Start a First Priority Club
Uniting the Body of Christ with a Plan of Action to Influence the Schools with the Gospel!
Step 1: We Train You
Join the FP Webinar Today! The winter months are the perfect time to make a change and do something new. By getting trained now, you have the opportunity to gather student leaders and start a First Priority Club this spring! The cost is only $10!! Get in before they fill up. What do you get for the $10?
- We will help you to see how a united Church effort in the school will change school culture. You will see the school as a mission field and the Christian Students as missionaries. The first step in life-change is always how we think about something.
- We will teach you about student first amendment rights in a school and forming a Christian club under the Equal Access Act signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1984.
- We will give you access to training PowerPoints to share FP at churches and to train students to lead the H.O.P.E. cycle in their First Priority club. ($25 Value)
- You will get access to the FP App and all the HOPE resources your students need to lead their club! ($30 Value)
- We will have a Q&A time to help you overcome your obstacles and understand the first steps to getting a First Priority club started in school!
Step 2: You Train Students
Part of the FP training is in the HOPE strategy. The HOPE strategy is a four week meeting cycle for the students to implement in the FP club. Week one is Help where students learn to understand (and share) the gospel; they get a new Gospel tool each month. Week two is Overcome where there is a discussion about overcoming fears and obstacles that the world puts in their way. Week 3 is Prepare week where students write out and share their story of faith with the club. Their story can be of how God entered into their life or a situation they walked through via the hand of God. Week 4 is Engage week where the club engages the students at school with the gospel; Non-believers are invited, an upbeat atmosphere is created, the Good News of Jesus is shared, and lives are changed.
Step 3: Start a Club
Your schools, churches, and community are filled with Christ followers. First Priority at its core is a strategy for Christians from community churches to work together to influence the school with the Good News of Jesus. If there are 1-2 students who want to start a club from a single church, have them grab 7-10 of their Christian friends at school to help them get the First Priority club going. Students influence each other everyday, you might as well help them influence their school for Jesus.
"This is excellent, practical, visionary training that needs to be multiplied in churches across America!"
- Chuck Klein, National Director, Campus Alliance
"First Priority is the very best way to reach students on campus. With the state of the art training process and support that First Priority offers, it makes it simple for even an old veteran like me to understand and teach students how to duplicate it. Give it a try and you will love it too!"
- Mike Ballard, Student Ministry Pastor, Trinity Church
Do you want to help students reach students for Jesus at school? If your answer is yes, you have come to the right place. We will help you navigate the common hurdles to gaining access to area public schools, talk about networking the local churches around the Gospel, and train you on a plan to bring the hope of Christ to every student in your community! Sign up today!!
Brad serves as the Director of Ministry for First Priority of America. He spent 10 years in student ministry; first in Oak Harbor WA for 3 years followed by 7 years in Sioux Falls, SD. The first meeting he had in Sioux Falls was with the director of FP in the Sioux Empire. It was at this meeting were he heard about the network of student pastors who were helping students reach students in over 30 area middle and high schools. He had gone from small town Oak Harbor where the entire student ministry went to 1 of 3 schools to a growing 130,000 person city with 15+ schools represented in the student ministry. Brad’s goal is to help local Christian adults take the appropriate steps to create a spiritual movement inside their middle and high schools. He has been in student ministry since 1997, served as a First Priority campus coach starting in 2001, and joined staff with FPOA in 2008. He helped get FP of the Great Plains (SD/IA) off the ground before moving his family to Nashville, TN to be strategic in his work with FP of America. Brad, with his wife Erika and four children attend Church of the City in Spring Hill. [email protected]
StartWhy? Understanding the FP Mission and Vision (9:21)
StartHow? Equal Access Terms and Guidelines (3:49)
StartHow? Equal Access and First Priority (1:54)
StartWho? Roles in and Around the club (5:09)
StartWhat? The H.O.P.E. Cycle Explained (4:04)
StartThe H.O.P.E. Guide for 2020-2021 (9:40)
StartWhere can I find all the club resources?
StartWhen? Steps to Get Started
StartRegister Your Club (2:11)
StartQ&A with Brad Schelling
StartBecome a FP Club Adult Volunteer (0:44)