Half priced tickets to FM419 HERE!

01016-2015 Birmingham FM419 Ad-HiRes (2)We would like to invite you to join youth from across the Greater-Birmingham Area for a Saturday of high-energy music and life-changing training. Get down to the basics of what you believe, find power to live what you say and learn how to share your faith with others. Join us for FM419 on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, 5080 Cahaba Valley Trace, Birmingham, AL 35242.

This is an event for you and your students to be the light in the darkness, reaching other young people for Christ. FM419 is designed to help you and your students: live a life that pleases God, equip you to share your faith in Jesus Christ, and qualify you to serve as a counselor at events held by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. It is a day filled with worship and training. You don’t want to miss it!

Enter promo code: FP2015 for $5 tickets

Admission is $10, BUT, we have a special offer for you! Use the promo code: FP2015, and get your tickets for $5 each. You can’t beat that! The cost includes lunch and training materials. You and your students don’t want to miss this high-octane youth event! Register today HERE! Share the promo video with your students. Plan now to join us!

CLICK HERE for more info and to register

First Priority’s SCORE Benefit Lunch is less than TWO weeks away!

score lunch square 2015We would like to invite you to First Priority’s SCORE (Students Count On Real Examples) Benefit Lunch on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at The Club, One Robert S. Smith Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209. Our special guest speaker is America’s Historian David Barton. If you would like to help reach students with the Hope of Christ on more than 250 campuses by supporting First Priority’s campus ministry efforts across Central Alabama, then please consider sponsoring a table at our Benefit Lunch. For more information and to reserve and pay for tables online, please visit firstpriorityal.com/score, send an e-mail to info@gofirstpriority.com or call 205.871.8886. With your help, we can reach this generation. We invite you to take part and encourage your support of this vital outreach.

CLICK HERE for table sponsorship information and more details

 

Will you pray for students this Friday?

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Please pray for students THIS FRIDAY for Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama

Students spend more than 35 hours a week at school. Much of their future is shaped there. So, the question is: Do you pray for our students and schools? Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley has proclaimed this Friday, March 27, Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama. We would like to invite you to join us in praying for students continuously throughout the day.

Praying for the students in our area is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity. Students live in a tough world! Each day, students are subjected to literally thousands of offensive images and words. They also face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, these students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face from childhood until they leave this world. Will you join us in praying for our students?

We would like to invite you to get involved!

– Become a Prayer Zone Partner and encourage others in your church and community to do the same. Every time you pass a school, pray over the school and turn the School Zone into a Prayer Zone. We have static-cling prayer zone stickers available for purchase. These will remind you to make a school zone a prayer zone.

– Plan a 24-hour prayer vigil at your church.

– Plan a “Prayer Walk” around your local schools. You must receive permission from the school principal to do this.

– Contact the principals of your local schools to let them know that your church is praying for their schools. Ask for a list of faculty members so that your church can pray for each of them by name.

CLICK HERE for specific prayer gatherings across Greater Birmingham. You’re invited to join!

Commit now to join with other parents and concerned adults to pray over students, teachers, school administrators and support staff, and schools on Friday. Please click on the link below for numerous resources to help you, your church and community get involved. Tune in to Priority Talk from 2-4 p.m. on 850 AM and 92.5 FM as well as 93.7 WDJC Radio on March 27, for continuous Day of Prayer coverage.

CLICK HERE for ALL Day of Prayer Resources and More Info

Join other parents and adults in prayer over students

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The following are locations where specific prayer events will be taking place on Friday, March 27, 2015, for Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama. Prayer Gatherings in St. Clair County and Leeds will be held throughout the week. We invite you to join-in and participate in any of the following prayer gatherings:

Prayer Gatherings to be held Friday, March 27, 2015:

*Trace Crossings Elementary School – Hoover

5454 Learning Lane, Hoover, AL 35244

Location and Time: In the school media center at 7:15 a.m.

Details: Students will participate in FPKids and then parents, First Priority leaders, teachers and other adults from the community will pray over students.

Contact Person: Debi DeBoer, 205-936-0288, E-mail: debi@gofirstpriority.com

*Highway 78 Area Schools – We will kick-off prayer at Bottenfield Middle School at 7:30 a.m. We will spend about 30 minutes there and then drive to different schools in the Highway 78 Area and spend about 30 minutes in prayer at each school:

Bottenfield Middle School – Jefferson County/Highway 78 Area

400 Hillcrest Road, Adamsville, AL 35005

Location and Time: Outside the main entrance of the school at 7:30 a.m.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students. They will then travel to different schools in the Highway 78 Area to pray for each school. For a schedule, please contact Debbie Marshall below.

Contact Person: Debbie Marshall, 205-213-7386, E-mail: debbie.marshall3@yahoo.com

*Gardendale Area Schools – Gardendale

Gardendale Civic Center

857 Main Street, Gardendale, AL 35071

Location and Time: At the fountain in front of the Gardendale Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Chad Hill, 317-702-7097, E-mail: Chadheathhill122973@yahoo.com, OR James Dolinger, E-mail: Jdolinger@gdalenaz.org

 

Prayer Gatherings to be held Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, March 27, 2015:

*St. Clair County and Leeds Network – Odenville, Moody and Leeds

Leeds Middle School

1771 Whitmire St., Leeds, AL  35094

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Leeds High School

1500 Greenwave Drive, Leeds, AL 35094

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Leeds Middle School on Tuesday, March 24.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody Elementary School

1006 H.L. Blocker Circle, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Margaret Elementary School

200 Mustang Drive, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Moody Elementary School on Wednesday, March 25.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

St. Clair County High School

16700 US Hwy 411, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 26.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Odenville Middle School

100 First Avenue, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at St. Clair County High School on Thursday, March 26.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Odenville Intermediate School

300 Burgess Drive, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Odenville Middle School on Thursday, March 26.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody Middle School

696 High School Drive, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 27.

Details: Teachers, parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students. Everyone will then join the students for the First Priority club meeting and reception for parents in the Gym.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody Jr. High School

600 High School Drive, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer and reception at Moody Middle School on Friday, March 27.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody High School

714 High School Drive, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Moody Jr. High School on Friday, March 27.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

24 Virtues to Pray Over Students in 24 Hours

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Praying for the students in our area is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity. Students live in a tough world! Each day, students are subjected to literally thousands of offensive images and words. They also face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, these students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face from childhood until they leave this world. Below are 24 biblical virtues to pray over students for 24 hours on the State Day of Prayer Friday, March 27, 2015. Will you join us in praying these virtues over the students in our area on the Alabama State Day of Prayer Over Students?

Please pray these 24 virtues in the 24 hours on Friday, March 27, 2015:

  1. Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)

 

  1. Growth in Grace—”I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)

 

  1. Love—”Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:2)

 

  1. Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

 

  1. Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.” (1 Thess. 5:6)

 

  1. Love for God’s Word—”May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)

 

  1. Mercy—”May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

 

  1. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—”Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)

 

  1. Biblical Self-Esteem—”Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)

 

  1. Faithfulness—”Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)

 

  1. Courage—”May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

 

  1. Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

 

  1. Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thess. 5:15)

 

  1. Generosity—”Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

 

  1. Peace-Loving—”Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19)

 

  1. Joy—”May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thess. 1:6)

 

  1. Perseverance—”Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

 

  1. Humility—”God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

 

  1. Compassion—”Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

 

  1. Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6; Heb. 11:1-40)

 

  1. A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

 

  1. Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)

 

  1. Gratitude—”Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)

 

  1. A Heart for Missions—”Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)

 

For more information about Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama, visit firstpriorityal.com/dayofprayer2015.

 

The DNA of Discipleship

First Priority held its second City-Wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon of the year on Friday, March 13, 2015, at Valleydale 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 Shane’s Rib Shack.

Our special guest speaker Dr. Allen Jackson, Professor of Youth Education and Collegiate Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, brought an inspirational message about the DNA of Discipleship. “Adults have to be discipled and taught first before they can teach others,” said Dr. Jackson.

Understanding Discipleship

1) Disciple or Disciple Makingteach someone how to follow Jesus. Replication – we’re not asking someone to do something we’re not doing.

2) Discipleship – a long obedience in the same direction. A lifelong journey of obedience to Christ, which transforms a person’s values and behavior and results in ministry in one’s home, church and the world.

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The Golden Triangle of Spiritual Transformation – Discipleship

1) We’re living in the everyday world – we live in a fallen world, and need to walk through this world with peace and faith.

2) Work of the Holy Spirit – only the Holy Spirit allows us to walk each day with joy. It is because of the Holy Spirit that we’re able to have joy in suffering.

3) Spiritual Disciplines – spiritual gifts. God will amplify what we’re good at.

Instruction Code for Disciples

1) Scripture Memory – important, pays spiritual dividend.

2) Hermeneutics – The Grand Narrative. Read and interpret text in consideration of the type of literature. Don’t try to make scripture say what it doesn’t say.

3) Testimony – make it personal and keep it Christ-centered. Use the Word of God; scripture adds power.

4) Evangelistic Presentation – share in a way that someone could begin to follow Jesus in an authentic and Biblical way.

5) Gospel-Centered Social Justice – The Care Effect. Experience the power of caring. Minister to those who don’t know God. Speak life into the incarcerated.

“Discipleship is not complete until the disciple becomes the disciple maker,” said Dr. Jackson. “Discipleship is hours of casual conversations and intentional moments with a few moments of drama. It has to involve relationships. A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than 10 years mere study of books. Discipleship has to involve process and content.”

We would like to thank Dr. Jackson again for his encouragement and knowledge he shared that will help youth pastors make disciples. We would also like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event a huge success: YM360, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and YMCA Hargis Retreat. 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 would like to thank all those again who attended and joined us for a great time of growth and fellowship.

Get FREE Admission to Winter Jam 2015 – Join the Team!

image002 (2)We would like to invite you to Winter Jam 2015, THIS Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the BJCC Arena, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North, Birmingham, AL, 35203. You don’t want to miss Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Building 429, Family Force 5 and many others! What an awesome line-up!

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person at the door. Arrive early for the Pre Jam Party! Become a Jam Nation Member and receive FREE and EARLY Platinum Access Admission. Learn more by CLICKING HERE.

CLICK HERE for more info about Winter Jam. Don’t miss this incredible tour spectacular!

Get FREE Admission to Winter Jam – Join the Team!

If you and/or your friends would like to join the team and volunteer at Winter Jam, please send an e-mail to: v.kowalchick@gmail.com.  The following are important details about volunteering for Winter Jam from the Birmingham Street Team Leader:

  1. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older, responsible, flexible, and have a servant’s heart.
  2. You should be on time and arrive at 3:30 p.m. the day of the event (specific location for check-in to come later).
  3. Depending on your assignment, you may not be able to see the show, but be prepared to stay for the entire time. You will be released by the tour team when your duties are completed (generally 30 minutes to an hour after the show is over).
  4. Parking and food is your own responsibility. Eat before arriving or bring money to eat there.
  5. Dress comfortably and God honoring.
  6. Specific duties will be assigned during the training meeting after you arrive at the venue (Volunteers should not be expecting a specific position.  Thank you for your flexibility and spirit of cooperation).
  7. You will get into the venue at no charge and most volunteers are able to see at least part of the show, but we literally need over 100 volunteers (with the largest need at the merchandise tables, selling t-shirts, CDs, and other artist merchandise, so sometimes depending on how busy it is, this may not happen).
  8. Please forward this information on to others that may be interested in helping out.

ONE WEEK left to register for City-wide

citywide march 2015There is still time to register for our next City-wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon that will be held next Friday, March 13, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Valleydale Baptist Church in Hoover. Register Now!

Our special guest speaker is Dr. Allen Jackson, Professor of Youth Education and Collegiate Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Jackson is also the founder of the Youth Ministry Institute. Dr. Jackson’s teaching specializations include: youth ministry, adolescent development, collegiate ministry, leadership and administration. Dr. Jackson has nearly 40 years of ministry experience and has been teaching for over 20 years. He is also an accomplished author and has written numerous articles and books. Dr. Jackson is married and has two children, and he loves coffee. Click here to learn more about Dr. Jackson.

We will have many great give-a-ways and free youth ministry resources. You don’t want to miss this City-wide! Please join us for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. RSVP today!

CLICK HERE to register

You’re invited to our SCORE Lunch with America’s Historian David Barton

score logoWe would like to invite you to our SCORE (Students Count On Real Examples) Benefit Lunch on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at The Club, One Robert S. Smith Drive, Birmingham, Ala. 35209. Our special guest speaker is America’s Historian David Barton.

David will be sharing his powerful message: How America Can Reclaim Greatness. As a regular guest on major news networks, David is described as “America’s historian,” and Time Magazine called him “a hero to millions – including some powerful politicians.” In fact, Time Magazine named him as one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals.

David is the author of numerous best-selling books and he currently serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators. He has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California, and has helped produce history textbooks now used in schools across the nation. CLICK HERE to learn more about David.

If you would like to help reach students with the Hope of Christ on more than 250 campuses by supporting First Priority’s campus ministry efforts across Central Alabama, then please consider sponsoring a table at our Benefit Lunch. For more information and to reserve and pay for tables online, please visit firstpriorityal.com/score, send an e-mail to info@gofirstpriority.com or call 205.871.8886With your help, we can reach this generation. We invite you to take part and encourage your support of this vital outreach.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope you will mark your calendars now and plan to join us on Tuesday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m. for our Benefit Lunch. We look forward to hearing from you. We hope you will continue your support and invest in the precious lives of our students.

CLICK HERE for more info and sponsorship levels

Day of Prayer resources now available for FREE download

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Students spend more than 35 hours a week at school, so much of their future is shaped there. The question is: Do you pray for our students and schools? Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama is Friday, March 27. Commit now to pray for students. First Priority will once again coordinate this prayer emphasis encouraged by the recent proclamation of Gov. Robert Bentley. CLICK HERE for all Day of Prayer resources.

Praying for the students in our area is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity. They face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, these students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face from childhood until they leave this world. We invite you to join us in prayer on this important day. There are numerous ways to get involved! The following are just a few:

–  Become a Prayer Zone Partner and encourage others in your church and community to do the same. Every time you pass a school, pray over the school and turn the School Zone into a Prayer Zone. We have static-cling prayer zone stickers available for purchase. These will remind you to make a school zone a prayer zone.

–  Plan a 24-hour prayer vigil at your church.

–  Plan a “Prayer Walk” around your local schools. You must receive permission from the school principal to do this.

–  Contact the principals of your local schools to let them know that your church is praying for their schools. Ask for a list of faculty members so that your church can pray for each of them by name.

Be sure to check out all Day of Prayer resources by clicking on the link below.

Commit now to join with other parents and concerned adults to pray over students, teachers, school administrators, support staff and schools on Friday, March 27. There is still time to make plans for a First Priority staff member to come speak to your church group about Day of Prayer and the different ways your church can get involved. E-mail us today at info@gofirstpriority.com to set-up a date and time. Be sure to check out the numerous resources available to help you, your church and community get involved.

CLICK HERE for Day of Prayer Resources and More Info