from an external calling. This takes place when community members perceive an individual's potential for ministry and inspire them to delve into this role. This external affirmation can act as a potent motivator for deeper ministry engagement.

B. Internal Calling

The external calling is often accompanied or succeeded by an internal calling. As individuals mull over the prospect of becoming a wedding officiant or embark on their training, they may encounter a deep spiritual validation of this path. This internal calling can bolster their dedication to ministry and generate a lasting passion for service through Christ's teachings.

III. The Value of Trained Wedding Officiants 

Officiants who have undergone rigorous training through the CLI and CLA programs provide invaluable support to couples on the cusp of marriage. They guide couples in pre-marriage dialogues on vital topics, such as conflict resolution, communication, financial planning, hot monogamy, and spiritual development. These discussions can dramatically improve a couple's capability to establish a robust, Christ-centered marriage.

Moreover, by sharing their ministry journeys, officiants can also inspire others in their communities to probe their own callings.

IV. The Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance Program 

CLI and CLA offer a thorough and adaptable program for individuals keen on becoming ordained wedding officiants. The curriculum rests on Christian teachings and imparts extensive training on various facets of ministry, including leading pre-marriage counseling sessions and conducting wedding ceremonies.

Upon successful completion of the mandatory coursework, individuals receive ordination through CLA, a renowned organization that authenticates the ordination and the officiant's capability to conduct weddings. The partnership between CLI and CLA guarantees the credibility and recognition of the ordination, enhancing the officiant's stature in the community, and amplifying their potential to foster resilient, Christian marriages.

V. The Ministry to the Spiritual Future of Marriages 

The duties of a wedding officiant transcend the ceremonial aspect, reaching deep into the couple's spiritual journey and charting the course for their future life together. Here are three key ways a seasoned wedding officiant shapes the couple's spiritual future:

  1. Inviting God into Their Marriage 
    An officiant serves as a catalyst in welcoming God into the couple's marriage. This divine invocation is not merely ceremonial, but a profound commitment. The officiant aids the couple in realizing and accepting that their union goes beyond two individuals, extending into a covenant with God.
  2. Emphasizing Mutual Consent in a World Where It's Diminished 
    In a world where the essence and value of mutual consent have deteriorated, the wedding officiant plays a crucial role in restoring its importance. They guide the couple through the significance of their vows, the gravity of their promises, and the importance of mutual, God-centered agreement in a Christian marriage. The officiant reiterates that marriage is a conscious, mutual commitment, grounded in mutual respect and love.
  3. Catering to the Couple's Spiritual Needs 
    A thriving marriage goes beyond love and companionship; it includes the couple's spiritual growth. Wedding officiants, through their training, are equipped to identify and address these spiritual needs. They guide couples in understanding how their relationship serves as a conduit to spiritual fulfillment and a deeper understanding of God's love.

VI. The Role of a Well-Trained Officiant 

A well-trained officiant ensures that these critical elements form the core of the wedding ceremony. They deliver a 'sermon light,' a message imparted to family and friends during the wedding that upholds the Biblical view of marriage. This message, presented confidently and proficiently, stresses the cultural model of Biblical marriage and advocates the importance of monogamy. Hence, the officiant's role is crucial not only in presiding over the marriage but also in promoting a healthy and God-centered understanding of this sacred commitment.

By accomplishing these essential tasks, the officiant plays a pivotal role in nurturing the spiritual future of the couple and their community, sparking a sense of ministry calling as they witness the impact of their role on the couple's journey in faith and love.

VII. The Calling to Ministry 

Therefore, the path to becoming a wedding officiant becomes a calling in itself. Through the Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance programs, individuals are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to respond to this call competently and confidently. They are empowered to make a lasting impact on couples and their communities, strengthening the foundation of Christian marriages and promoting the cultural brand of Biblical marriage.

Let's heed this call, join the army of wedding officiants, and make a difference in our world, one Christian marriage at a time. The future of Christian marriages and the spiritual growth of our communities hinge on our readiness to step up and serve in this vital ministry.

VIII. The Path Beyond: Expanding the Officiant Calling

The role of a wedding officiant is often the first step in a broader journey of ministerial vocations offered by the Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA). This role is not only a destination but also a launchpad, allowing you to expand your ministry and serve in various capacities within the Christian community.

A. Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant 

The Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant is the foundational minister credentialing role available. Requiring only 5-10 hours of study and one recommendation, you can confidently and competently become a recognized Wedding Officiant, licensed through the CLA.

B. Field Minister 

The role of a Field Minister builds on the Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant role, providing you with further recognition as a minister. It elevates a local lay minister to a clergy status, enabling you to serve more effectively in your local church or community. If you're seeking online ordination, this program is highly recommended. Ideal candidates for this role include:

  1. Retired Christians who want to serve
  2. Church Elders
  3. Church Deacons
  4. Business Leaders
  5. Home School Moms

C. Coaching Minister 

As a Coaching Minister, you are a licensed minister and also a coach or life coach. This program further expands on the preceding roles, offering you another avenue for service.

D. Licensed Minister 

The Licensed Minister role broadens the scope for ministerial work in your church or community. This position ranks among the most sought-after minister roles at the Christian Leaders Institute.

E. Licensed Ministry 

Chaplain As a Licensed Ministry Chaplain, you can serve in local fire departments or civic organizations as volunteers, making this role ideal for those called to such service.

F. Ordained Minister 

The role of an Ordained Minister is the first ordination clergy role granted through CLA using the training at Christian Leaders Institute. This role equips you to perform all the essential functions of ordained ministry and requires three recommendations.

IX. Specializations

Each of these roles allows for specialization in areas such as youth or marriage, providing a tailored path to serve in a capacity that aligns with your calling and interests.

These multiple paths of service present diverse opportunities to expand your ministerial work beyond the initial Wedding Officiant role. Each step further equips you with skills, knowledge, and recognition, allowing you to serve the Christian community in more profound and impactful ways. As you explore these roles, consider how each one can enhance your journey in ministry and provide avenues to extend Christ's love and teachings within your community.

X. The "Give It Forward" Movement: Universal Access to Ministry Training

The "Give It Forward" movement, a cornerstone of the Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance philosophy, ensures that high-quality, rigorous ministry training is accessible to individuals across all economic situations. This initiative embodies the belief that economic constraints should not hinder one's calling to serve in Christian ministry.

The "Give It Forward" movement is based on the principle of generosity. Students and ministers who have the means are encouraged to donate towards the free education they have received, thus 'giving it forward' for the next student. This enables individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or from countries where educational resources are scarce or expensive, to access the same quality of ministry training without the burden of financial strain.

By adopting a model where those who can afford to give, do so, and those who can't, are still afforded the opportunity to learn and grow, the "Give It Forward" movement creates an inclusive learning environment that uplifts and empowers all members, regardless of their financial standing.

This model democratizes access to education and training, breaking down the barriers of traditional educational institutions that often leave individuals in debt. Instead, the "Give It Forward" movement fosters a spirit of community, interdependence, and shared success.

Through this initiative, the Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance have managed to reach and equip thousands of individuals globally. From the Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant to the Ordained Minister role, every program is made available to all, ensuring that every person who feels the calling to Christian ministry has the tools, training, and recognition necessary to realize that calling.

In essence, the "Give It Forward" movement ensures that your economic situation does not dictate your ability to answer God's call. It proves that with shared responsibility, generosity, and a commitment to serving others, we can build a world where everyone, irrespective of their financial standing, can explore their calling and serve their communities effectively.


Call to Action: We invite Christians to probe their ministry callings and consider the role of a wedding officiant. By becoming trained and ordained officiants through the CLI and CLA program, individuals can significantly impact their communities, fostering Christ-centered marriages and inspiring others to explore their own callings. Let's rally this army of wedding officiants and collectively strive towards the strengthening of Christian marriages and the promotion of meaningful ministry engagements.

By empowering Christians to become officiants, we aim to ensure that an increasing number of couples embark on their marital journey with a robust foundation in Christ, thereby building stronger communities and a brighter future for Christian families.

This initiative not only equips individuals with the skills to lead and counsel but also provides a platform to foster a sense of calling, bolstering the overall spiritual fabric of the Christian community. The Christian Wedding Officiant Calling may start with being asked to perform a wedding ceremony, that calling expands into a ministry calling that goes beyond. Let's answer the call together.

Last modified: Thursday, July 11, 2024, 1:37 PM