Frequently Asked Questions


Why join NRB?

The most compelling reason to join any group or association is to maximize your own organization and its influence on the industry. The opportunities to interact and network with others who share the same interests and concerns are invaluable and will contribute to your organization’s growth. The establishment of close relationships and visibility offers financial benefit, as most of us would willingly admit that we are most likely to do business with those we know well.

NRB's mission is three-fold: to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. It cannot be minimized that there is strength in numbers, and that it is much more difficult to defend principles and beliefs individually: “And if no one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands in not quickly torn apart” [Eccl. 4:12 NAS]. Join us as we work together to promote and preserve access for the dissemination of Christian media.


How does joining NRB benefit my organization?

NRB represents the rights and interests of Christian communicators by cultivating and maintaining vital relationships with elected and appointed officials in Washington, D.C. NRB’s government relations staff works to preserve religious freedom by keeping the doors of electronic media open for the spread of the Gospel. All employees within a member organization benefit from the full scope of benefits, including discounted registration to attend the annual NRB International Christian Media Convention & Exposition, invitations to summer members-only events and the opportunity to participate on committees that set NRB’s direction, as well as the education and training modules. Members are encouraged to submit nominations for the annual Media Awards, recognizing excellence in Christian communication through peer review. All members receive Inside NRB, the weekly e-newletter, keeping them up-to-date on current events. Members can submit free classified advertising on the NRB website, and receive other business benefits.


What is the difference between the Associate Member Application and Full Member Application?

NRB invites applications for Full Membership from all U.S. and international organizations who use radio, television and other forms of electronic media mass media for the dissemination of the Gospel. This application involves providing information about the program/ministry and three references. Full Member non-profit organization with broadcast-generated donated revenue and/or ministry expenses of $1,000,000 or more must also be a member of ECFA. NRB offers Associate Membership to product/service providers who support the work of broadcasters.


What is the difference between a Full Individual Membership and a Full Individual Professional Membership? 

A Full Individual Membership is available to applicants actively working in the field of Christian communication. The Full Individual Professional Membership is an enhanced level of Full Individual Membership. It is available to people who have successfully completed a professional training or educational program and have worked 5+ years in the field of Christian media. In addition to the standard Membership benefits, Individual Professional Members (IPMs) carry special Membership cards, and at Convention, they wear ribbons on their badges that set them apart. IPMs also commit to mentor other professionals (of their choice) or to serve in NRB leadership; specifically, they serve on Advisory Councils or, if elected, on Standing Committees. This also serves as a means of preparation for service on the Board of Directors (if not already a Board member).

At the annual Convention, with recommendations received by NRB Membership staff and forwarded to the Awards Committee for decision, the annual NRB Individual Professional Member Award is presented to one IPM who demonstrates the highest professional and ethical standards, extraordinary leadership in serving NRB, and excellence in mentoring fellow Christian media professionals. The award will be presented during the Annual Business Meeting, and the recipient will be featured in a press release and an NRB Today article.

IPMs are provided with an Individual Professional Member certificate and receive exclusive access to the NRB Job Board on LinkedIn – a unique one-stop hub for those seeking job opportunities at NRB Member organizations.

Both Full Individual Members and Full IPMs must subscribe to the association's Statement of Faith and Code of Ethics, agree to Christian arbitration for dispute resolution, and submit references as a part of their application process. Both classes of Membership are portable, i.e., the Membership travels with the person and is not tied to a particular Christian media organization.

Both classes of Membership allow an individual voice and vote at the NRB Annual Business Meeting. If either an Individual Member or an IPM is employed by a Christian organization that is also a Member, the individual has no voice or vote at the Annual Business Meeting, unless the individual has been designated as a delegate by the member organization.


How do I apply?

To obtain an application on-line, click here for an Associate Member Application and click here for a Full Member Application. You can also request to receive an application by email or via regular mail. The online version must be printed before you fill it out and send it back to us, because an original signature is required. Membership to NRB is not automatic. Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed for completeness and then is forwarded to the Membership Committee and then on to the Executive Committee for a decision. This process typically takes at least four to six weeks.


What is ECFA?

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. Founded in 1979, it is comprised of over 2,000 evangelical Christian organizations, which qualify for tax-exempt, nonprofit status and receive tax-deductible contributions to support their work. More information on ECFA is available at www.ecfa.org, or by calling at 540-535-0103.