What if I told you that for just $25 per month a student’s life could be changed forever? Yes, you read that right! That’s a large pizza and an order of bread sticks once a month. We would like to inform you about our Race to 100 campaign. We’re racing to find 100 people to give $25 per month for the next 12 months. That’s $300 a year. Your monthly gift will be used immediately to develop campus ministry for students on their local school campuses. Our goal is to reach every school in 22 school systems across central Alabama; that’s nearly 170,000 students. But, we can’t do this alone, we need your help. Will you prayerfully consider joining our race and giving $25 per month for the next 12 months?
- The largest mission field in the state of Alabama is the public school.
- More students will be equipped to share the Gospel with their peers.
- New resources will be developed to train students with evangelistic tools to share the Gospel.
- New First Priority clubs in middle and high schools will be started across our area.
- We will be able to reach a younger generation by starting new FPKids clubs in elementary schools.
- We will hear more student testimonies of “I came to know Christ through my First Priority club.” For some students, First Priority is the only youth group they are exposed to.
- First Priority’s HOPE Strategy works! Students come to know Christ every month.
- First Priority connects local churches as the body of Christ to build the Kingdom of God.
- A First Priority volunteer will make a difference in the lives of hopeless students.
- You will help students promote See You at the Pole on their local school campuses.
- You will help provide doughnuts, biscuits, pizza, drinks and other incentives for more students to attend club meetings and hear the Gospel.
- Students who respond to the Gospel will continue to be followed-up with by the local church.
For more than 25 years, First Priority has worked with local churches to raise up a generation of students who will choose to make Jesus Christ their First Priority. 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.
We have a New Year’s Resolution – Will you take
Experts say it takes 21 days to make a habit. How are your New Year’s resolutions going now that we are 19 days into the month? First Priority has a new challenge for you and it’s very simple… Pray! Will you commit to praying the following over the next 21 days? Students and teachers need your prayer and support; they live in a tough world. Our prayer is that you’ll be able to stick to the challenge, create a new habit of prayer and continue to pray throughout the year.
Here is the challenge for the next 21 days:
1. Pray for students to be bold about letting their light shine.
2. Pray for parents’ hearts to engage daily with their children.
3. Pray for all those who don’t know Christ.
4. Pray for God to place one person on your heart to begin to pray for every day that they will come to know Jesus.
5. Pray about supporting First Priority every month. No gift is too small.
6. Pray for our First Priority Board and Staff.
7. Pray for our school principals.
8. Pray for our teachers.
9. Pray for our students to have teachable spirits.
10. Pray for the churches by name that surround where you live.
11. Pray for the youth pastor at your church to have favor with his/her students.
12. Pray for Godly wisdom.
13. Pray for the Gospel to go forth in a powerful way.
14. Pray that we would truly love one another.
15. Pray for our governor and president.
16. Pray for protection over our nation.
17. Pray for revival here in America.
18. Pray for the truth of God’s Word to be spoken and not compromised.
19. Pray that God will provide students with wisdom and boldness when sharing Christ with their friends.
20. Pray for the safety of students, teachers and faculty in our schools.
21. Pray that students will unite together for the cause of Christ.
Will you take this challenge and commit to praying over the next 21 days?
Students’ lives are being changed because of
We are excited to announce out of the schools that have reported, nearly 300 students have made a decision for Christ on their school campus this fall semester. There have been countless more salvation decisions at First Priority sponsored events this school year as well. These students have been followed-up with to be discipled and become involved with a local church. Wow, God is good!
First Priority works! Lives are being changed. With this movement, all it takes is one student and an entire school and generation can be changed for Christ. God is truly amazing and we know He can do anything. We can’t wait to see how He is going to move in our schools and through our students during the spring semester 2017.
None of this would be possible without your help! Will you continue your partnership with First Priority and participate in our Victory Matching Challenge? Some friends of First Priority have gotten together to challenge the ministry to raise $100,000 in November and December, and they will match every penny donated. Your gift of $25 will be immediately doubled to $50. Your $100 gift will be matched to make a $200 gift and $250 becomes $500. We hope you will consider giving a gift for our year-end Victory Matching Challenge. We have been doing this campaign for over 15 years and because of the impact it has made we have seen tens of thousands of lives changed. Every gift of love, every prayer, every word of support to a Christian student, faculty sponsor or youth worker means that another student will have the opportunity to hear the life-changing Gospel of Christ! Please prayerfully consider giving a gift for our year-end Victory Matching Challenge. Thank you for helping us share the HOPE of Christ with the next generation through your generous donations!
FPKids share Christ’s love this Christmas
As we approach the Christmas season, it’s a wonderful time to share about and celebrate the birth of our Hope and Savior Jesus Christ. Luke 2:1-20 will be read and told on hundreds of local school campuses this time of year. Also during this holiday season, many local First Priority and FPKids clubs do special things to celebrate the birth of Jesus and spread Christmas joy.
To show the love of Christ, Warrior Elementary FPKids club decided to do Operation Christmas Child and pack shoeboxes full of toys and necessities that will travel all around the world and be given to children in rural villages and towns. Allyson McCombs, campus coach and teacher sponsor at Warrior Elementary, helped students prepare and wrap boxes to be sent to distribution centers that send the boxes worldwide.
I think we can take a cue from elementary students just like this who see Christmas as more than a time to receive gifts but to give gifts and share the hope of Christ, not just in our local community but all around the world.
First Priority and FPKids students have also collected candy to fill Christmas stockings for children in need, sang Christmas carols, held canned-food drives to help local ministries, made cards for teachers to encourage them and served hot chocolate to students. It is a blessing to see students give up their time to show others the love of Christ this Christmas.
First Priority gives thanks for you!
During this time of Thanksgiving and all throughout the year, we give thanks for you. We are very thankful for you and your continuous prayer and support of this ministry. It is because of you that we are able to reach tens of thousands of students with the Hope of Christ each week on more than 200 school campuses across the Greater-Birmingham Area. We are truly grateful for people like you who desire to see students come to know Christ. We thank God for the amazing things He is doing in our schools this year.
We serve a great and almighty God! We have so much to be thankful for. May God bless you and your family this holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff at First Priority!
Local communities partner together to reach kids with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Exciting things are happening all across the city with First Priority and FPKids. More churches and community leaders are getting involved on the school campus this year like never before. North Highlands Elementary is one of the many awesome examples. More than 15 teachers and community leaders met back in October for a quick FPKids training gearing up to implement a new club after school. They officially kicked off November 17. Over 100 students came to the first meeting with their Bibles in hand ready to learn what “Jesus said.” North Highlands PTA is playing a huge role in the partnership with local leaders and getting them involved at the school. Seven teachers and four parents joined us for the school’s first meeting. One of the many amazing things about FPKids is the willingness of fourth and fifth grade students who are excited about praying for their school. Not only are they willing to pray, they’re willing to let others know that Jesus is the only way to Heaven – John 14:6.
It is our pleasure at First Priority to be able to be a part of what God is doing in the local schools. It takes complete unity and partnership from the local church to make this possible. Once trainings are over and new clubs are started, the ownership of the club is placed in the local community. It is always exciting to see local organizations uniting with one single cause: “Seeing students share their hope they have in Christ and as many students come to know Christ as possible.”
First Priority Greater Birmingham
What is your First Priority story?
The following is a testimonial from Adria, who was a member of First Priority when she was in high school:
When I committed my life to Christ as a sophomore in high school, I got involved in my youth group and invited people to church. When I got my driver’s license, I loaded as many people as I could each week into my little car to take to church with me. That was good, but I realized there was so much more that I wanted to do for Him. I wanted everyone I knew to experience what I had by allowing Jesus to be Lord of my life. I thought about all of the students that I was around each and every day in my own school. I couldn’t fit them all in my car, but I could take church to them…at school. When I shared my burden of my school with my youth pastor, he told me about First Priority. I rallied together a few friends and shared with them how I would simply like to meet each week to pray and have a Bible Study before school. By hanging up a few posters and passing the word around, we began a First Priority Club my junior year at our high school that had about 30 students at our first meeting. By the end of the year, we had about 80 students gathering in our gym each Wednesday morning and grew to have up to 150 my senior year. Within those two years, I saw our club become one of the most happening things in our school. We had many of the area youth pastors involved and saw the churches begin to work together to grow the Kingdom of God. As the music began to play loudly each week, students would come rolling in to see what was going on in the “old gym.” But the best part was the impact that was made on their lives before they would leave the gym and throughout the day by students who were using high school as a mission field.
First Priority had given me a place to really let my light shine so others could see His grace. It was a place where students felt safe and accepted, and we saw so many make decisions to follow Christ. Our school became a different place because of the ministry of First Priority. As I think back on the many unbelievable stories of lives being changed, I am reminded of two that stand out the most. One of my friends, who could possibly have been voted, “Most Likely to Never Become a Christian,” finally came to First Priority and made the decision to seriously follow Christ. I saw his life totally change! But, what was even better was when he asked to share his story at First Priority one Wednesday morning and filled the gym with people who came to hear what he had to say. So many people were saved because of his testimony then and even now as he pastors his own church.
My other story is a simple comment made to me one day by a girl I didn’t even know. “You are the reason that I’m saved,” she said. That comment reminds me still to this day to do everything I can to help be the reason that people receive the love of Jesus.
After being in youth ministry for nearly 10 years, my husband went to work for First Priority because we believe in the ministry taking place in the local schools. We want to help begin and better First Priority Clubs throughout our area to help ensure that every teen can be introduced to Jesus in the place they spend most of their time. I love First Priority because I believe it gives students somewhere to be real in a place where they are trying so hard to belong and fit in. I love seeing churches come together with a common goal, realizing that students are searching for something to fill a void and Jesus is what they need. He is the best thing that could ever happen to anyone.
Do you have a First Priority story? If so, please share it with us at:firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to highlight your story!
Keeping Christ the First Priority,