What Are the Requirements to Become a Texas Minister?

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Texas does not require ministers to have a state- or locally-issued license. However, the state recognizes ordination or licensing through whichever denomination the person hopes to serve and requires such active credentials to be used to officiate weddings and funerals.

Each denomination has a different set of requirements for ordination, including education and service experience. Many require a bachelor's degree or a Master of Divinity degree to perform the duties of a minister. Some denominations offer graduate-level ministerial training through a seminary that focuses solely on that denomination's core beliefs. There are several seminaries and colleges in Texas that offer these programs, although many churches accept degrees from schools in other states.

Once the appropriate education is obtained, the next step is to serve in an entry-level position, such as an assistant or associate minister. This allows the candidate to be mentored by an experienced minister. Another option is to take a lead minister position at a small church. In Texas, ordination and licensing is provided by the church for which the minister works. If the minister leaves the church or loses his licensing for any reason, he must obtain an active license from another church to officiate a wedding or a funeral, or he may face misdemeanor charges.