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NEW LOOK. SAME MISSION.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new logo as a part of the unified First Priority national identity. For years, many people have always appreciated the work of First Priority but still had questions. Our new branding gives people a clearer picture of who we are and what we do.

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First Priority connects the CHURCH to the CAMPUS to share CHRIST with students. The success of First Priority begins and ends with the local church. The students, youth pastors and faculty sponsors that partner with us all belong to a local congregation. Once a student receives Christ on campus, they are encouraged to connect to the body of Christ where they can grow in their new faith.

In its 25th year of ministry, First Priority Greater Birmingham believes it is the perfect time to launch a new brand to ensure people know who we are and what we do. First Priority exists in over 30 states across the nation and we will now all be unified under one brand.

We have changed our logo on our Web site, E-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In the coming months, we will update all printed materials including our letterhead, business cards, envelopes, fax sheets, mailing labels, banners, etc. We realize that changing our logo is a process and involves many steps and time. We will finalize our new brand appropriately and in a timely manner.

If you have used First Priority’s logo in a written piece or as a visual in the past, please assist us in updating it with our new one. Please send us an e-mail at info@gofirstpriority.com to receive our new logo icons. We appreciate your time, help and support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 205.871.8886 or matt@gofirstpriority.com.

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How you can get involved with First Priority

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First Priority is a strategy for students to share the Love and Hope of Jesus Christ with every student in their school. We connect the CHURCH to the CAMPUS to share CHRIST with students. We are currently in our 25th year of ministry serving elementary, middle, Jr. High and high schools across the nation and world.

For years, church leaders have heard the claim that nearly nine out of 10 Christians accept Jesus as their Savior before the age of 18. If that statistic was accurate in the past, it no longer depicts U.S. society. Now Barna says that, “If Jesus is not already part of their lives by the time they leave junior high school, the chance of them accepting Him as their Lord and Savior is very slim (6% to be exact).” That is why we unite the body of Christ with a plan of action to influence the school with the Gospel.

First Priority helps the local church extend its ministry to school campuses. We partner together to work with schools to help set-up and organize clubs that meet before school that are student-initiated and student-led. The public school is the largest mission field in America. We provide Christian students with a platform, strategy and support for ongoing effective campus ministry outreach. These students are on a 9-month mission trip when school is in session.

None of this would be possible without your help! There are several ways you can get involved:

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Pray – The ministry of First Priority could never be what God truly wants it to be without consistent prayer. Ask your church congregation to pray over students and commission them to go and be disciples in their school before school starts back. Please be in constant prayer for students who don’t know Christ, and for Christian students to be bold in sharing their faith. Please pray for our staff, volunteers, faculty sponsors, campus coaches, students and schools. When you pass by a school, pray for that school. Make a school zone your prayer zone.

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Promote – Share the vision and mission of First Priority within your circle of influence. Pray about who would be blessed and interested to know about and support the mighty work that God is doing on our school campuses. We have a lot of resources available that you can share with others at firstpriorityal.com. Ask your church to give First Priority opportunities to speak and raise awareness about the ministry. Encourage your church’s youth pastor to promote First Priority with your youth group and to encourage them to attend club meetings, be on leadership and to invite their lost friends.

participate iconParticipate – First Priority is always in need of volunteers. Most of the students in our schools will never step foot in a church, but they will attend school. We need to go to them. Encourage members of your church to get involved with First Priority and to participate and connect with students on our campuses. E-mail us at info@gofirstpriority.com to get involved.

provide iconProvide – Support First Priority financially and help ensure that every student in our area is reached with the hope of Christ. It takes $3,000 to fund each school that we serve. I would like to encourage you to help support one or several of the more than 200 schools across the Greater-Birmingham Area. CLICK HERE to support First Priority. Call 205.871.8886 or visit firstpriorityal.com to learn how you can join this Gospel movement to advance the Kingdom of God.

 

 

See You at the Pole 2015 Date Announced

Moody HS See You at the PoleThis year’s See You at the Pole (SYATP) will be Wednesday, September 23. The theme is “United” – “They all met together and were constantly UNITED in prayer.” Acts 1:14. The global week of student prayer will be Sunday, September 20, through Saturday, September 26, 2015.

SYATP is the annual global day of student prayer. All around the globe, in every time zone, millions of students will gather around their school’s flagpole for a time of prayer for the 25th Annual SYATP, a student-initiated, student-organized and student-led event. Before school, tens of thousands of students locally will join together at their school’s flagpole in prayer for their friends, families, school, city, state and nation.

SYATP is a movement that began in 1990. It originated with one youth group, meeting at night at several schools in the community during a weekend retreat. SYATP brings students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.

First Priority will once again coordinate our state’s efforts. As soon as more information becomes available, we will send it out. In the meantime, please visit syatp.com.

 

Will you partner with us and sponsor a school?

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We would like to thank you for your incredible commitment and dedication to changing the lives of young students all across the Birmingham-Metropolitan area. Your support allows us to equip students with the tools they need to be effective witnesses in their communities and on their campus throughout the school year. We greatly appreciate your continuous generosity.

As you may have read last month, during the 2014-2015 school year, 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! CLICK HERE for a full recap from the 2014-2015 school year that includes updates on our schools, events and networks.

None of this would be possible without your help. It takes $3,000 to fund each school per year that we serve. I would like to encourage you to help support one or several of the 200 schools we serve across the Greater-Birmingham Area for the 2015-2016 school year. If you aren’t able to support a school for the entire year, please consider sponsoring one school for one month for $250. Would you consider giving a special summer gift to help this ministry continue the level of services we have been able to provide to these schools for the past 25 years?

We continue to work to raise up a generation of students who will choose to make Jesus Christ their First Priority, and who will not be ashamed to share Him with their peers. For years, church leaders have heard the claim that nearly nine out of 10 Christians accept Jesus as their savior before the age of 18. If that statistic was accurate in the past, it no longer depicts U.S. society. Now Barna says that, “If Jesus is not already part of their lives by the time they leave junior high school, the chance of them accepting Him as their Lord and Savior is very slim (6% to be exact).” That is why we unite the body of Christ with a plan of action to influence the school with the Gospel.

Please prayerfully consider continuing your important partnership with the ministry of First Priority through a special summer gift. Your gift will be used immediately to provide students, teachers and youth leaders with the tools they need to carryout First Priority’s mission of sharing the love and message of Jesus Christ with every student in their school. Thank you for your continuous support. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 Click here to sponsor a school

Join us for Encounter Birmingham

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We would like to invite you to Encounter Birmingham, a ministry sponsored by First Priority and led by First Priority Area Director Debi DeBoer. Encounter will launch a monthly worship service for college students and young adults THIS Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. on the campus of Southeastern Bible College, and you’re invited!

Encounter is a non-denominational group of college students and young adults from churches all over the city of Birmingham coming together to worship. Encounter’s mission is to LOVE people, worship Christ and grow spiritually.

“My heart has always been to strengthen and equip the local church (which is why we have our small group on Thursdays),” said Debi. “The college and career group is unique because they have outgrown the youth ministry, yet are uncomfortable in the adult ministry. Over time, our group has grown and we have ministered to a diverse group of students that are all plugged into a local church body of believers. However, while many of these students from local college campuses were disconnected from their home church, they have found community in networking together and challenging each other in a weekly Bible study. With that being said, this ministry is an outcry of that group.”

Encounter is all about bringing the individual college groups from local churches together as the body of Christ in order to reach this generation with the Hope of the Gospel. Statistically, 1 out of 4 remains in the church after high school. This will not be the time when students walk away from the church, but instead are challenged to passionately love Christ with all their heart and to experience Him in worship.

We hope you’ll join us each month beginning THIS Thursday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m. at Southeastern Bible College! Doors will open at 8 p.m. For more information about Encounter, visit the website at www.EncounterBirmingham.com. There you can sign up to receive updates via email and learn more about the heart of this ministry.

My First Priority Club doesn’t have a faculty sponsor; what do I do?

The summer months are a great time to get ready for the upcoming school year. At First Priority, we would like to help you prepare for your club. To have an effective First Priority club, a faculty sponsor is very important. He or she is a volunteer who supervises students to ensure they remain in line with the rules of the local district and state. The faculty sponsor becomes the main person or liaison for the students in the school to organize and charter the club. According to the Equal Access Act, the faculty sponsor’s role is to monitor the club. In order to receive the support of the school administration, it is of utmost importance that the faculty sponsor communicate the mission and the role of the club to the administration, developing a certain amount of trust between the two. In time, the appropriate leadership of a faculty sponsor and the enthusiasm by students, the First Priority club will positively impact the school, which will be both pleasing and beneficial to the administration.

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But what do you do if your school’s First Priority club doesn’t have a faculty sponsor? “I wanted to be the teacher sponsor because I knew I would have the opportunity to be directly involved spiritually with the kids,” said Stephen Hickman, Minor High School First Priority Teacher Sponsor. After being interviewed by First Priority, Stephen offers the following suggestions to students, parents, business leaders and youth pastors who are seeking to find a faculty sponsor for their club:

– Pray that God will send a faculty sponsor

– Provide detailed information of responsibilities to teachers

– Provide teachers with information about the joy and opportunities that come with being the faculty sponsor

– Help teachers understand the positive influence they can make on students’ lives

– Ask students to provide a list of teachers they would recommend

– Ask the principal/school administration who they would recommend

– Work with local church pastors and youth pastors to see if there are teachers within their church who would be interested in sponsoring the club

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Faculty sponsors are vital to the success of an effective club, and they truly can make a difference in the lives of students. As First Priority, we are here to serve you. If your First Priority club doesn’t currently have a faculty sponsor, please don’t hesitate to call us at 205.871.8886 or e-mail info@gofirstpriority.com. We will do whatever we can to help you find one.

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Local youth being the hands and feet of Jesus

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By First Priority Area Director James Cato

Local students from churches in the North Jefferson County area put their faith in action by implementing a series of mission projects across their community during the week of June 8 – 12, 2015. These students gave up a week of their summer to paint houses and porches, clean-up local school grounds and help prepare work packets for students for the upcoming school year.

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We as the local church are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and that’s exactly what these kids did. It’s easy to get consumed by youth camps, beach retreats, movies and bowling trips, but if we look around we will see many needs that can be met right here in our own city if we are willing.

Jesus made it clear what we are to do. How we treat others is how we are really treating him (Jesus). Matthew 25:40 of the Bible says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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I am very proud of these students for their hard work and dedication to serving others. They could have been doing so many other things but they chose to put their faith in action and serve their community and share Jesus with others.

So this summer, what will you do to serve others around you? How about your neighbor?

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Will you join a network?

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Partnering with the local church in our community is critical to reaching a generation of students. First Priority helps the local church extend its ministry to school campuses. We know that as students are reached, God’s plan is for them to be discipled in the local church. That is why we intentionally network local youth workers and help the local church have effective youth pastors and ministries. We partner with over 1,000 churches and we meet with 12 different networks of youth pastors and pastors monthly. We also hold quarterly city-wide campus ministry network lunches to encourage and equip youth leaders.

 

We could never have an effective ministry without our partnership with the local church. Will you join a network and get involved? Call us today at 205.871.8886.

Shop for Dad and Support First Priority at the Same Time

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Make dad smile… buy your Father’s Day gifts at smile.amazon.com, and Amazon will donate a percentage of the purchase to First Priority. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, so begin your shopping now HERE! It’s simple; shop for dad and support First Priority at the same time.

Amazon recently 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. 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.

Make dad proud this Father’s Day! We truly appreciate your support!

True story about a drastic life change

God changes lives in our schools all across this nation every school year. Just in the Birmingham area, over 520 students accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior during the 2014-2015 school year. Below is a video from First Priority South Florida about a true story about how God changed Bryan Colas’ life. Bryan was deep into drugs, but through First Priority and church, he found Jesus. Praise God! Click on the image below to hear Bryan’s amazing, life-changing story:

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