How to Become an Ordained Minister in Arizona

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You can follow a spiritual calling, help people with their needs and earn some money at the same time by becoming an ordained minister in Arizona. Ministers are able to perform weddings, baptisms, funerals and other rites. Arizona does not require you to be licensed with the state to have a ministry there, though you must be at least 18 years old. You do not have to be an Arizona resident. You may have to register with the local county clerk's office before you perform ceremonies there.

Complete your church's seminary training, if required. Not all churches recognize free or online-based ordinations as authoritative. Arizona does not require your seminary school to be within the state for your ordination to be valid there.

Pick a ministry to perform your ordination if you choose not to attend seminary school. Many Christian as well as non-Christian organizations offer ordination that is valid in Arizona.

Verify that your spiritual beliefs are similar to the ministry's by reading its statement of faith. You represent the ministry and its spiritual position through your ordination.

Complete the application for ordination in Arizona. You can usually do this directly from the ministry's website. In some cases, you may have to submit your application by fax or mail. Pay the fee, if applicable.

Store the documents you receive from your chosen ministry in a safe place. You may need to file these documents with the local county clerk's office to prove your ordination.