Online Ordination Program

Program overview and curriculum

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.

What do I do next?

  • Become a Candidate

    Click the red "Become a Candidate" button below to register as a Candidate. This will create an account on this website and enroll you in the online course. The cost to register as a candidate is $149.

  • Complete The Course

    The online course has ten lessons, a 50 question final exam, followed by a background check and a requirement for a Letter of Approval. Scroll down to see the detailed course curriculum.

  • Keep Learning!

    Ordination must be renewed annually. To renew, you must complete a one hour elective course that will let you continue to deepen and enrich your Satanic learning. The cost to register for renewal is $59.

Quick Q&A

Here is a small selection of some common questions asked about the program. Please check out the Ordination Standards and our comprehensive Ordination FAQ for more details.

  • If I'm not granted ordained status, do I get a refund?

    No. There are costs associated with the maintenance of the online program and the processing of each candidate, regardless of whether that candidate successfully completes the program. The application fee covers those costs. We provide this FAQ and the Ordination Standards so that you will know in detail what will be required before you register, and can make an informed decision about whether you are ready to pursue ordination through The Satanic Temple at this time.

  • Are there any surprise (hidden) fees?

    No. The registration fee covers the coursework, the exam, and the background check. After you are ordained you have the option of purchasing items at the Minister Supplies Store, but you are not required to make these purchases in order to become ordained.

  • How is the coursework administered?

    It is an online course that you will access through this website once you enroll as a Candidate. You'll be guided through a set of lessons, each one consisting of some lecture videos to watch and a quiz to take. The final exam will also be administered online. We have partnered with Brillium, an online assessment platform used by educational institutions and professional certification programs.

  • How long do I have to complete the program?

    Candidates have 90 days from their day of registration to complete the program, including the Background Check and Letter of Approval. Before you register, you should make sure you have at least 20 hours to dedicate to the ordination program over the span of 90 days from registration, to ensure the best chance of success. Leave enough time to allow for unexpected circumstances, including: needing to retake the final exam several times, needing to discuss the results of your background check with a member of the Ordination Council, and accommodating the schedule of the Chapter Leader who has agreed to write your Letter of Approval.

  • I absorb information slowly. Will I be able to rewatch the videos before the test?

    Yes. You may rewatch the videos as many times as you like. You will also have the opportunity to retake the final exam up to three times. If you do not pass the exam after the first attempt, you will be allowed to review the videos before you take the final exam again.

  • I am bad at taking tests. Are there any other options available without a test?

    At this time there is no alternative curriculum available. Please understand that some form of assessment is necessary to ensure that candidates have the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge required of ordained membership.

  • If I fail the test, can I get a refund?

    No. You are paying to register for the course, not to receive ordination. Think of it as similar to paying to attend a university: you pay to take the class, not to get a degree.

  • I have a disability that prevents me from making use of the online instructional material for the required coursework. What alternative learning materials are available?

    All of the video lectures in the ordination coursework have accompanying transcripts. The visual component of the video lectures is helpful but not critical to understanding the material or passing the quizzes or exam. Reading material, instructions, and quizzes and the exam should all function well with screen reader software. If you have any other disability-related questions or concerns, please contact the Ordination Council for more information.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1: What is Satanism?

    • Abstract
    • 1.1: Overview
    • 1.2: Enlightenment
    • 1.3: Your Journey
    • Lesson 1 Quiz
    • Reflection
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5

    Lesson 5: Cults and Theocracies

    • Abstract
    • 5.1: New Religious Movements
    • 5.2: Case Studies
    • 5.3: Theocracy
    • Lesson 5 Quiz
    • Reflection
  • 6

    Lesson 6: Modern Satanism

    • Abstract
    • 6.1: Proto-Satanism
    • 6.2: Classical Satanism
    • 6.3: Contemporary Satanism
    • Lesson 6 Quiz
    • Reflection
  • 7

    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
  • 8

    Lesson 8: The Satanic Panic

    • Abstract
    • 8.1: Overview
    • 8.2: Case Studies
    • 8.3: ISSTD and MPD
    • Lesson 8 Quiz
    • Reflection
  • 9

    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
  • 10

    Lesson 10: Satanic Ministry

    • Lesson Abstract
    • 10.1: The Purpose of Ministry
    • 10.2: Rituals and Ceremonies
    • 10.3: Creating Communiy
    • Lesson 10 Quiz
    • Reflection
  • 11

    Final Exam

    • How To Prepare
    • Exam
  • 12

    Final Steps

    • Letter of Approval
    • Background Check
    • Personal Reflection Essay