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Membership

Read the individual membership levels carefully. Application fees (for all but FBA members) are deductible as a charitable donation, BUT WILL NOT BE REFUNDED IF YOU FAIL THE CREDENTIAL CHECKS.

So please, read all the criteria closely for the level you are signing up for as a significant portion of the application fees go towards vetting activities and will not be refunded.

Please review the FBSN Code of Conduct (which ALL applicants must agree to) and the FBSN Statement of Faith (which all FBCL members must agree to).

The FBSN is dedicated to the safety and security of faith-based organizations by being an organized national network of security operators and law enforcement professionals serving those organizations.

PROFILE:

Those who are active (staff or volunteer) in safety or security operations at a faith-based organization or law-enforcement agency who wish to serve in a leadership role within a coalition or as a representative of the FBSN and their faith-based community. Includes pastors or other administrators with oversight of the organizational safety. FBCL members (once vetted) are eligible for all FBSN member benefits including management of Chapters and sensitive threat related information.

RIGHTS:

  1. Vote on national and local leadership
  2. Access to all benchmarking study releases
  3. Access to all best practice documents
  4. Leadership of local chapter (Coalition, Association, Alliance, Group)
  5. Management of and access to threat intelligence generated by the network or local chapter
  6. Contact information shared with all other FBSN members nationwide
  7. Will receive product and service discounts available to membership by FBA National partners

MEMBERSHIP DUES: $75.00 / YEAR.

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS:

Submits contact information for the FBO served (in a current safety or security role as a volunteer or employee) to be verified by the FBSN

Acknowledge alliance with, and agreement to, the FBSN Statement of Faith.

Acknowledge alliance with, and agreement to, the FBSN Code of Conduct.

APPROVED CREDENTIALS:

  1. Current Active Duty Law enforcement
  2. Current Active Duty Military
  3. Current LEOSA badge holder
  4. Current FBI / Infragard membership
  5. Current member of Global Entry
  6. Current U.S. Government issued security clearance
  7. Currently licensed (in security, private investigations or related professions)
  8. Submit to a background check if none of the above credentials are applicable

Service and credentials are re-verified each year on membership renewal date. Membership may be taken back to “pending” if or when the service or credential has expired.

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PROFILE:

Leaders, directors, supervisors of faith-based security operations, or pastors / administrators with oversight of the organizational safety. FBSL members (once vetted) are eligible for management of sensitive threat related information.

RIGHTS:

  1. Vote on national and local leadership
  2. Access to all benchmarking study releases
  3. Access to all best practice documents
  4. Participation in local chapter meetings or special events
  5. Management of and access to threat intelligence generated by the network or local chapter
  6. Contact information shared with all other FBSN members nationwide
  7. Will receive product and service discounts available to membership by FBA National partners

MEMBERSHIP DUES: $75.00 / YEAR.

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS:

Submits contact information for the FBO served (in a current safety or security leadership role as a volunteer or employee) to be verified by the FBSN.

Acknowledge alliance with, and agreement to, the FBSN Code of Conduct.

APPROVED CREDENTIALS:

  1. Current Active Duty Law enforcement
  2. Current Active Duty Military
  3. Current LEOSA badge holder
  4. Current FBI / Infragard membership
  5. Current member of Global Entry
  6. Current U.S. Government issued security clearance
  7. Currently licensed (in security, private investigations or related professions)
  8. Submit to a background check if none of the above credentials are applicable

Service and credentials are re-verified each year on membership renewal date. Membership may be taken back to “pending” if or when the service or credential has expired.

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PROFILE:

State or Federally certified peace officers currently employed by a law-enforcement agency of any type. READ CAREFULLY AGAIN: certified peace officers (with arrest authority) — this does not include chaplains, non-certified volunteers, etc — this is ACTIVE DUTY LAW-ENFORCEMENT officers. LEL members (once vetted) are eligible for all FBSN member rights including management of coalitions and sensitive threat related information.

RIGHTS:

  1. Vote on national and local leadership
  2. Access to all benchmarking study releases
  3. Access to all best practice documents
  4. Participation in local chapter meetings or special events
  5. Management of and access to threat intelligence generated by the network
  6. Can “opt-in” for contact information to be shared with all other FBSN members nationwide
  7. Will receive product and service discounts available to membership by FBA National partners

MEMBERSHIP DUES: $30.00 / YEAR

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS:

Submit a letter, e-mail or other document from the agency employed by, indicating that agency by letterhead or e-mail extension.

Acknowledge alliance with, and agreement to, the FBSN Code of Conduct.

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PROFILE:

Active members of faith-based organization security teams. Includes staff or volunteers with a role in the security or safety operations of the organization. FBSO members (once vetted) are eligible for all FBSN member rights except national level voting, management of coalitions and sensitive threat related information.

RIGHTS:

  1. Vote on local leadership
  2. Access to all benchmarking study releases
  3. Access to all best practice documents
  4. Participation in local chapter meetings or special events
  5. Access to threat information as may be decided by the local chapter
  6. Contact information shared with all other FBSN members (except LEL) nationwide
  7. Will receive product and service discounts available to membership by FBA National partners

MEMBERSHIP DUES: $75.00 / YEAR

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS:

Submit contact information for the FBO served (in a current safety or security role as a volunteer, employee or contractor) to be verified by the FBSN.

Evidence of service as listed above required each year on membership anniversary date. Membership may be taken back to “pending” if or when the service has expired. ​

Acknowledge alliance with, and agreement to, the FBSN Code of Conduct.

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PROFILE:

Representatives of products and / or services used by the faith-based security community.

RIGHTS:

  1. Vote on local leadership
  2. Access to all benchmarking study releases
  3. Access to all best practice documents
  4. Participation in local chapter meetings or special events
  5. Contact information shared with all other FBSN members (except LEL) nationwide

MEMBERSHIP DUES: $200.00 / YEAR

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Can be recommended by any active FBSN member in good standing
  2. Receives invitation and approval from the local chapter leaders, or the HQ Board to be a member
  3. Acknowledge alliance with, and agreement to, the FBSN Code of Conduct.
  4. All documents as listed above are required each year on membership anniversary date.
  5. No more than 25% of any local membership, or the FBSN membership as a whole can be FBA members

NOTE: FBA Memberships are by invitation only. For local level FBA applications, that invitation must come from the local chapter. For national level interest please write to INFO@FBSNAmerica.com and write, “FBA Membership” in the subject line. Then tell us a bit about yourself, give us your website and name the product(s) or service(s) you have to offer. Members of the FBSN will consider your interest and measure the availability of FBA memberships (limited to no more than 25% of the total membership).

So, why is FBSN membership different than any other church security group?

There are other fine groups to be a part of, but the FBSN stands apart for many reasons. To be an FBSN member is to be in a truly exceptional association. Consider the following:

  1. The FBSN is not only a 501(c)(3) non-profit, it is owned by the members.
  2. The members appoint a board of directors from the association to represent their interests.
  3. To have local, state and federal law-enforcement participation, and for maximum community safety, membership is not theologically exclusive.
  4. While membership is not theologically inclusive, national and local leadership would be best managed by consistency with the Christian beliefs of the founder, Board and membership majority. The FBSN is unashamedly Christian based.
  5. To maintain operational security (OPSEC), assurances are taken against infiltration by those seeking information for injurious intent or careless handling of threats and other sensitive information.
  6. While the affiliation of local coalitions (aka alliances, groups, associations etc.) is paramount, the FBSN does not take over existing coalitions. The FBSN is however a support structure for existing coalitions and those being developed.
  7. Some members and demographics will never operate with or as a coalition. So, membership in the FBSN does not require affiliation with any coalition.
  8. Most church security operators are volunteers, many of which are in churches with little or no security budgets. So, most dues would be paid out of pocket by volunteers already giving their time. When deciding the annual cost of memberships, this is the driving consideration.
  9. Volunteers often relocate to other regions or churches. This is especially true in regions where the volunteers are also active military. Due to this and the vetting of members, the membership is to the individual (not the organization).
  10. Approved members are then introduced into a password protected communication community where they can connect with each other individually or as groups of similar interests.

With these and other observances of the national landscape of church security, the Board of Directors developed the following solutions. These remain in place through the charter phase of the FBSN. Changes may need to be made as the association develops.

  1. Various membership levels were established, with most dues at $75.00 / year (or less).
  2. Membership dues qualify as a charitable donation.
  3. All members are vetted. While memberships are open to all faiths and law enforcement, members apply for membership. When membership dues, references and attachments are received, the membership is pending. Once the credentials have been verified, the membership becomes “active” or that membership is denied.
  4. Membership dues are not refundable in case of denial. Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider their membership credentials and references before submitting. If the applicant has reason to question their approval, that might be good reason to not send dues. The primary point of vetting is to confirm a member is who they claim to be and that they do in fact serve the ministry or agency they have listed.
  5. Memberships are to individuals, not to any group. If a member relocates to another church or region, their membership goes with them individually while qualifying them to participate in coalition activities in the new destination.
  6. While coalitions are encouraged to develop and operate in any area with or without connection to the FBSN through individual memberships, the FBSN provides a support structure for local level coalitions in many ways.
  7. The FBSN is working to develop active relationships with resources offering demonstrable discounts (similar to group or cooperative purchasing) to FBSN members. As the FBSN grows, more products and services will come on board for this important benefit.
  8. All members are required to agree to a code of conduct and supply references for membership.
    • Faith Based Coalition Leader (FBCL) members are those who are willing to participate in local coalition management and are active in the development, documentation and dissemination of sensitive threat information. FBCL applicants must also sign a Statement of Christian Faith and submit to additional background verification.
    • Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) members are qualified to participate in sensitive threat information by way of their law-enforcement credentials. NOTE: Though some applicants may be active duty law-enforcement, they may not have the backing of their agency for participation in the FBSN. When such is the case, but they serve a faith-based organization (FBO) in a safety or security role, they are eligible for a FBCL membership with their law-enforcement credentials as a recognized alternate credential.
    • Faith Based Security Leader (FBSL) members are those who serve in a leadership capacity of their ministry but may not have time to be an FBCL. They are still entitled to sensitive threat information, so they too submit to additional background verification.
    • Faith Based Security Operators (FBSO) may not have time to serve as an FBCL and may not need access to sensitive threat information. This level does not require the additional background verification but does still require the standard vetting.
    • Faith Based Security Associates (FBA). This is for those who provide a service or product of unquestionable need to the faith-based security endeavor. The FBSN will eventually be open to such members, but during the charter period this program is not yet active.

FBSN membership details are subject to change as improved methods may become apparent.