Online Ordination Program

Ordination is the act by which our church delegates a wide range of ministerial functions and responsibilities to qualified persons who have demonstrated a connection to our community and a deep and passionate understanding of the beliefs, values, and goals of The Satanic Temple. The purpose of this program is to allow candidates to demonstrate, in a consistent and rigorous way, that they have a deep understanding of our beliefs, history, and organization, and that they have a strong and positive connection to our community.

Registration for this program is by invitation only. Talk to your Congregation Head, Campaign Director, or some other ordained member of leadership in The Satanic Temple to find out more about how to receive an invitation to register.

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If you are not currently eligible to register for the full ordination program, consider registering for the Non-Ordination (Coursework Only) program as a way to get started. If you want to start preparing before you sign up for either course, download the Coursework Study Guide and start looking over the material.

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The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has quick answers to the most common questions about the program. However, you should also read the Ordination Standards from start to finish at least once, so that you fully understand the prerequisites for registration, the requirements to successfully become ordained by The Satanic Temple, and the rights and responsibilities of being an ordained Minister of Satan.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1: What is Satanism?

    • Abstract
    • 1.1: Overview
    • 1.2: Enlightenment
    • 1.3: The Journey
    • Lesson 1 Quiz
    • Reflection 1
  • 2

    Lesson 2: Heretics, Outgroups, and Witch-Hunts

    • Abstract
    • 2.1: Early Religious Persecution
    • 2.2: Hunting Witches
    • 2.3: Modern Conspiracy Theory
    • Lesson 2 Quiz
    • Reflection 2
  • 3

    Lesson 3: Enlightenment, Science, and Democracy

    • Abstract
    • 3.1: The Scientific Revolution
    • 3.2: Philosophy of Science
    • 3.3: Democracy and Science
    • Lesson 3 Quiz
    • Reflection 3
  • 4

    Lesson 4: The Life of Satan

    • Abstract
    • 4.1: Mythological Satan
    • 4.2: Literary Satan
    • 4.3: Revolt of the Angels
    • Lesson 4 Quiz
    • Reflection 4
  • 5

    Lesson 6: Modern Satanism

    • Abstract
    • 6.1: Proto-Satanism
    • 6.2: Classical Satanism
    • 6.3: Contemporary Satanism
    • Lesson 6 Quiz
    • Reflection 6
  • 6

    Lesson 7: Culture War, Violence, and the Undoing

    • Abstract
    • 7.1: "Progress"
    • 7.2: The Evangelical Movement
    • 7.3: Culture War
    • Lesson 7 Quiz
    • Reflection 7
  • 7

    Lesson 8: The Satanic Panic

    • Abstract
    • 8.1: Overview
    • 8.2: Case Studies
    • 8.3: ISSTD and MPD
    • Lesson 8 Quiz
    • Reflection 8
  • 8

    Lesson 9: The Satanic Temple

    • Abstract
    • 9.1: Structure of TST
    • 9.2: History of TST
    • 9.3: Philosophy of TST
    • Lesson 9 Quiz
    • Reflection 9
  • 9

    Lesson 10: Satanic Ministry

    • Abstract
    • 10.1: The Roles of the Minister
    • 10.2: Rituals and Ceremonies
    • 10.3: Creating Community
    • Lesson 10 Quiz
    • Reflection 10
  • 10

    Final Exam

    • How To Prepare
    • Exam
  • 11

    Final Steps

    • Letter of Approval
    • Background Check
    • Ministerial Self-Development Essay