Over 520 salvations for Christ on campus this school year

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2014-2015 First Priority Ministry Report

God did some amazing things in our schools this year. Students on our campuses work each week to ensure the Gospel is spread throughout their school. They are unashamed and eager to share their faith and help their friends mature in their relationship with Christ. The desire to see their friends accept the love and message of Jesus Christ is evident in the number of salvations reported for this school year. We are excited to present to you the 2014-2015 First Priority Ministry Report. Out of the schools that reported, nearly 13,000 students attended First Priority and FPKids every week when school was in session; and we are excited to announce that over 520 students made a decision for Christ on their school campus. There were countless more salvation decisions at First Priority sponsored events throughout this school year as well. These students were followed-up with to be discipled and become involved with a local church. Wow, God is good! While students are reaching students, God is at work shaping lives.

CLICK HERE or on the graphic below for a full recap on our schools, events and networks.

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“God is stirring for His kingdom all around us at Greystone Elementary School”

We always love to hear stories about how FPKids and First Priority is making a difference in students’ lives. God is at work in our schools. Recently, we have heard two stories from parents of Greystone Elementary School students about the impact being made in their school.

“I would like to thank you all for the investment you are making in our children for the Kingdom,” said Laurie, Greystone Elementary School parent. “God did something so beautiful this past Sunday in church. My daughter was in the service with me and our pastor was sharing from Matthew 5:43-48 of the Bible where it talks about loving your enemies. My daughter said, ‘Wait a minute, that’s Luke 6:27-28.’ She quickly turned to it in her Bible where she had underlined it on her own and written First Priority above it! I almost started bawling like a baby in the middle of church! She has hidden His Words in her heart because of you, and she OWNS THEM! Love you all, and can’t thank you enough for the difference you are making!”

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“I was at the ballpark the other day and a kid I didn’t think I knew came right up and asked if I was in First Priority,” said Amy, Greystone Elementary parent. “I instantly felt connected and we had such a grown-up chat, just brother-to-sister at the ballpark. Then today at aftercare, a 3rd grade boy asked who would be leading FPKids next year, and I explained that we’re praying about that now, and HE said he would go home and ask his MOM because he knows she has Fridays off from work!”

“Those two conversations reminded me of the impact God is stirring for His kingdom all around us at Greystone Elementary. It warms my heart to have participated with you guys in this ‘Big Thing’ this year. I’m looking forward to our sophomore year of FPKids at Greystone Elementary School!”

We hear stories just like these every week from our different FPKids and First Priority clubs. Would you like to join this Gospel movement and help start an FPKids club in your area? It’s simple, just call 205.871.8886. With your help, we can reach even more elementary and intermediate schools across the Greater-Birmingham area. Call us today!

First Priority Founder Benny Proffitt is MAKING A MOVIE on Columbine

We’re excited to announce that First Priority Founder Benny Proffitt is making a film on the incredible true story of Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel was killed for her faith in Jesus at the Columbine massacre in 1999. One year before the shooting, Rachel wrote in her journal, “I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus. I am not going to hide the light that God has put into me. If I have to sacrifice everything… I will.” We can’t be ashamed to speak the name of Jesus. At nine years old, Rachel had a vision that one day her life would touch millions of hearts. And, with your help, it will.

Click on the image and link below to view the incredible video announcement and support Benny’s campaign to tell the story of a 17-year-old girl who was not ashamed to share her faith in Jesus, even to her killers.

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Send Benny an email at info@imnotashamedfilm.com if you would like to know how you can get involved with this incredible movement.

 

What kind of leader are you? City-wide pictures and recap

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First Priority held its third City-Wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon of the year on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham. Nearly 50 youth leaders and children’s ministers across the Greater-Birmingham area attended for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch from Chick-fil-A and Meadow Brook Baptist.

Our special guest speaker J. Roger Davis, President of Student Life, brought an inspirational message about how to be an effective youth leader. “You must be willing to step back and do whatever it takes, and you must give all the glory to God,” said Roger.

Roger related his message to a story in the Bible from Mark 2:1-12, in which four men carried a paralyzed man to Jesus to be forgiven and healed. Roger began by asking the question, “What kind of leader are you?”

1) Do you wear an apron? (Are you more of a servant?)

2) Do you wear a cape? (You say, “I’ve got this; it’s on me.”)

3) Do you wear a crown? (You expect people to serve you.)

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How to be an effective youth leader

1) Carry your corner:

“The four men carried the paralyzed man to Jesus,” said Roger. “You must be willing to carry your corner. What does that look like in your youth ministry? How do you spend your time? You need to spend time with your students, your adult leaders, parents, and your prayer warriors. Everyone has a responsibility and must carry their corner. Work together as a team.”

2) Do whatever it takes to accomplish a task:

“The house where Jesus was teaching was packed out, so the four men made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the man down to Jesus,” said Roger. “The house was packed and these men found themselves in an obstacle. They were willing to do whatever it took to get the paralyzed man to Jesus. This is what we have to do. Sometimes you have to humble yourself to do whatever it takes.”

3) Give the glory to God:

“Jesus healed the paralyzed man and the man got up and walked,” said Roger. “What happens to the four men? It’s not recorded so we don’t know. But I hope they praised Jesus and took more people to Him. We must give the praise and glory to God.”

“We need a generation that knows Christ and makes Him known,” said Roger. “What are we putting in our students’ tool boxes? How are we equipping them? Step back and look at your strategy for your youth ministry. Carry your corner, be willing to do whatever it takes, and then give the glory to God.”

We would like to thank Roger again for his encouragement and knowledge he shared that will help youth pastors be more effective as leaders. We would also like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event a huge success: Empowered to Conquer Youth Conferences and Compassion International. Representatives from these organizations provided youth leaders with educational material about their programs and upcoming events. Please take time to visit their Web sites. We also heard from Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Representative Sara Reynolds who updated everyone on FM419 make-up dates. Click here for more info. Lastly, First Priority Area Director Joey Proffitt informed the group about a film in the making on the incredible true story of Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel was killed for her faith in Jesus at the Columbine massacre in 1999. Click here to watch a video and learn more.

We would like to thank all those again who attended and joined us for a great time of growth and fellowship.

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First Priority student receives memorial scholarship

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First Priority Area Director and Communications and Event Coordinator Ashlee Lambert and her husband Buddy lost their firstborn son at the end of 2014. Thomas Alexander Lambert V was born on May 22, 2014, and passed away on December 5, 2014. He was born with a very rare skin condition that ultimately took his life. Buddy and Ashlee are committed to educating people about Thomas’ condition as well as to remember and recognize his precious life. After Thomas’ passing, Ashlee knew right away that she wanted to give a scholarship to a First Priority student in memory of Thomas. Ashlee spent the past four months attending First Priority clubs and chose a student for the scholarship she believes best exemplifies the qualities of Thomas.

On Friday, May 15, 2015, Buddy and Ashlee presented the Thomas Alexander Lambert V Memorial Scholarship to St. Clair County High School First Priority Student Brandon Wiggins. The following words were spoken by Ashlee during the presentation: “Thomas may have only lived a short life here on this Earth, but he made a huge impact on many people’s lives all across this world. To be a young baby, he exemplified the qualities of strength, hope and love. Thomas was such a strong fighter. He fought a long, hard and painful battle. He never gave up. Thomas gave us so much hope. Our faith in God was strengthened and we prayed like we had never prayed before. God chose to heal Thomas completely in Heaven, so we now cling to the hope that we will see him again one day soon. An abundance of love surrounded Thomas. He gave and received eternal love.”photo 2 (23)

“The student receiving this scholarship today exemplifies those same qualities and has made a huge impact on other students’ lives in this school and community. This year’s scholarship is in the amount of $500 per semester, with a total amount of $1,000. We are honored to present the Thomas Alexander Lambert V Memorial Scholarship to Brandon Allen Wiggins for outstanding qualities including strength, hope and love, and for Christian leadership, academic excellence, involvement and leadership in Saints for Christ and commitment to a local church. Congratulations Brandon. Thank you.”

We are very proud of Brandon; and we thank Buddy and Ashlee for awarding a First Priority student in memory of their son Thomas.

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“Everyone here needs the love of Christ”

photo 2 (15)As First Priority clubs have been wrapping up for the school year, students are sharing about how First Priority has impacted their lives and what it has meant to them this year. The following are a few of the responses:

“How to stand up and share my faith in school.”

“It’s ok if you don’t have the answer to someone’s question. Look in your Bible or talk with your youth pastor for the answer and then get back with the student.”

“First Priority sets me back on track like church does.”

“It’s ok to be rejected.”

“Everyone here needs the love of Christ.”

“Don’t be afraid to share your testimony because there may be someone going through what you went through and can relate.”

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“This year’s First Priority experience at Mortimer Jordan has been one of success. Leaders have been built, and students have been empowered and encouraged through the Word to live out and share this message of Hope, which is love and life through Jesus.

“First Priority has had a powerful impact on my life, and I’ve had the privilege to serve as an officer for the past three years. I’ve seen this program grow so much since I first joined and I’ve seen many lives changed. This student-led ministry has such a wonderful effect on empowering students to share their faith with the students around them. First Priority is without a doubt the most important club in the school and often times we are the only way these kids hear the Gospel.”

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Space still available for FREE Lunch, Networking – Register Today!

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RSVP today for our next City-wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon that will be held THIS Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham. Come join us for FREE lunch and a great time of networking and fellowship. Click here to register now.

Our special guest speaker is J. Roger Davis, President of Student Life. Roger joined Student Life in the fall of 1996 and accepted a full-time position in 1997 to focus his attention on youth camps. In 2007, his role expanded to take on all ministry events at Student Life and Servant Life and in 2010 was named president. He spends his time leading the Student Life team as it serves ministers and their churches. In addition to his role with Student Life, he gives leadership to Servant Life. Click here to learn more about Roger.

We will have many great give-a-ways and free youth ministry resources at this City-wide Luncheon. You don’t want to miss it! Please join us for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. We hope you’ll make plans now to attend. RSVP today!

CLICK HERE to register

Support First Priority While Shopping Amazon

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We are excited to announce that you can support First Priority just by doing your normal Amazon shopping! Amazon has started a new program called AmazonSmile, which allows shoppers to select their favorite charitable organization to receive 0.5% of the purchase as a contribution from Amazon. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, the same products, same prices, same service! The benefit: you are helping First Priority reach students with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

CLICK HERE to get started today. It’s simple; designate First Priority of Alabama as your charity of choice and start shopping! You will know your purchase is supporting First Priority when you see, “Supporting First Priority of Alabama Inc.” in the top left corner of Amazon’s Web site. We truly appreciate your support!

FPKids raising up missionaries – You can join!

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FPKids has been a great success this school year. Several new FPKids clubs were started, among those include: Brookville Elementary, Minor Community and Gardendale Elementary in North Jefferson County. This was all possible because of the support and partnership with the local church. Sharon Heights Baptist, Gardendale Mt. Vernon United Methodist and Westwood Baptist stepped up this year to adopt these local schools. It is always exciting to be joined by parents and local churches who want to get involved and make a difference in the lives of our children.

The FPKids strategy focuses on teaching students to know and do what “Jesus Said.” The curriculum consists of four parts that are repeated every month: Read It, See It, Live It, Tell It. Each month, students Read and learn what Jesus Said; they See how His teaching changes them and the marks it leaves on them; they experience real ways to Live out the truth with love; and they encourage each other to Tell others about Jesus. FPKids is taking God’s Word and putting it into action on campus.

It’s always encouraging to see students fired up about Bible reading and prayer. Students learned hand motions to Bible verses to help them remember and teach others what Jesus Said. One 4th grade student said he told all his friends that Jesus loves them and wants us to follow him. The student shared John 8:31-32 of the Bible with his friends and told them Jesus wants us to know him and live in our hearts. These students are little missionaries hard at work for the Kingdom. Wow, God is good!

 

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We hear stories just like this every week from our different FPKids clubs. The staff at First Priority is very thankful for all the prayers and support from the local community. We praise God for all He has done and the seeds of life planted in students’ hearts.

Would you like to help start an FPKids club in your area and help make a positive difference in the lives of children? It’s simple, just call 205.871.8886. With your help, we can reach even more elementary and intermediate schools across the Greater-Birmingham area. Call us today!

Join us for Networking, FREE Lunch and Encouragement at our next City-wide

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We would like to invite you to our next City-wide Ministry Network Luncheon that will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Our special guest speaker is J. Roger Davis, President of Student Life. Roger joined Student Life in the fall of 1996 and accepted a full-time position in 1997 to focus his attention on youth camps. In 2007, his role expanded to take on all ministry events at Student Life and Servant Life and in 2010 was named president. He spends his time leading the Student Life team as it serves ministers and their churches. In addition to his role with Student Life, he gives leadership to Servant Life. Click here to learn more about Roger.

We will have many great give-a-ways and free youth ministry resources at this City-wide Luncheon. You don’t want to miss it! Please join us for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. Save the date and make plans now to attend. RSVP today!

CLICK HERE to register