If you want to know how to become a legally ordained minister, the American Fellowship Church website is definitely a resource for you.
Welcome to The American Fellowship Church
First, you can become ordained. Men and women who are not able or don't wish to become ordained through traditional paths such as seminary study, will find our path to ordination a real alternative and an easy one to follow.
While it is impossible to determine each person's reason for wanting to become ordained, we have chosen 3 major reasons visitors come to our website. It is our hope that of these 3 categories below, one may quickly take you to what you are seeking:
I am visiting the site because I am getting married and am looking for a way for a friend or relative to perform my wedding ceremony / officiate.
I found your site because I am interested in becoming ordained to perform / officiate a ceremony for a friend or relative.
I feel called on to strengthen my spiritual relationship, or become a minister and I would like to know more about being an ordained minister. If this is the case read on...
Furthermore, in addition to ordination the American Fellowship Church can provide you with spirituality information and materials which you can use to enhance your well-being and assist your desire to serve God to the best of your ability, once you are ordained as a minister.
Ordination and your religious freedom
People want to become ordained in our church for almost as many different reasons as there are people. Fortunately, the constitutional separation of church and state in the United States allows for a degree of freedom for spiritual growth and religious expression.
We ordain both men and women as ministers
The American Fellowship Church welcomes and ordains women and men into the ministry.
What does this mean for you?
The American Fellowship Church will never try to force you to accept any beliefs other than your own. However, we do suggest that spiritual growth and development take place more steadily if we eat good food, obtain proper exercise, pray/meditate and find satisfying work.
How the church began...
The American Fellowship Church was founded by Theodore H. Swenson.
Rev. Swenson is a former Dean of Students at the University of California. He had wanted to become an ordained minister since he was a youth but he was not able to find the right connection to make that happen.
In short, he resigned his position with the University and, in 1975, he organized the non-denominational American Fellowship Church. In the course of setting up the Church, he learned how to help others who wanted to become legally ordained.
About Ordination and ministry
To begin with, it is not necessary to study to become ordained with our Church. Instead, we rely on your good will and the experience you have already gained during your lifetime.
Conduct Church Services such as:
Finally, you may also serve in any other appropriate way, including open door outreach ministries and regular church services.