Christian Officiants

Christian officiants are making an impact for Christ! They do not slow down in their Christian ministry involvement. Some are trained as Christian officiants serving as volunteers or part-time service providers. Others are licensed or ordained ministers prioritizing a portion of their time to the work of officiating meaningful connections and covenants.

Christian officiants connect heaven and earth. This can be done informally or formally. It can be done unofficially or officially. There is also other ministering related to the events of officiating.

Christian wedding officiants are often asked to do basic pre-marriage counseling. Or, some Christian officiants specialize in the evangelist role. They proclaim the message of the gospel and formally assist any new respondents in saying the sinner’s prayer. Often, these Christian officiants will also form a discipleship relationship where they help the new convert grow in a walk with God.

Biblical Example:

Melchizedek, referenced in Genesis 14:18-20, illustrates one of the first officiant roles. Abram has just defeated his enemies. Abram is celebrating with the high priest of God Most High. They have a little ceremony. In the end, Abram gives Melchizedek a tenth of the victory plunder. Officiants are paid for official services. This supports their work. We read,

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.

And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Christian Leaders Alliance offers programs for Wedding Officiants and Ministers who will officiate on many occasions. The officiant is a service or ministry that is worthy of support!

What unofficial and official work do Christian officiants do?

The Christian officiant role is perfect for volunteer, part-time, or full-time active Christians seeking a minister role on the front lines of the kingdom.


Christian officiants are often asked to pray in public connected to the occasion of meetings. Christian officiants learn how to pray, connecting specific occasions with prayers that are appropriate for that occasion.


Christian officiants often specialize in different types of ceremonies. Here is where different levels of training and different credential expectation become relevant.

A wedding ceremony differs from officiating a worship service weekly at a church. We tend to want trained ministers officiating weekly worship services. Some denominations or traditions require specific credentials for conducting certain ceremonies.

Christian Leaders Institute offers thousands of hours of training to right-size Christian officiants with their specific calling to connect the God of the Bible with the human image bearers He has created. Click here to check out Christian Leaders Institute, enroll in a free account, and begin training.

Common ceremonies include weddings, funerals, baptisms, dedications, worship services, small groups (with a liturgy), exorcisms, and celebrations.


Ceremonies often include a message appropriate for the occasion.  At funerals, we often desire that some words of comfort are given. Often eulogies are shared. At the weekly worship service, the pastor often gives a message that inspires us to grow in the Lord.


Christian officiants connect people into covenants. A wedding ceremony has the exchanging of vows as a central feature. The vows establish the covenant of marriage. The vows open up consent for sexual relations and bind people into the marriage commitment.

Worship ministers officiate vows to worship God at a worship service and lay down our lives at the feet of Jesus. The formal occasion of worshipping inspires the informal welcoming of God in our lives during the week.
Some denominations have regular altar calls with people who are asked to consider vowing to Jesus their lives and to be born again.


Christian officiants make proclamations. Proclamations are similar to dedications but without the speaking of vows. A Christian businessman may call on a Christian officiant to come to a company occasion to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the (new) business location.


Christian officiants may be asked to pronounce blessings. These can be formal blessings at worship services, such as benedictions. The Christian officiant can be called on to offer God’s blessings on many different occasions. Christian officiants working in chaplaincy are often asked to bless all sorts of human endeavors.

Master of Ceremonies

Christian officiants are frequently asked to be masters of ceremonies. Being a confident and appropriate Master of Ceremony is highly prized as people want their events to reflect appropriate sentiments sprinkled in with uplifting humor.


The Christian officiant role is a ministry calling. This role is appropriate for volunteers who are asked to officiate a wedding for a loved one. This role suits part-time ministers who will be supported as they officiate weddings or work at their local church. This role fits a full-time minister supported by a church or ministry.

What are the Officiating Minister Roles?

The Christian Leaders Alliance includes over 4,000 credentialed clergy ministers. Each of these ministers can function in an officiating role. Christian Leaders Alliance has established five core minister roles. Each core role includes appropriate training and local endorsements.

Officiants – The Officiant program begins with training and credentialing to perform local weddings. This role is suited for a Christian leader who wants to operate a ministrybiz in their community. It is also for someone connected to a local church who is commissioned at that local church to serve couples who want to get married. A local ordained elder or deacon may want to be credentialed as a wedding officiant. The officiant must gather one recommendation.

Commended Ministers – The Commended Minister program consists of several mini-courses and complete courses that prepare a volunteer minister for fruitful service in a local church. These commissioned ministers have all the training of a wedding officiant and may want to serve as an officiant through this credentialing. Commissioned ministers must gather one recommendation. This program would be ideal for local elders and deacons.

Coaching Ministers – The Coaching Minister program comprises many ministry courses, coaching, and life coach training for ministry application. A coaching minister in a local church offers your church and community another way to help people live well in Christ. This program requires two recommendations. The Coaching Minister program also includes officiant training, so the coaching minister may also be called upon to perform weddings.

Licensed Ministers – The Licensed Minister program consists of a well-rounded program of ministry courses, including mini-courses and college-level courses. Licensed ministers are often considered for part-time employment in a local church. This program requires two recommendations. The licensed ministers are ministry trained to perform weddings as well as all the other Christian officiating needs.

Ordained Ministers – The Ordained Minister program has more extensive training in ministry, including more college-level ministry courses. Ordained ministers often become pastors and are employed part-time or full-time at local churches. This program requires the gathering of three recommendations. The Ordained ministers have extensive training in all officiating functions. An ordained minister at Christian Leaders Alliance is prepared and credentialed to serve as an officiant in many different settings.


Christian Leaders Officiants have access to over 30 specializations. This Christian Leaders Alliance Officiant Handbook will not go into the details of these roles. Click here to see the specialization roles.  These specializations include marriage topics concerning matchmaking, sex education, remarriage counseling, and healthy marriage. There are also specializations such as prayer and public speaking. Christian Leaders Alliance Officiants have many opportunities to grow and serve more effectively at a local church or community.

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