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…
- Quality and affordable background checks starting at just $9 from the leading background check company in the world. First Advantage is FCRA compliant and accredited with the PBSA.
- 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.
Our background check provider will re-verify (double-check) any criminal record hits from the national database AT NO COST before a report is sent to you, ensuring you are compliant with FCRA (Federal Credit Report Act). This is done with each hit found on a background check, but is not an ongoing process.
We got rid of the hassle of filling out paper forms, doing data entry, and the headache of storing paper consent forms in a secure place. You can now send your prospects and volunteers an easy electronic invite that includes an online consent form. This allows for volunteers to submit their own information and e-sign the release form, avoiding unnecessary personal data exposure and making it easier on you.
Shepherd’s Watch allows you to integrate your background check reports in your church management system, keeping all important information in one place. (Currently integrated with Fellowship Technologies/Active Network, and CCB.)
You can choose to be invoiced or pay with a credit card!
It’s Easy to 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 records in 48 states plus Washington DC (excludes MA and NV unless for approved permissible purposes).
?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.
Education Verification Highest Degree
Additional institutions can be added a la carte
*Additional packages also available. Click here for a full list of options.
**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. 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.
Our background check partner takes steps to ensure the confidentiality and security of the personal data submitted by applicants, including encryption methods.
Our background check partner verifies personal identifying information provided on an application such as name, current address, Social Security Number, and previous addresses or aliases in order to establish a person’s unique identity and to help ensure the applicant represents him or herself truthfully. Our background check provider facilitates comprehensive criminal record searches by automatically matching the applicant’s current and previous addresses with the appropriate counties and federal jurisdictions.
Criminal Database Search
The national criminal database search comprises a search of the Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections, Administrative Office of the Courts, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Department of Criminal Justice files and records, where available. Criminal records surfaced from the data search are verified for accuracy.
Sex Offender Registry Search
Our background checks go a step further with a review and check of the list of registered sex offenders.
One County Court Record Search
The county criminal court check uncovers court records at the county level, including felony and misdemeanor records from the upper and lower courts if both are located at the same address.
Motor Vehicle Record
Check to see if your candidate has a valid driver’s license and a clean driving history. (This report is not available in PA.)
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