Become a Credentialed Leader

Ordained Unity Minister   *   Licensed Unity Teacher

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Unity Ministerial Paths

One of Unity’s core teachings is that we are each an individualized expression of God. We honor this individuality through a diversity of ministerial paths. All paths are designed to call forth the same standards of ministerial excellence.  Review the standards and learning rubrics here.  

Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute (UWSI)

Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute’s Ministerial and Religious Studies (M&RS) program offers a convenient, affordable, in-depthLetGetStarted spiritual education to guide you to credentialing as a Unity minister. This interactive online courses use current research to build your knowledge and skills in all aspects of ministry, while the rich experience of the instructors and your peers will nurture and inspire you on your journey.

Unity Urban Ministerial School 

Unity Urban Ministerial School (UUMS) offers a graduate-level online academic program with an emphasis on transforming communities, face-to-face and virtual connections, and a 9-month, mentor-guided internship. For more information about UUMS and the graduate-level online program, contact info@uums.org. Visit the website here.

International | Unity Worldwide Ministries

Unity has a number of International Schools that guide individuals in other countries through the process of becoming a Unity minister.  All programs are in alignment with UWM credentialing requirements and may lead to ordination by Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT)

The path to becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher begins with a commitment to serving Unity as a specialist in Adult Education.  To prepare yourself, you will need to take the prerequisite courses listed below. Once you have completed the required courses, you are ready to begin the journey.  Admissions begins with completing the Credentialed Leaders application. Be sure to read and review PREPARATION FOR STARTING THE APPLICATION PROCESS DOCUMENT.   Application schedules/timelines are below.  Our Credentialing department will walk you through the process of application review and schedule and conduct admissions interviews.  Interviews will result in a letter of acceptance or redirection.  After being accepted, course work will include a combination of Leadership course work and Practicum requirements.  Candidates will complete their LUT journey with an online Skills Demonstration Seminar (SDS).  The entire process, after prerequisites, can take as little as one year.  Contact the Credentialing department if you have other questions.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites are courses required to be successfully completed prior to starting a Credentialing Program.  Use the buttons below to view lists of required courses based on the program and school or your choice.  Each list includes a link to the school's registration page. 

The 22 required courses are:

Spiritual Studies

  • Overview: Hebrew Scriptures
  • Bible Interpretation: Hebrew Scriptures
  • Overview: Christian Scriptures
  • Bible Interpretation: Acts-Revelation

Historical and Theological Studies

  • Foundation of Unity
  • Metaphysics 1
  • Healing and Wholeness
  • Metaphysics 2
  • History of New Thought and Unity
  • Metaphysics 3
  • Twelve Powers
  • Metaphysics 4
  • Prosperity

Spiritual Personal Development

  • Conversation Skills
  • The I of the Storm
  • Discerning Your Purpose
  • Self-Awareness
  • Meditation Practices
  • Self-Care
  • Unity Prayer
  • Jesus' Teachings

18 Prerequisite courses must be taken before applying for a ministerial path.  These courses may be obtained through UWSI, UUMS or a Unity center.  These courses are:

Spiritual Studies

  • Overview: Hebrew Scriptures
  • Bible Interpretation: Hebrew Scriptures
  • Overview: Christian Scriptures
  • Bible Interpretation: Acts-Revelation

Historical and Theological Studies

  • Foundations of Unity
  • Healing and Wholeness*
  • History of New Thought and Unity
  • Twelve Powers*
  • Prosperity
  • The Christ
  • Jesus' Teachings
  • Metaphysics 1
  • Metaphysics 2
  • Metaphysics 3
  • Metaphysics 4

Spiritual Personal Development

  • Self-Awareness
  • Meditation Practices*
  • Unity Prayer*

*If you have taken these courses more than 10 years ago, it may be possible to obtain equivalencies for these courses. To learn more, please contact Credentialing Coordinator, Rev. Lynn O'Dell.

18 Prerequisite courses must be taken before applying for a ministerial path.  These courses may be obtained through UWSI, UUMS or a Unity center.  These courses are:

Spiritual Studies

  • Overview: Hebrew Scriptures
  • Bible Interpretation: Hebrew Scriptures
  • Overview: Christian Scriptures
  • Bible Interpretation: Acts-Revelation

Historical and Theological Studies

  • Foundations of Unity
  • Healing and Wholeness*
  • History of New Thought and Unity
  • Twelve Powers*
  • Prosperity
  • The Christ
  • Jesus' Teachings
  • Metaphysics 1
  • Metaphysics 2
  • Metaphysics 3
  • Metaphysics 4

Spiritual Personal Development

  • Self-Awareness
  • Meditation Practices*
  • Unity Prayer*

*If you have taken these courses more than 10 years ago, it may be possible to obtain equivalencies for these courses. To learn more, please contact Credentialing Coordinator, Rev. Lynn O'Dell.

To help you prepare for the application process you will want to do the following:

  • Make note of the investment of both time and finances with the following requirements. The initial application fee of $300 will be required to complete the application.
  • If an applicant is invited to participate in the Admissions Interview Week they must be prepared for:
    • An additional fee of $750
    • Completion of a psychological assessments
    • Completion of a background check
    • Required attendance at one of the “All About Admissions” virtual information sessions.
    • Completion of a written credentialing path assessment test
    • Required availability of the full Admissions Interview Week until a final schedule has been posted.  

 

  • As you complete the application to the Credentialing Path there are several documents you will need to upload. Please gather the following documents before beginning the application form:
    • Redirection letter(s) if you have previously been redirected from either the Ministry Path or Licensed Unity Teacher Path
    • Copy of any police reports
    • Transcripts from UUMS and/or UWSI

 

  • References. We highly recommend you contact the individuals you plan to list for your references to ensure they are able and willing to complete the reference form.  Inform them an email will be arriving from Unity Worldwide Ministries directing them to complete the reference form. We also recommend you contact them again after you have submitted the application to let them know to watch for the reference form and to check their junk/spam folder.
    • Required References include:
      • Every Unity minister or spiritual leader that the applicant has served within the last five years.  Applicants must have at least 2 Unity minister referrals, and no more than 4.   
      • One layperson in the applicants’ current Unity ministry. This person could be a board member, licensed Unity teacher, office manager, etc. 
      • One from a non-Unity professional in the applicant’s community who has seen the applicant exhibit leadership skill. ​​​​​​​

 

  • Finally, as a point of Spiritual Practice, take a moment to center yourself and affirm Divine Order in this application process.

Application

After you complete your prerequisites, the next step to becoming a credentialed leader is to complete the Credentialed Leaders Program Application.

Before you get started, we recommend you watch this short tutorial on our application process - VIEW TUTORIAL

All applicants are required to have or create an account to complete and submit your application.  Keep your user name and password handy so that you can "save a draft" and return to complete your submission (note: you must click 'save draft' at the bottom of the page in order to save; the form will not 'auto-save').

  • LOGIN HERE (If you already have a user name and password)
  • CREATE AN ACCOUNT (New users only - an email will be sent to you)
  • RESET YOUR PASSWORD (if your email has been used previously, you can reset your password.
  • LOGOUT (Be sure to log out once you have saved your draft or submitted your application)

We have one admission process for all US-based credentialing paths: Licensed Unity Teacher and Ministerial Path.  There are two admissions cycles each year - interviews occur in March and in August.  The specifics of this process are outlined below: 

Contacting Unity Worldwide Ministries' Credentialing Department

For more information about becoming a Unity Credentialed Leader, please contact Rev. Lynn O'Dell, Credentialing Coordinator, at Unity Worldwide Ministries, 816.434.6843 (direct). Address is Unity Worldwide Ministries, 200 Unity Circle North, Suite A, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.

 

Updating Your Contact Information

You are required to inform us when you have a change in any of the following: address, phone number, email address, name change, change of sponsoring minister or change in sponsoring ministry. Please send this information directly to UWM's Credentialing department administrative assistant, Denise Boehm.