The Universal Life Church is about religious freedom. Each person has the right and responsibility to determine what is right. Our only doctrine is "Do only that which is right."
We believe that the church merely documents your ordination, to be acceptable to the government. (John 15:16). In truth, the government has no authority to question your peaceful spiritual practices anyway to be a minister.
No regulatory power, whether created by a government or a church, will ever have any legitimate authority over those it purports to serve, other than that which comes from the individuals. As an adult individual, you are responsible for governing yourself, and as long as you do not infringe on the rights of others.
If you ask to be ordained as a minister, no church should refuse you ordination. How can they? What authority do they have to deny your ordination that has already been given? You are responsible for your actions as a minister, not the church. If you make a mockery of religion, then that is your religion.
Since everyone is already ordained, we are equal in matters of religion. If someone is called to serve their community as a minister, that is great, and their ministry can be evaluated by the good that they do. But regardless of how good they are as humans, they are not superior to you before God and should not be followed. They can preach, and you can listen, but evaluate what they say and reject that which does not resonate with what you know to be true in your heart.
Some people who become ministers do so as a joke, or to prove a point. Interestingly enough, many of these same people find that the experience changes them and they go on to have sincere and meaningful ministries.
The Universal Life Church will ordain those who ask, without cost, for life, and without question of faith. It is not your ordination or the piece of paper, which makes you a minister. It is your activity that makes you a minister.
How they act, what they do. It is not for we humans to judge their hearts or the sincerity of their calling, or their ability to be effective as ministers. As many churches do this and end up prohibiting many good and decent people from following the calling of their hearts. Some churches even will not permit women to be ordained.
Others require advanced "training", which can unduly effect their thinking. Most churches require ministers to adhere to the church doctrines, even when they have been convicted that the doctrine is in error.
Our doctrine is not in conflict with any peaceful belief system, so it is not a problem. People can and do; belong to our church as well as any other, and many of our ministers are also ministers of other, more traditional churches.