Ordination is a Sacrament, of course it is FREE. However, as with any Church or Religious Organization there are expenses, for example: Ministry Credentials and this is a No Brainer, but NO Church or Religious Organization offers such free. Churches and Religious Organizations have to pay the bills to, just like you and every business on this planet. Individuals looking for free handouts need not to apply for ordination, we are a Church, not a welfare office. If you can't purchase Ministry Credentials or the necessary Ministry Supplies, your conviction to serve is not very strong.
We offer the traditional laying of the hands on the head or online ordination. Wherefore, Yes our Ordination process is head and shoulders above most other "Online Ordination Type Assembly Lines." We Ordain ONLY those individuals seeking to actively participate in a Faith Based ministry and Church. Individuals we Ordain are carefully prescreened. The Universal Life Church World Headquarters is viewed as a legitimate Non-Profit Religious Organization and as an actual Church; who meets all 14 of The IRS Guidelines as established by The Internal Revenue Service in determining the definition of a Church.
We ordain men or women at their discretion as a Non-Denominational Minister or if they choose as an Independent Catholic Priest. We are not tied in with or affiliated with The Vatican or the Roman Catholic Church.
All Universal Life Church World Headquarters certificates, degrees and titles are printed at our Headquarters in Florida. This is typically done on Fridays and then postal mailed, via first class, priority mail (air mail when necessary), later that same day or on the next business day. For all other items, we have distribution centers throughout the world, the USA, Canada, Jerusalem, UK, Australia, etc., shipment origin & timing is contingent on your location and storehouse existing inventories.
Men or Women are ordained in accord with the Christian Doctrine of Faith; within the Order of St Michaels (OSM) and/or the Order of Saint Francis (OSF) by the Universal Life Church World Headquarters, Inc.. The Universal Life Church World Headquarters offers extensive training and support through our Universal Life Church Minister's Network and materials sold through the official Universal Life Church Online Store. Furthermore we offer home study, seminary and theology programs by CD or DVD with real College Professors on staff with fully accredited Universities. All training, support and education are available on an optional basis contingent at the discretion of each individual Minister.
The Universal Life Church World Headquarters understands and adheres to the following definition of a legal " Minister." In part this definition was defined under the Supreme Court, "Knight Ruling." Understand that becoming ordained simply to perform a wedding ceremony or two can get an individual in "Hot" water with government authorities as often the IRS and Federal Government only considers weddings valid when performed by an official minister of a faith based denomination with a tenet of faith, history of apostolic lineage, proof of what is considered Church activities, etc.
The Universal Life Church World Headquarters and its ministers ordained through us meet all of the below Governmental guidelines to the best that we can monitor them.
"Ministers" are defined with respect to services they perform in the exercise of their ministry: In deciding if a person is a "minister" for federal tax purposes and officiating weddings, the following five factors must be considered: (1) the person must be ordained, commissioned, or licensed; (2) administration of sacraments; (3) conduct of religious worship; (4) management responsibilities in the local church or a parent denomination; (5) considered to be a religious leader by the church or parent denomination.
In general, the IRS and the courts require that a minister be ordained, commissioned, or licensed, and then they apply a "balancing test" with respect to the other four factors. The more of them that a person satisfies, the more likely that he or she will be deemed to be a minister for tax reporting purposes, ability to officiate weddings, etc..
Universal Life Church
We are in alignment with the Original Universal Life Church, whose origin can be traced to 107AD, founded by St Ignatius of Antioch. It is the name of the first Christian Church. The Catholic Church actually derived its name from the Universal Life Church, as universal comes from the Greek Language and is defined as katholikos.
To Dispel Any Question About Our Organization - We Are The Only Universal Life Church World Headquarters. We Adhere To A Traditional Doctrine of Faith, With Canonical Texts, Central Authority & Hierarchy. Additionally We Meet All 14 Of The Guidelines of Churches As defined By The Internal Revenue Service Standards.
We offer our own Minister's Networks much like Facebook. The ULC Minister's Network is open to all faith based ULC Ministers ordained by us. http://www.ulcministersnetwork.com
1A.) Click on ULC Minister Network Link above.
1B.) Click on the Not a Member Sign Up Now Button on the page
1C.) Fill out the form, and verify the email you receive from the Network.
1D.) Just Add a Photo of Yourself When Editing Your Profile
What is The Stance of the ULC World Headquarters, Inc., on same sex marriage and homosexuality?
We do NOT pass judgement nor support agendas in support of or in defiance against an individuals sexual preference or on the same sex marriage issue. We assert that this is NOT the role of the Church. Our primary agenda is to bring all people into the love of Christ and into our fellowship."
Yes. We Offer Sunday Universal Mass in our Universal Life Chapel and podcasts thereof can be heard starting at 7PM EST every Sunday Evening on the Universal Life Church Radio Network
We Are A Non-Denominational Christian Ministry. Many Of Our Ministers, and Affiliate Congregations Are Also Classified As Independent Catholic.
Yes. The Universal Life Church World Headquarters, Inc., is recognized By State & Federal Entities As A Not For Profit Organization With Faith Based Tenets & Ministries.
Yes, our Ministers perform ceremonies all over the world which includes all 50 United States and Canada. There is no set fee, this is at the Ministers discretion. It is common practice for most Ministers to charge something, most Roman Catholic Priests charge a $150.00 gratuity.
Yes We Do. Many Of Our Faith Based Ministers Are Available To Oversee Baptisms And/Or Funerals.
We Believe That Once An Individual Is Ordained He/She Has Only Taken The First Step Toward The Definition Of An "Active Minister." Therefore, As An Organization, We Not Only Empower Individuals With Ordination But Encourage, In Part, Through Our Training Programs & Congregational Affiliations, Active Outreach Within The Local, Statewide, National & International Communities.
Our Organizational Outreach Ministries Range From Youth Ministry, to Missionaries in South America, Africa, India and etc., Statewide Prison Ministries and others. You May View Some Of These Ministries Through Visiting The Outreach Page Of Our Website or listening to the Universal Life Church Radio Network.
We Also Promote & Support, Financially & Through Our Charter Churches, Congregational Affiliates, Ministers, Missionary Teams, as Well as indirectly or directly supporting 500+ Non-Profit Organizations throughout the world.
Absolutely. We Invite You To Join Us On Facebook!
Can I Join You on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Myspace?
Yes, Definitely. We'd Love To Have You Join Us Through These Social Networking Sites.
Are You An Actual Brick n Mortar Church?
Yes, The Universal Life Church World Headquarters has a rectory (Residence) and a very real Church we hold regular services in. Additionally, To Our Headquarters in Florida, We Have Many Churches and Congregational Affiliates Throughout The United States and The World.
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Ordained Ministers who purchase a Membership in Good Standing/Ordination Certificate included within our Basic Ministry Credential Packet, note: in addition thereto a Minister ID is also required to validate credentials of ministry. All Ministers in addition thereto are required to comply with local, province or state and government laws for within the country of residence.
Certificates, degrees, charters or minister ID cards lost in the delivery process will be replaced, provided confirmation of delivery cannot be verified through the US Postal Service. Merchandise or any non certificate, charter or degree item, will not be replaced.
"Free Items" are subject to limitation of under nine total items in your cart.
Ministry Credentials for Ordination are subject to an annual renewal of $39.95 + $9.95 P&H. Church Charters are subject to an annual renewal of $50.00 + $9.95. All Ministry Credentials and/or Church Charters Orders paid by debit/credit card or by personal check are set for Auto-Renewal and authorization is hereby provided by Minister to charge the respective renewal with the payment method on file. For initial orders where payment was made by Paypal, bills will be sent via Paypal for renewal. Renewal payments are due on or before the 1st day of the preceding month of your anniversary date. It is Ministers responsibility to maintain updated payment information. Cancellation (Renouncing of Ordination) as stated must be in writing and made 90 days prior or before your anniversary date.
Upon acceptance of your ordination with the Universal Life Church World Headquarters, Inc., you agree that any other ordination you have with a respective organization becomes null and void, this includes documentation you may have on file with respected wedding authority offices. You agree to serve as a member of the clergy exclusively for the Universal Life Church World Headquarters and that prior to seeking ordination from another organization that you renounce your affiliation with the Universal Life Church World Headquarters, Inc. Furthermore it is understood that you nor any immediate family member are in any way involved with any organization that ordains followers of satan, atheists, pagans and etc. such as other churches even those who may use a similar name. Failure to do so will result in a minimum forfeiture of $5,000.00 and all costs associated with enforcement thereof.
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