Ordination Process by Denomination

Ordination is required by many denominations* for specific types of ministry, such as parish (pastoral) ministry and administration of sacraments, among others. Being ordained is also a benefit (though not necessarily required) in many other career choices, such as chaplaincy, faith-rooted organizing, or practitioner-based academia. Although Union does not ordain students, we do support the ordination process through our curriculum, field education, and affiliations with denominations and organizations.

The following section provides an overview of the ordination process for several denominations and traditions, along with links to the denominational websites. 

Click here for one document with overviews of the ordination process and requirements for each of the following denominations: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church.

Click here for a table that groups denominations by ordination requirement.

*Not all religious bodies require ordination. Some use a process called endorsement. A seminary education generally improves career opportunities, regardless of denominational requirements for ordination.

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