Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to your questions about the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers and its ministry
We'll gladly answer any question you might have, but there’s a good chance someone else has already asked it. We've compiled some of the more common questions below. If you still can't find the answer you're looking for, please click here to contact us.
What is the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA?
The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA (FCPO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Christian ministry to the men and women across the nation serving in law enforcement. FCPO challenges and equips law enforcement officers to be powerful, effective disciples of Jesus Christ.
How does FCPO differ from other Christian organizations?
The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA's primary distinction from other Christian organizations is our focus on ministering to the men and women in the law enforcement community across the United States. There is no other organization offering the resources and opportunities for spiritual growth to officers nationwide that FCPO does.
Do FCPO members pay dues?
Not in the traditional sense. FCPO-USA asks new membership applicants to commit to a gift to the national ministry of $10.00 monthly or $100.00 yearly. Many officers are trying to pay the rent and feed their families on a relatively small salary, in addition to paying dues to police unions, benevolence associations, etc. We don't want FCPO membership to be a financial burden to anyone, and almost everyone can afford $10 per month. These membership donations are used to defray the expenses of the national office providing ministry support (staff, equipment, and materials) to the many local chapters across the U.S. Although additional donations from members are certainly welcomed, no other fees are required.
How, then, does FCPO receive adequate funding?
FCPO is a faith ministry, meaning we rely primarily on the generous monthly pledges and one-time gifts of our supporters to meet expenses. Your financial partnership is an eternal investment, enabling the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA to minister to thousands of men and women in the law enforcement community across the nation.
What do FCPO members do?
Through local chapters across the U.S. and the resources FCPO provides, members are given opportunities for fellowship, Bible study, service, and discipleship, learning to:
- provide support and encouragement to other Christian officers
- become more effective witnesses for Christ to those around them
- disciple and train others to join with them in carrying out the Great Commission
What about spouses of peace officers?
FCPO-USA welcomes spouses of peace officers to join as associate members. Associate members receive all benefits and resources that regular members enjoy. Associate membership is a great way for a spouse to demonstrate their support of Christians in law enforcement and join in their officer's commitment to this ministry. Additionally, we have and can refer you to resources especially for spouses.
Is FCPO-Canada part of your organization?
FCPO-Canada is a separate entity, although we do occasionally partner together on specific projects. Founded in 1983, FCPO-Canada reaches out to officers across the provinces of Canada with the love of Jesus Christ. You may visit their website at fcpocanada.com
Do you partner with any other organizations?
Yes. FCPO-USA maintains strategic partnerships with other reputable organizations in order to combine forces and resources to reach common goals. The core of these partnerships is a scriptural foundation, and a love for the law enforcement community. Through cooperative arrangements with like-minded individuals and organizations, God has enriched our fellowship, expanded our “reach,” and meaningfully touched thousands of lives.
What is the symbolism of the FCPO logo?
The FCPO logo is in the form of a circle, which indicates Christ's never ending love for us. In the center is an open Bible, representing God's Word. Above it is a ray of gold, signifying Heaven. The colors surrounding it (and their meaning) are:
- Red, which stands for Christ's blood shed on the cross;
- White, showing what happens to our sin when covered by His blood;
- Blue, indicating the waters of baptism;
- Green, denoting new life in Christ and growth in Him;
- Yellow, for Heaven and the streets of gold.
Do you sell FCPO merchandise?
This is one of the most common questions we are asked. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we cannot sell merchandise (t-shirts, caps, mugs, etc.) from the national home office. However, one of our members has created an online store which has a large variety of authorized FCPO branded apparel, accessories, and other merchandise at very reasonable prices. You can click here to visit his online store. In addition to the items in the collection, custom items can be designed specifically for you and/or your local chapter, if desired. (Note: FCPO-USA receives no monetary funds from the sale of FCPO branded merchandise.)
I don't work in law enforcement. Can I be involved with FCPO?
Absolutely! We need your help getting the word out about this ministry. If you have a heart for the spiritual, physical, and emotional well being of law enforcement officers and their families, you are the perfect FCPO partner.
There are a number of ways you can be an advocate for this ministry:
- Pray daily for law enforcement officers, their families, and the ministry of FCPO.
- Tell your family and friends about FCPO, and give them our web address.
- Offer words of encouragement and support to officers in your community.
- Join FCPO as an associate member. Membership details are available here.
- Join our newsletter email list. Forward newsletters to friends. Encourage them to join.
- Review us at GreatNonprofits.
- Like and review us on Facebook.
- Follow us on Twitter.
- Share our posts with your social media networks.
- Stand up and speak up in support of officers as matters arise in your community.
- Encourage your church to host a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
- Put information about FCPO in a prominent area of your place of business.
How do I start an FCPO chapter?
How do I find out if there is already an FCPO chapter near me?
There are always new FCPO chapters starting up across the United States. See all FCPO chapter locations here. All active chapters will have a contact person listed; inactive chapter listings will refer you back to the national home office.
Have chapter meetings been canceled due to Covid?
In consideration of the ongoing coronavirus safety concerns, different chapters have addressed the situation in different ways. Please contact your local FCPO chapter leadership for information concerning any chapter meeting changes in your area.
I attend chapter meetings. Doesn't that make me a member?
While a law enforcement officer may participate in a local chapter at any time, he/she cannot be an official FCPO member, receive membership resources and materials, and fully experience being part of this ministry until submitting a membership application. Click here to learn more about membership.
How can my gift to FCPO do the most good?
FCPO-USA welcomes all donations, whether designated for a specific project or not. However, your gift to the general fund (where most needed) gives us the flexibility to address our most urgent needs at the moment. If your gift recurs on a monthly basis, it also helps form a reliable source of funding that FCPO-USA can count on to help us fulfill the mission of this ministry.
Why do you emphasize recurring giving?
Giving a recurring gift is a convenient and efficient way to support the ministry of FCPO-USA as well as keeping your membership current. These gifts form a reliable source of funding that FCPO-USA can count on to help us fulfill the mission of this ministry. Your recurring online donation is secure and flexible. If you need to make changes, such as the amount and/or frequency of your gift, or updating your card information, you may do so anytime by contacting the FCPO-USA National Home Office. Your request will be handled promptly.
What is your financial policy?
FCPO-USA believes we have a responsibility to be faithful stewards and to maintain integrity and openness in our financial practices. Because God supplies us with resources for ministry through individual contributions, we recognize our accountability both to Him and to our donors. Therefore, FCPO-USA is committed to sound fiscal policies and transparency.
Gifts for the support of the ministries of The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA will be received at the FCPO-USA National Home Office at 2158 Northgate Park Lane, Suite 413, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415. Additional gifts will also be received from time to time by the members of local chapters across the U.S. through their various fundraising efforts. Contributions to FCPO-USA are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Designated gifts to the support of FCPO-USA ministries are greatly appreciated and a receipt will be issued for all deductible gifts for tax purposes. Occasionally, however, we receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When a particular need is over-funded, our solicitations for that need will be discontinued and otherwise designated funds may, at the discretion and direction of the Board of Directors, be applied to cover similar needs that are still under-funded, or broader needs that fall within the scope of FCPO-USA's ministry.
Can I see FCPO-USA's IRS documents?
Yes. Copies of our IRS Form 990 from recent years are available in downloadable .pdf format below:
2015 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2017 Form 990
2018 Form 990
2019 Form 990
Does FCPO give my name to other organizations?
No. Out of respect for individuals' privacy, FCPO-USA does not sell or rent our mailing list to other organizations wishing to use the names and addresses of our supporters. We maintain tight security on our list of friends and supporters.
What about your links to other sites? Are they safe?
Our site contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which FCPO-USA has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the policy statements on all such sites, as their policies may be different than those of FCPO-USA.