The membership links for the Faith Based Security Network are active (scroll down). 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.

Following the membership joining links below are other details related to FBSN memberships. Immediately below the sign-up links following are 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.

So, why do we make membership so complicated (but so affordable)?

The FBSN is a brand-new effort. You are seeing Membership Criteria Version 1. Some of these may change, but in establishing criteria for FBSN memberships, several things were considered;

ONE) To have local, state and federal law-enforcement participation, and for maximum community safety, membership could not be theologically exclusive.

TWO) While membership must be theologically inclusive, national and local leadership would be best managed by consistency with the Christian beliefs of the founder, Board and membership majority.

THREE) To maintain operational security (OPSEC), assurances would be needed against infiltration by those seeking information for injurious intent or careless handling of sensitive information (Threat Intelligence).

FOUR) While the strength of the effort would be realized primarily through local coalitions (aka alliances, groups, associations etc.), the FBSN would not need to take over existing coalitions. The FBSN should however be of genuine support to existing coalitions and those being developed.

FIVE) Some members and demographics will never operate with or as a coalition. So, allowances would need to be made for FBSN memberships without affiliation to any coalition.

SIX) 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.

SEVEN) Volunteers often relocate to other regions or churches. This is especially true in regions where the volunteers are also active military.

 

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

 

ONE) Various membership levels were established, with most dues at $75.00 / year (or less) so the membership dues qualify as a charitable donation.

TWO) All members are vetted. While memberships are open to all faiths and law enforcement, members apply for membership. Once 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.

THREE) 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.

 

FOUR) 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.

 

FIVE) 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 financial and operational ways. Without a FBSN coalition, there is no avenue of support for associate memberships (see Faith-Based Security Associate, or “FBA” memberships described below). 50% of funds submitted from FBA memberships are available back to the local FBSN coalition for use in local programs and benefits.

SIX) The FBSN is working to develop active relationships with resources offering demonstrable discounts (some free with membership) to FBSN members. As the FBSN grows, more products and services will come on board for this important benefit.

SEVEN) All members are required to agree to a code of conduct and supply references for membership. Faith Based Coalition Leader (FBCL) members (as those who participate in local coalition management and are active in the development, documentation and dissemination of threat intelligence) must also sign a Statement of Christian Faith and submit to additional background verification. Law Enforcement Liaison members are qualified to participate in threat intelligence by way of their law-enforcement credentials. Faith Based Security Leader (FBSL) members (active in the development, documentation and dissemination of threat intelligence) must also submit to additional background verification.

EIGHT) 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.

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

                                               MEMBERSHIP DESCRIPTIONS, COSTS AND SIGN-UP LINKS

Faith-Based Chapter Leader (FBCL)

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 Christian 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. ​

 

Faith-Based Security Leader (FBSL)

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. ​

 

Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL)

PROFILE: State or Federally certified peace officers currently employed by a law-enforcement agency of any type. 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.

 
Faith-Based Security Operator (FBSO)

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.

 

Faith-Based Security Associate (FBA)

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).

 FBSN CODE OF CONDUCT

All Membership Level applicants must acknowledge agreement with the FBSN CODE OF CONDUCT) to be considered for membership.

                                Supporting my service to the FBSN, I agree to the following:

Practice precepts of service, integrity, accountability and honesty in all my duties.

Promote the advancement of professional safety operations in faith-based environments.

Support the education of members and the general public in a diligent, loyal, honest manner, and not knowingly be a part of any illegal or improper activities.

Serve in accordance with all local, state and federal laws.

Cooperate with others in the interchange of knowledge and ideas for mutual protection.

Use the resources and products of the FBSN for the service of the safety of our faith-based community.

Protect any and all information entrusted to me from public release in any way without prior approval of the leadership.

Maintain confidentiality, and prevent the use for competitive advantage at the expense of other members, of information obtained in the course of my involvement with FBSN, which includes but is not limited to:


      Information concerning the business of a fellow member or company.


      Information identified as proprietary, confidential or sensitive.

Protect and respect the privacy rights, civil rights, and physical and intellectual property rights of others.                                                                         




FBSN STATEMENT OF FAITH 

FBCL Membership Level applicants must acknowledge agreement with the FBSN STATEMENT OF FAITH and CODE OF CONDUCT to be considered for membership.

WE BELIEVE the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

WE BELIEVE there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

WE BELIEVE in the deity and humanity of Christ; in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.

WE BELIEVE that, for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.

WE BELIEVE in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.