Marriage Minister Ordination

My Path To A Marriage Minister Ordination

Marriage Minister Ordination

My name is Jacqui Miller living in Georgia, USA and I have a marriage minister ordination call. I was born and raised in London, England and I came to the States when I was 18 to study Fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In 1987, God blessed me with a wonderfully kind and loving husband, and we have two amazing sons.

I have been called to ministry several times over the years, but I was always reluctant to obey. I’ve since had many obstacles that have kept me distracted from my calling. The past several years I suffered from severe health challenges; including a kidney transplant in 2012 (which was donated my youngest son), ovarian cancer in 2015, and a month-long battle with E-coli in 2016. I’ve always had a nagging theory that my medical trials have come about because of my stubborn refusal to be obedient to God’s calling. In March 2018, I lost my job of 7 years, and in September 2018, my doctors discovered a large mass on my thyroid, so I had another surgery. The biopsy proved the mass to be benign: God is Good to me despite my many faults!

My family encouraged me not to return to work. My husband transformed one of our son’s bedrooms into an art studio for me, and I was very happy for the opportunity to stay home and focus on my art. I’ve been enjoying painting and even built an art gallery online, but the call to ministry surfaced again. This time I recognized that the calling has a real sense of urgency to it. It’s now or never, so here I am by God’s Mercy!

After much introspection and prayer, one area that I believe I can serve the Lord is through a marriage minister ordination. My husband and I have been married for over 30 years, and we’ve been through many trials and temptations. We have always agreed divorce would never be an option so when we run into difficulties we always go to the Lord together in prayer to solve our problem and maintain our unity. If we run into a serious challenge that we cannot solve by ourselves, we seek marriage counseling at our church. By the Lord’s loving grace, we are still very happily married today! I believe the Lord is using my three decades of marriage experience to put me to work as a marriage minister to serve couples with compassion and empathy before, during, and after their wedding day.

I set about praying and planning to make the vision of my ministry a reality. Rather than merely buying my ordination, I wanted to pursue biblical ministry training and a marriage minister ordination, because I wanted to follow the instruction of the Apostle Paul as written in 2 Timothy 2:15 which states “Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I have student loans for my sons that I’m currently paying, plus my high medical expenses, so I searched online to find the most affordable and credible ministry training out there. I am thankful that the Lord led me to Christian Leaders Institute. I’m able to study without being entrapped in further debt. I am incredibly grateful for their freemium model of education and appreciate the hybrid education concept of having a local mentor(s) to lend advice and support to students while they study online. It’s a great concept, and I look forward to being a lifelong learner at CLI and giving back as a Vision Partner.

Studying at CLI immediately opened my eyes to personal faults that I hadn’t accepted before. My husband said that I am a better person since starting my studies; I am much more patient and less likely to be defensive. Studying has also led me to analyze my motivation to become a minister, and in turn, clarified and expanded my vision. I’ve now added an NFP ministry to my spiritual dream, which will allow me to accept donations of used bridal gowns and accessories that I can then use to provide free bed-side wedding ceremonies for the terminally ill.

We all know life is fragile and we’re not promised a tomorrow so I would prefer to marry couples without the requirement of separate residences, and thus release them from the sin of fornication as quickly as possible. I’m confident that this is what the Holy Spirit is leading me to do, and I’m more than happy to develop an independent ministry for this purpose.

Regarding an official title for myself, I will be most comfortable being called a minister or an evangelist, which are both terms that people have mistakenly called me before.

I know there will be trials, but I am an overcomer in Christ. Please pray for me on my journey toward a marriage minister ordination. I also pray for God’s blessings on this school, President Reyenga, administrators, professors, mentors, and fellow students.

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