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Your partner in keeping your church safe.

Background checks starting at only $12.

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With Shepherd’s Watch
You Can Count On:

Federally Compliant background checks (FCRA) from a trusted source.

Free Reverification on all criminal records.

Free E-Invite
permission form.

Integration with church management systems.

Automatic Invoicing for reports ordered. (You can choose to be invoiced or pay with a credit card!)

No Hidden Fees. That’s right—none.

Customer Service representatives familiar with church volunteer screening.


Program Options

Choose the Shepherd’s Watch Program That’s Right for You

Fees are a one-time set-up cost. No annual fees.

Plus

$79.99

(One-Time Fee)

  • Monthly Safety Newsletter

    Covering 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 Training

    Send these videos out to your team!
  • Articles and Forms

    Use these articles and forms for your staff and volunteers.
  • Spiritual Gifts Discovery Tool Online Gifts Discovery

    This easy-to-use online assessment tool allows your entire church to discover their own spiritual gifts and better understand how God has uniquely wired them to serve. learn more »

Basic

  • Monthly Safety Newsletter

    Covering 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 Training

    Send these videos out to your team!
  • Articles and Forms

    Use these articles and forms for your staff and volunteers.

Pricing Options

Reliable, Affordable, and Easy to Use

Report Options

Basic Starter

$12

Basic Plus

$26

Vehicle Plus

$26

All-Inclusive

$39

?Identity Verification

?Criminal Database Search

?Sex Offender Registry Search

?One County Court Record Search

?Motor Vehicle Record*

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*MVR not available in PA.

*New York charges a $65 fee for a county court search.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Background checks can reveal red flags for behaviors you need to know about. And should any sort of litigation ever emerge against your organization, you must show your due diligence in screening candidates, employees, and volunteers.

A number of industries—especially those that require the handling of other people’s personal and private information—require background screenings. These include the home healthcare, financial, and education industries among others. But even if your organization does not operate in or provide services to these industries, there are still enough crucial reasons to run them. Many insurance companies do require that background checks be performed when dealing with children, youth and at risk adults regardless of the law.

Yes, you do. If you want to order and review any kind of background check in order to determine somebody’s eligibility, you must ask their permission. We make this easy with an electronic consent/order form. We also provide a version you can printout.

You need the candidate’s full legal name (first name, middle names, and last name), full date of birth, and Social Security number. The Social Security number is used to verify the identity of the person being checked. A driver’s license number is needed to run a motor vehicle report.

The best option is to run a comprehensive background screening on your employees and volunteers at the point of hire and check annually after that. Hiring someone doesn’t mean that he or she won’t commit a crime in the future. Without a periodic check, you have no way of knowing if someone has been convicted unless the information is volunteered. It is important to check with your insurance company to see what they require.

If you intend to decline an employment applicant based on what was found in the background screening, you need to provide the applicant with at least two notifications, commonly known as the pre-adverse and adverse action letter. For more information on the pre-adverse and adverse action letter click here.

There are no monthly minimums, but we do ask churches to order at least one background check a year in order to keep their account active.

It all depends on what type of report you run.

  • NATIONAL CRIMINAL DATABASE – Instant
  • FEDERAL CRIMINAL RECORD – 24 Hours
  • NATIONAL SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY – 24 Hours
  • COUNTY CRIMINAL RECORD – 1-3 Days
  • STATE CRIMINAL RECORD – 1-3 Days
  • COUNTY CIVIL RECORD – 2-5 Days
  • MOTOR VEHICLE REPORT – Instant for 40 States; 1-10 Days for Other States

Contact Us

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877-446-3247
ShepherdsWatch@group.com

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