National Religious Broadcasters
National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is an American organization that represents Christian
Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings...

 religious broadcasters
Religious broadcasting
Religious broadcasting refers to broadcasting by religious organizations, usually with a religious message. Many religious organizations have long recorded content such as sermons and lectures, and have moved into distributing content on their Internet websites.While this article emphasises...

 on American television
Television in the United States
Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. Ninety-nine percent of American households have at least one television and the majority of households have more than one...

 and radio
Radio in the United States
Radio is one of the major mass media of the United States.-History:The beginning of regular commercially licensed sound broadcasting in the United States in 1920 ended the print monopoly over the media and opened the doors to the more immediate and pervasive electronic media...

, including several high-profile televangelists
Televangelism is the use of television to communicate the Christian faith. The word is a portmanteau of television and evangelism and was coined by Time magazine. A “televangelist” is a Christian minister who devotes a large portion of his ministry to television broadcasting...

 and Christian radio
Christian radio
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 show hosts. It claims a membership of more than 1700 organizations. It is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
The City of Manassas is an independent city surrounded by Prince William County and the independent city of Manassas Park in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. Its population was 37,821 as of 2010. Manassas also surrounds the county seat for Prince William County but that county...


In spite of its generic name, the NRB represents only a specific view of Christianity, with a clear mission statement
Mission statement
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, statement of faith
Statement of faith
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, and code of ethics on its website.


NRB also operates a Christian television network on the DirecTV
DirecTV is an American direct broadcast satellite service provider and broadcaster based in El Segundo, California. Its satellite service, launched on June 17, 1994, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, Latin America, and the Anglophone Caribbean. ...

 satellite television
Satellite television
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 service called the NRB Network
NRB Network
The NRB Network is an evangelical Christian cable channel run by the National Religious Broadcasters, a national organization representing televangelists and Christian-themed media outlets. While the NRB organization is located in Manassas, Virginia, the channel's corporate headquarters is located...

. The network consists of programming produced by NRB members, including FamilyNet
FamilyNet is a broadcast television network owned by ComStar Media Fund and based in Atlanta, Georgia. The network was founded in 1979 as the National Christian Network, and took the name FamilyNet in 1988 under the ownership of Jerry Falwell. The channel was acquired by InTouch Ministries in...

 and the Christian Broadcasting Network
Christian Broadcasting Network
The Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, is a fundamentalist Christian television broadcasting network in the United States. Its headquarters and main studios are in Virginia Beach, Virginia.-Background:...

, among others.

NRB magazine is published nine times per year. The magazine contains news about the Christian broadcasting industry. It includes columns and feature articles about the radio, Internet, and television concerning finances, ethics, and management.


The NRB was founded in 1944 in response to evangelical denominations being unable to obtain radio time, with the mainline Federal Council of Churches controlling most Protestant radio time.


Frank Wright, an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America
Presbyterian Church in America
The Presbyterian Church in America is an evangelical Protestant Christian denomination, the second largest Presbyterian church body in the United States after the Presbyterian Church . The PCA professes a strong commitment to evangelism, missionary work, and Christian education...

, is the president of NRB. NRB is governed by a board of directors
Board of directors
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. Annually, the board establishes an executive committee consisting of five elected officers of the association and five members-at-large elected by the board. In March 2008 Bill Skelton, the President and CEO of Love Worth Finding in Memphis TN was elected chairman of the executive committee. NRB General Counsel Richard E. Wiley is a former FCC chairman. He is a senior partner in the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP.


In a May 30, 2005 column in Harper's Magazine
Harper's Magazine
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, Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges
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 identifies National Religious Broadcasters as one of the leading groups of the Dominionist
Dominionism is a term used to describe politically active conservative Christians that are believed to conspire and seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action, especially in the United States, with the goal of either a nation governed by Christians, or a nation...

 movement: "traditional evangelical
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s, those who come out of Billy Graham
Billy Graham
William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. is an American evangelical Christian evangelist. As of April 25, 2010, when he met with Barack Obama, Graham has spent personal time with twelve United States Presidents dating back to Harry S. Truman, and is number seven on Gallup's list of admired people for...

’s mold, are not necessarily comfortable with the direction taken by the Dominionists, who now control most of America’s major evangelical organizations, from the NRB to the Southern Baptist Convention
Southern Baptist Convention
The Southern Baptist Convention is a United States-based Christian denomination. It is the world's largest Baptist denomination and the largest Protestant body in the United States, with over 16 million members...

, and may already claim dominion over the Christian media outlets."
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, a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy (CRESP) at Cornell University
Cornell University
Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions...

, points out the link between National Religious Broadcasters and Dominionism
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