Request for Ordination
(Becoming a Minister in the Church of Faith)
The Church of Faith is a Christian based church, believing that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe that any individual either male or female has the right to serve our God.
As Jesus proclaimed and as is stated in John 15:16 in the New testament, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
There is no discrimination in this Scripture, therefore we do not discriminate in our ministry. We believe that women have the same right to be ordained as do men.
As a minister after ordination by the Church of Faith you can start your own church congregation (congregation agreement required), or even without a congregation you can officiate at weddings, you can conduct any religious ceremony.
Whether you are requesting your ordination to officiate a single ceremony for a family member or friend, or you are planning on starting a church or "business", your ordination grants you the full rights and privileges that any other minister or priest of any other religion has through their ordination. This is your right as a ordained minister, and it is protected in the United States Constitution under the First Amendment. Click this link to see the COURT RULING that made this all legal in this landmark case.
With your "License to Preach" and "Ordination Certificate" that will be granted to you as part of your Church of Faith Ordination, you will then be able to provide all types of religious services. You will be able to start a church, or form a congregation of the Church of Faith, as we have started the Church and you can simply join us as an independent congregation. You will also be able to start a wedding officiant service either as a full or part time business, you could even qualify for tax free status, and you can charge for your services accordingly.
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"Your Rights Protected for Religious Freedom"
There are two areas in our laws here in the United States that protect your rights regarding religious freedom the first would be the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States and the second would be a court ruling regarding Ordinations by Mail
So first let us visit exactly what the Constitution has to say about the subject:
What does it say about . . RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
COMMENT: This is the part of the Constitution which gives legality to all free expression of religion, including Ordination by Mail.
1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
COMMENT: This provision basically reinforced that States may not interfere with our Constitutionally protected freedoms, including our free expression of religion.
5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
COMMENT: Congress most recently used this authority and passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Now let us look at case law regarding ordination by mail or other means:
Ordination by Mail Ministry
United States of America
In 1974 a ministry which ordained people in a simple manner by mail, and by other means, sued the United States Government. This suit was brought by the Universal Life Church and a visionary minister by the name of Rev. Kirby J. Hensley. The suit was over taxes. However, when the Federal Judge ruled in the ministry's favor on taxes he also ruled on the legality of receiving ordination in a simple manner. We all owe this pioneer a debt of gratitude for his work against the government and the taxing authority thereof.
Here is part of the Federal Judge's decision concerning simple ordination and as a result of this Federal Judge's ruling ministries being started by mail ordained clergy (which includes internet ordinations also) have been flourishing both throughout the United States and other countries.
"The Court must then address itself to the defendant's second conclusion: that the ordination of ministers, the granting of church charters, and the issuance of Honorary Doctor of Divinity certificates by plaintiff are substantial activities which do not further any religious purpose. Certainly the ordination of ministers and the chartering of churches are accepted activities of religious organizations. The defendant impliedly admits that same on Page 5 of its Memorandum in Support of its Requested Instructions. 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. 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."
Yes folks it is true. Rev. Hensley took on the mighty IRS and won, and the victory was huge for all ministries herr in the United States. So we do all owe Rev. Hensley a huge debt of gratitude. Rev. Hensley was the founder of the Universal Life Church and he passed away on March 19, 1999 at the age of 87.