Keep Your Ministry Safe & Secure With
Shepherd’s WatchBackground ChecksTM
In today’s challenging environment, it’s critical to take steps to protect those in your church’s care. Properly screening your staff and volunteers is an important step in that process!
Shepherd’s Watch Background Checks is partnered with the leading global background check company, First Advantage. Because of our long-term partnership with First Advantage, we’re able to offer you best-in-class background checks at affordable prices.
Group has been serving churches for more than 45 years, and we’ve been offering background check services for more than 17 years. You can trust that we know your church’s needs and we understand the best ways to protect your church and those you serve.
When you choose Shepherd’s Watch you get…
Expertise from specialists at First Advantage who know background checks the best.
Easy- to-use electronic and mobile consent forms for your new-hire candidates and volunteers to easily enter their own personal information, saving you valuable time and resources.
Fast access and turnaround times. Register your account and start running background checks in 24 to 48 hours, with fast results. 93% of all U.S. Criminal Screens are completed in 1 day.
Peace of mind knowing you’re running your background checks through one of the most comprehensive databases in the world.
Steps to Get Started
It’s Easyto Get Started
- Purchase your Shepherd's Watch® Lifetime Membership — one-time fee; No annual costs!
- Activate your Shepherd's Watch® account with the leading global background check company, First Advantage. Once you have purchased your membership, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions on how to set up your account.
- Login to your Shepherd's Watch Background Check Account and choose from the background check packages below for each person you're screening. Use the E-Invite permissions form to keep the process confidential and secure.
Know the Facts
Not All Background Checksare Created Equal
Who you order your background checks from matters. One of the most common misconceptions is that all background check companies are pulling from the same set of data... this is not true!
Background check companies compile their own proprietary databases, which comprise city, county, and state records from across the country. It’s a complicated web of information, and not all cities, counties, and states provide their data in the same manner. Some are electronic, and some still rely on good ol’ paper and ink. This makes the process of retrieving data complicated and time- consuming for companies like First Advantage.
Because First Advantage is spread out across the nation, you can be confident they have one of the most comprehensive databases in the industry. Their proprietary National Criminal File searches millions of criminal records, with 6,000 to 8,000 new records added daily.
Your LifetimeMembership Includes...
Fees are a one-time setup cost. No annual fees.
Monthly Safety NewsletterCovering topics such as...how to avoid and spot child sexual abuse and safety basics for children, youth, and at-risk adults.
Videos for Volunteer Safety TrainingSend these videos out to your team!
Articles and FormsUse these articles and forms for your staff and volunteers.
Special Pricing on Expert Background ChecksBackground checks not included in membership fee.
Convenient online E-Invite systemKeeps information confidential and paperless at no added cost.
Reliable, Affordable, and Easy to Use
Background Check Packages
?Social Security Number Verification
?National Criminal Record File PLUS
Includes Department of Corrections, Administrative Office of Courts, Individual County Courts, State specific criminal record repositories, and sex offender registry within the state of residence.
?Felony and Misdemeanor
Up to two indexes at single courthouse.
Current county of residence, 1 name, 7 years deep at courthouse. Fees are included, except for NY.
?Motor Vehicle Check/Driving Record
Current state of residence. Access restricted in some states; requires state approval in some states. Fees are included.
? Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry
Because sex offenders can move from state to state, adding this check provides stronger due diligence.
Important note: The package rate covers the search for one name only, any additional aliases are $5 each in addition to the package charge.
Additional background check packages are also available, including Employment Packages (additional fees may apply). Click here for a full list of options.View All Background Check Packages
*These pricing packages are also available without the National Sex Offender Registry.
Our background check partner takes steps to ensure the confidentiality and security of the personal data submitted by applicants, including encryption methods.
Social Security Number Verification
Identifies any alerts or fraudulent activity associated with the candidate’s SSN. Also verifies their name and address history and generates a list of developed/other names/aliases (ex: maiden name) and addresses. This gives you the option to expand your search to include other names if desired.
National Criminal Record File PLUS
The National Criminal Record File PLUS is First Advantage’s proprietary database of more than 200 million criminal records gathered from across all 50 states and includes sex offender registries* from 48 states plus Washington, DC (excludes MA and NV). In addition, the PLUS file utilizes proprietary technology to search for names associated with the candidate’s Social Security Number. This helps uncover names not reported by the candidate and enhances the possibility of identifying unreported criminal records.
*This search includes the sex offender registry within the state the applicant lives. Excludes MA and NV. If you want to search an applicant’s name through the sex offender registries across all 50 states, you will want to order a package that includes the DOJ National Sex Offender database.
Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry Search
This is a manual search and costs $5 per name searched. The packages that contain this search include a single name search. If you choose to search other aliases, you will incur a $5 charge for each additional name. This search runs the applicant’s name through the DOJ National Sex Offender Public Registry which is a link against the 50 individual state maintained public sex offender registries, Puerto Rico and Guam*. This search will run the applicant’s name through ALL state public offender registries.
*NOTE: MA and NV require an additional form to be completed by your church/organization in order for these states to be included. Also note that each state public registry has a specific definition and laws regarding which crimes will require an offender to register.
County Felony and Misdemeanor
Searches the upper and lower court indices at the county seat courthouse. Both felony and misdemeanor indices will be searched as long as the records are maintained in that primary court. Approximately 80% of the time, this search will identify misdemeanors as well as felony records.
Motor Vehicle Check/Driving Record
Verifies the applicant’s type or class of driver’s license, any restrictions or violations, convictions and license revocations, automobile insurance cancellations, accidents, full name, and applicant’s address at the time of last license renewal. Availability of violation information varies by state, usually 3 or 7 years.
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