Benefits of NRB Membership

As the preeminent international association of Christian media professionals, NRB exists to serve our Members by advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech so that through you millions will hear, believe, and follow Jesus. As a result of your membership in NRB, you will gain creative, practical, and strategic training and support that will help you to utilize and maximize electronic media to reach the world for Christ.

Here are some of the significant ways in which NRB strengthens and supports your work:

International Christian Media Convention

  • As a Member of NRB, you will receive significant discounts on:
    • Convention registration
    • Exhibit space
    • Convention sponsorships
    • Convention specialty promotions
  • As a Convention attendee, you will have the opportunity to network with thousands of other professionals in the communications industry and gain publicity for you and your organization.
  • Nearly 200 exhibitors on our Exposition floor showcase what’s new and notable in the field of broadcasting services and ministry.

 Voting Privileges

  • Only NRB Members are allowed to attend NRB’s Annual Business Meeting and Full Members are able to vote for NRB Leadership. Through your participation, you determine who will help us continue to advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend free speech.

Business Related Benefits

  • Rate Discounts – NRB Member discounts on sponsorship opportunities, special promotions, and advertising in NRB publications save you money.

 Career/Employment Services

  • NRB website classified advertising as well as job announcement and resume postings on the Job Board at Convention are free to you as a Member.

 Networking

  • Networking with other Christian communicators in your industry (Radio, Television, Church Media, Digital Media, Film, International, and University Faculty) allows you to build relationships and skills that will advance your ministry.
  • The NRB Music Licensing Committee negotiates directly with industry and government agencies, meaning you, as an NRB Member, have an advantage.

 Education & Training

  • NRB Advisory Councils — Open forums allow you to give input into NRB educational offerings.
  • Convention programs offer intensive educational opportunities to help you stay on the cutting edge.
  • Only NRB Full Members can be elected to association leadership roles. Serving is a great way to refine leadership skills while serving the community.

 Special Opportunities

  • Annual Media Awards – The NRB Awards give you the opportunity to showcase your innovations and productions in broadcast and new media and to be recognized by industry professionals.
  • President’s Council - You have the opportunity to join the NRB’s President’s Council. The President’s Council comprises visionary NRB Members who express their support through additional commitments of time, support, and financial resources.  The benefits include in-person and electronic legal briefings about the issues that matter most to Christian communicators, an "insider's" summit in Washington, D.C., and an exclusive, by invitation-only reception at Convention.
  • Individual Professional Membership – If you have completed an educational program and served in the field of Christian communication for five or more years, you are eligible to apply for a Full Individual Professional Membership, an enhanced Full Individual Membership. As an Individual Professional Member, you receive all the benefits of Full Individual Membership, plus:
    • The opportunity to receive the Individual Professional Membership Award
    • The opportunity to impact the field of Christian communication through mentoring and service, a commitment required of Individual Professional Members

 Government Relations

  • Our Government Relations office represents your rights and interests in Washington, D.C., by maintaining important relationships with elected and appointed officials and by providing NRB Members access to those with influence and authority in government.
  • Among NRB's current legislative and regulatory priorities are:
    Charitable Giving, Fairness Doctrine, Federal Election Communications Protections, Internet Freedom, Must Carry and Spectrum Rights, Performance Tax, and Religious Freedom in the United States and around the world.

    You will be given direct access to legislative information on these and other issues that affect Christian media and your ministry.

Member Alerts

  • In addition to ongoing representation in and information from Washington, you benefit from important “Member Alerts.” While policymaking in the capital often seems to slowly inch along, Washington can have a very fluid environment and sometimes tidal waves of change can mount swiftly. When faced with a major development likely to affect the ministries of Christian communicators, count on a “Member Alert” to give you the information you need to make your voice heard by legislators and regulators.

E-Publications

  • NRB TODAY - The weekly NRB Today e-newsletter keeps you updated on the latest news from the association and our Member organizations. The newsletter also serves as a source for tips, trends, and insights relevant to Christian communicators across the spectrum.  Topics include audience building, branding business strategy, innovation, leadership, marketing, social media, and web strategy. NRB Today also features occasional columns, movie reviews, and product reviews.
    As an NRB Member, your organization/ministry can submit press releases for consideration and/or be highlighted in the publication to heighten your visibility. You also receive significant discounts when you advertise in NRB Today or the other publications.
  • NRB MEDIA SOURCE - NRB Media Source provides news and information to Christian communications professionals. The stories featured tackle today’s most relevant issues, gathered from sources like the Associated Press, the New York Times, Financial Times, and leading industry publications. NRB Media Source is conveniently delivered to your inbox.
  • FREEDOM TODAY - Straight from NRB’s Government Relations Office, the Freedom Today e-newsletter provides a D.C. insider’s look at current public policy issues of concern for Christian communicators. In particular, you receive coverage of happenings affecting access to electronic communications and the defense of First Amendment freedoms near and abroad. Whether the action is in Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, or elsewhere in the political arena, Freedom Today provides key news and commentary simply and succinctly while also laying out clear directions if you want to dig further into the details.

Resources

  • Ultimate Guide - NRB provides its Members with opportunities for business growth and expansion with the industry’s most comprehensive online resource, the NRB Ultimate Guide of Christian Media & Broadcasting. This convenient web-based tool, found at ultimatebroadcastersguide.com gives you the ability to cut out the clutter of a general search engine and find vendors that are specifically looking for your business.

Standing Committees

  • As a Full Member of NRB, you are eligible to serve on one of its NRB Standing Committees.

    NRB Standing Committees are established to advance the overall mission of NRB and to serve the unique interests of specific constituencies, particularly church media, digital media, film, intercollegiate, international, music licensing, radio, and television.

    The Standing Committees apprise NRB of trends and news in their respective fields, and new Standing Committees are formed as emerging technologies and outreach opportunities develop.

    Among the ways Standing Committees render valuable and helpful assistance to the NRB are:

    1. Developing educational and training opportunities made available through NRB Conventions and other venues.

    2. Identifying and developing specific Member benefits that will strengthen our Members’ ability to fulfill their ministry purpose.

    3. Evaluating industry developments, trends, and technologies that may impact our Members’ ability to fulfill their mission.

    4. Providing relevant news and information for inclusion in NRB communication devices to keep our Members informed on important matters.

For more information about these benefits, please email membership@nrb.org.

We need you in our association. "A cord of three strands is not easily broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12).