What We Do
The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA's primary distinction from other Christian organizations is our focus on ministry to the men and women in the law enforcement community across the United States, and their families. Because of the common bond shared by those in law enforcement, FCPO members are often able to share their faith with colleagues considered "hard to reach" by others in the Christian community.
FCPO-USA provides biblically based training and tools to strengthen the officer's personal, family, and group spiritual growth through:
"Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15 (Modern English Version)
We believe time spent daily in God's Word is foundational to becoming the men and women God desires for us to be. As you read and meditate on God's Word, He will fill your heart with His truth, and will clarify and reinforce the things He has taught you.
Think about it: if law enforcement officers aren't using biblical truth, whose truth are they using? If they are using biblical truth, isn't a deeper understanding of God's Word essential?
To that end, FCPO-USA has launched Operation: In the Word, a ministry project designed to get The One Year Bible into the hands of as many men and women serving in the law enforcement community as we possibly can.
This daily reading Bible divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one year in as little as 15 minutes a day. Each daily reading includes a portion from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.
What if you could help put this life-changing tool into the hands of police officers across the U.S.? What difference might their time spent "in the Word" make in their lives and communities?
In addition to including The One Year Bible in each New Member Packet, FCPO also wants to make this Bible available to our chapters across the nation, for distribution in their local areas to fellow officers, chapter meeting visitors, police academy graduating classes, etc.
Tyndale House, publisher of The One Year Bible, is making the NLT Compact Edition available to FCPO at a discounted price but we must purchase in lots of 500 copies.
Your gift for Operation: In the Word will help promote spiritual growth in the lives of our men and women in law enforcement across the nation. All gifts to this ministry project are tax-deductible.
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"So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." - Matthew 19:6 ESV
The law enforcement profession creates unique stresses in the home.
Emotional shutdown, alcohol and/or prescription drug abuse, and domestic violence are just a few of the factors that can potentially be involved. But there is help and hope.
FCPO-USA partners with FamilyLife to provide marriage retreat and seminar opportunities to law enforcement officers and their spouses. From Weekend to Remember getaways to The Art of Marriage video events, all of our programs are designed to give law enforcement couples practical tools to help promote healthy marriages with Jesus Christ as their foundation. It's never too late to apply God's truth to your relationship, and FCPO-USA and FamilyLife stand ready to help.
Now's your chance to take an intentional step towards strengthening your marriage and get rewarded by doing so! Use group code: FCPO at checkout to receive a $100.00 discount per couple when registering for any Weekend to Remember event! You do not have to be a law enforcement couple or an FCPO member to use this code. Anyone can take advantage of this discounted rate.
Of the couples who have attended our programs thus far, there is only a 1.7% divorce rate compared to an alarming 75% divorce rate among law enforcement officers nationally. FCPO-USA and FamilyLife are working together to help fortify law enforcement marriages and strengthen the faith of officers and their spouses.
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"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
- 2 Peter 3:18 ESV
Discipleship is at the heart of everything FCPO-USA is and does. It is the process by which followers of Jesus Christ are equipped by the Holy Spirit to overcome the temptations and pressures of this present life and become more and more Christlike, developing Christian maturity and spiritual growth.
FCPO discipleship training promotes this spiritual growth in three distinct yet interconnected areas:
FCPO-USA provides a copy of The One-Year Bible to each new member as well as Promises for Peace Officers, a handbook of scripture verses that apply to situations peace officers face on a daily basis. Additionally, over 14,000 Bible study videos are available 24/7 at no charge to our members through our partnership with RightNow Media.
FCPO-USA partners with FamilyLife to provide marriage retreat and seminar opportunities to law enforcement officers and their spouses at a discounted rate. We also offer Christian-based financial fitness tools, through Crown Financial Ministries and RightNow Media, designed to give couples the resources they need to overcome financial challenges and find the path to proper stewardship.
Chapter members meet regularly to pray for one another and the lost around them, as well as encouraging each other in sharing the gospel and discipling others. Many of the video studies we make available are also suitably formatted for chapter use in facilitating group Bible studies and discussions. Chapters are also encouraged to engage in ministry to others by serving the poor, hungry, needy, and disabled in their communities, meeting physical and spiritual needs.
Discipleship training is all about spiritual growth, becoming more obedient to the Lord and learning to walk in His ways. It requires us, as believers, to respond to the Holy Spirit's prompting to examine our thoughts, words, and actions daily and compare them with the Word of God.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
Fellowship is an important aspect of FCPO membership. Whether a luncheon with a guest speaker, a family picnic, or a sporting event, local chapter members coming together is an experience that allows us to learn from, encourage, and support each other in our Christian walk.
There is a strong common bond shared by those in law enforcement, especially those who are believers. We enjoy a camaraderie that cannot be imitated by anyone outside our profession. Through FCPO, we are further banded together with other Christians who understand the unique challenges officers and their families face.
An FCPO chapter meeting offers a relaxed, non-threatening, friendly environment where members can introduce their fellow officers to Christ. We also encourage chapters to be intentional about inviting and involving spouses and children. Though specific activities will vary, we want chapter gatherings to be a time of positive Christian fellowship that enriches marriages and families.
Through local chapters and individually, FCPO members are uniquely positioned to significantly influence the law enforcement community for Christ, while developing strong ties with fellow Christians in law enforcement.
Working and praying together, our own spiritual growth is enhanced as we encourage each other, support each other, and are accountable to one another.
"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
- John 13:35 ESV
The Christian life is one of service to others, and Jesus Christ set the perfect example. One of the ways FCPO chapters and members follow His example is through community service projectsbenefiting the poor, hungry, needy, and disabled.
While individual projects will vary greatly from chapter to chapter, depending on the needs of the individual communities and chapter resources, each is designed to minister to others in Jesus' name, meeting physical and spiritual needs.FCPO service projects take many forms, such as visiting an injured or retired officer, buying a bed for a child whose family can't afford one, building a handicapped ramp for a disabled officer, providing a meal for a needy or homeless person, or delivering Christmas presents to a child who would have none otherwise.
Through these and other efforts, FCPO members demonstrate the love of Christ in a tangible way to those in need around them. Your tax-deductible gift to FCPO-USA will enable us to continue reaching the law enforcement community for Christ, who, in turn, reach out to their local communities in ministry.
"And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
- Mark 16:15 ESV
The men and women of the law enforcement community are a tight-knit group, facing challenges seldom understood by those outside the system. As a result, we share a strong common bond and camaraderie unique to this profession.
Because of this special relationship, we are often provided with opportunities to share our faith with colleagues considered "hard to reach" by others in the Christian community.
One of the ways FCPO chapter members share with their fellow officers is planning events/activities/services that will be attractive to unsaved friends. These events include luncheons with guest speakers, couples banquets, sports activities, weekend retreats, public service projects, and many more activities. A special time is set aside at each event where the gospel is clearly presented and an opportunity given to receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior.Members are trained to give a testimony of their conversion and to lead others to Him.
Those who receive Christ at these events (or who indicate an interest to know more) are encouraged to meet with FCPO members for help in learning how to follow Christ and to become part of a Bible believing church.
Chapter members also take what they have learned to the streets, sharing God's love in the communities they serve. Whether shooting hoops with a group of inner city kids or visiting and praying with a resident of a low income housing project, an FCPO member can set a Christian example for those in his community in a variety of ways.
Outreach is all about becoming involved in ministry; ministry to our fellow officers and ministry to our communities. As we become engaged in ministry to others, we often find that we ourselves receive the greater blessing by being Christ's ambassadors to a lost and dying world around us.