Ordination FAQ’s Is online Ordination Legal? Yes. It is just as legal as any other Ordination. In addition, you have the added protection of the fact that we are a Church that has a physical presence along with a cyber presence. We hold regularly scheduled services at a physical location as well as providing online services. We are not an online only Church. How is online ordination legal?
Is online Ordination Legal?
Yes. It is just as legal as any other Ordination. In addition, you have the added protection of the fact that we are a Church that has a physical presence along with a cyber presence. We hold regularly scheduled services at a physical location as well as providing online services. We are not an online only Church.
How is online ordination legal?
In 1974, The United States District Court for the Eastern District validated “mail-order” Ordinations in a case brought by The Universal Life Church against the United States (Universal Life Church, Inc. V United States of America, Case Number Civ. No. 1954)
In part, the final ruling in this case stated:
"Certainly the ordination of ministers and the chartering of churches are accepted activities of religious organizations... The fact that the plaintiff distributed ministers' credentials and Honorary Doctor of Divinity certificates is of no moment. Such activity may be analogized to mass conversions at a typical revival or religious crusade."
The portion of the Court’s Order in this case that validates Online Ordination states as follows:
"Neither this Court, nor any branch of this Government, will consider the merits or fallacies of a religion. Nor will the Court compare the beliefs, dogmas, and practices of a newly organized religion with those of an older, more established religion. Nor will the Court praise or condemn a religion, however excellent or fanatical or preposterous it may seem. WERE THE COURT TO DO SO, IT WOULD IMPINGE UPON THE GUARANTEES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT."
Even though The Universal Life Church is not a Christian Church, they performed a very valuable service to all Ministries that would come after them and wish to offer Ordination to those who request it.
Is my ordination valid from the time it is approved, even if I do not have a certificate?
Yes it is. Your Ordination is valid at the time it is entered into the master record here at the head offices of Pacific Life Church. Although your Ordination is valid at this time, We strongly suggest that you order the Ordination Certificate. There are two reasons for this. One is that we advise against attempting to register with the county clerk (if required) with just an e-mail (this applies if you reside in a state that requires registration). Also, some jurisdictions require a “Letter Of Good Standing” in order for you to be able to perform weddings. These must be ordered as the e-mail will not work for this purpose. Number two is lets face it, people like to see “official” documents. Your Ordination Certificate is suitable for framing and not only is it official, it looks official. Unlike some online Churches that offer Ordination, our certificates are signed by the Pastor/Ordaining Bishop, and his full legal name is printed under the signature. You will never receive an Ordination certificate from us with “Brother so & so” printed under the signature.
Will my Ordination be recognized by a Denomination?
Probably not. Each Denomination has its own set of rules, regulations and by-laws as to who is recognized as an Ordained Minister within their organization. This is why we only offer Non-Denominational Christian Ordinations. We will not Ordain you as a Catholic Priest, Or an Anglican Vicar or any other Denominational title. To do so would be a disservice to you and to our Brother and Sisters in Christ who subscribe to that Denomination. That said, there is nothing that prevents you from following whatever Denomination that you choose, and/or incorporating the practices of that Denomination into your Ministry. Just understand that your Ordination with us is Strictly Non-Denominational.
Is my Ordination verifiable?
Yes. Your Ordination is recorded in our permanent records, by electronic and in book form. Your Ordination will be verified upon written request via e-mail or postal mail. In addition to this, we will send a “Letter Of Good Standing” or other written document to an authority or person that you request us to send it to (postage and administrative fee may apply). Your privacy is of paramount concern to us, so your Ordination will only be verified with your permission unless we are required to do so by statute or court order. In extraordinary circumstances we will verify your Ordination by telephone, but only with your permission.
We hope this information has been helpful. We strive to keep current on all matters that effect you as a Minister, and will continue to update this page. We are planning to offer Congregational Charters, offering you a chance to form an autonomous Ministry and yet be affiliated with us. We also will also be establishing “satellite“ Churches in the very near future, and our vision is to have at least one in every state of the union.