Times are serious for churches and faith based organizations around the world. In America, we had let our guard down in a westernized ideology that God was somehow different here than the rest of the world; that evil would never invade our sanctuary.
The time for denial is gone; evil has invaded our sanctuaries and will continue to do so. It is time to take individual ministry readiness to the next level.
On October 18th, 2017, the IRS approved the Faith Based Security Network, Inc. (FBSN)as a 501(C)(3) public charity. The FBSN goes beyond individual preparedness as the first Christian based security association to bring together the people of all types and locations of ministries as a national connected network. Not only is the time of denial gone, but it’s time to stop being silos of information.
The FBSN is a non-profit member-owned organizationserving faith-based security and involved law-enforcement professionals with 5 services critical to strengthening faith based security.
The FBSN is a national network of local individuals and chapters. It is a framework for developing, advancing and connecting local professionals with those in their area and beyond.
There are many coalitions springing up across the U.S. The FBSN does not replace them, but rather connects them as chapters. The FBSN will assist new regions in chapter development, and allow individuals to tap into the national momentum and resources if there is no chapter in their area.
The FBSN collects data on operating budgets, team profiles, most common incidents and other measures to help teams compare operations and recognize normal in this relatively new movement of faith-based security.
Best Practices & Resources.
The FBSN collects best practice ideas from members, then forms them into one-page documents. Knowing what works well for others is the first step towards building a plan specific for any ministry. Knowing vetted and seasoned vendors and resources proven by others is an important step as well.
The FBSN works to develop and improve methods for discovery, documentation and dissemination of current threats. The faith-based safety coalition of Colorado Springs has done this since 2008 with many cases of success. FBSN operations are modeled on the successful methods of the Colorado Springs area pioneering partnership of law-enforcement and ministries.
The FBSN campaigns for legislation applicable to the safety and security operations of ministries. Some jurisdictions still have stiff laws requiring licensing that may work for large churches, but small churches with little or no funds are unduly burdened by the mandates. The FBSN cares about those small churches.
Please consider becoming a member of the FBSN. To do so, visit the membership page on this site.
Faith Based Security Network
The FBSN now has active members in the 37 states and Washington D.C.