We hope you and your students will join us for the reTHINK Student Conference!
Who’s waiting for your students? When they leave the relative safety of their homes, youth ministry or church, who is waiting for them at school, or the university? What contrary ideas will the culture throw their way? What challenges will confront their faith in Christ? How will they answer questions about the LGBT movement, Islam, the reliability of the Bible, evolution, etc.? Are they ready?
In Colossians 2:8, the apostle Paul warns us not to be taken captive by the false views of this world. Sadly, many of our Christian youth have been captured by the culture. Their ideas reflect the ideas of society. Their worldview is no different than that of their unbelieving friends. It’s time to help our students reTHINK.
The reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference exists to provoke a new generation to rethink their worldview, recapture the truth, and then reengage the world for the cause of Christ. This conference is designed for junior high, high school and college-aged students. It will be held Friday, April 21 – Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 2200 Briarwood Way, Birmingham, AL 35243. This is a great conference for families, youth groups, anyone! Register before February 21, and get the $25 early bird rate! For more info, schedule, list of speakers and to register, click here. This is going to be such an incredible conference for your students!
The deadline to join First Priority for Student Leadership University’s Youth Pastor Summit in Nashville has been extended!
We have extended the deadline to join First Priority for Student Leadership University’s (SLU) Youth Pastor Summit (YPS) in Nashville to Monday, April 4, 2016. We must receive your registration by Monday at 5 p.m. This is a FREE two-day conference for youth pastors and their teams. It includes speakers, labs, worship, lunch and free resources for student ministries. SLU does this event to invest in and encourage those pastors, educators and ministry leaders who are making a lasting impact in the lives of students.
The YPS will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 25 – Tuesday, April 26. If you would like to attend with First Priority, the cost is $100 for lodging, plus the cost of your meals. Lunch is provided on Day 2 of the Summit. The deadline to register with First Priority is Monday, April 4, at 5 p.m. This year’s line-up is incredible and includes: Bob Goff, Dr. Brent Crowe, Doug Fields, David Nasser, Josh Griffin, D.A. Horton, Ben Trueblood, Jared Hall, and Liberty Worship Collective. And, that doesn’t even include the breakout speakers! You don’t want to miss this year’s Youth Pastor Summit! Click here for the full line-up, schedule, FAQs, etc. Be sure to click on “Nashville.”
If you would like to attend the Summit with First Priority or would like more information, please contact Ashlee Lambert at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you’ll take advantage of this great opportunity. Contact Ashlee today!
“I’m Not Ashamed to speak the name of Jesus,” students said at this year’s Leader’s Summit
On Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, First Priority held its 11th Annual Leader’s Summit at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Ala. More than 700 students, teachers, youth leaders and parents from nearly 70 intermediate, middle, junior high and high schools across Central Alabama attended this year’s event. “I’m Not Ashamed,” based from Romans 1:16 in the Bible was this year’s theme: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Witnessing students take a stand for Christ and sharing His love has always been the main focus of First Priority. Students joined together this year with that in mind.
Praise and Worship Band The Multis Project kicked-off the morning with upbeat and interactive music that led students into the presence of God. Students enjoyed a day of intense training that began with First Priority President and Priority Talk Radio Show Host Greg Davis. Greg challenged students to speak the name of Jesus and to speak it with boldness and believe. Greg talked through “I am” declarations, which set the tone for passion and pursuit for students. First Priority Founder Benny Proffitt joined Greg onstage and inspired students to keep the Gospel torch lit and not grow weary in being a missionary on their campus. Christian Rap Artist Sanchez Tannehill then took the stage with his enthusiasm and talent. He challenged students to never underestimate God’s power in us to do great things for His Kingdom. Students then heard from Pastor and Evangelist Ed Newton who challenged them to share the Gospel and understand that evangelism is not about us but those we are sharing the hope of Christ with.
“The tangible illustration of evangelism (both before and after the break) was the most powerful thing the students could possibly experience,” said Youth Pastor Grady Morrison about Ed’s message. “We literally left Leader’s Summit, went to Krispy Kreme to de-brief, and the kids were using those same steps to evangelize to people coming in! I’ve taught them the difference between knowledge and wisdom recently. They took that to heart. Wisdom is the application of knowledge. That is where we find the biggest disconnect in Christians today. We are obese with knowledge and malnourished of wisdom. I can’t thank Ed enough for reminding them of common knowledge while giving them clear application to turn that in to wisdom.”
Former NFL Player, Jeremy Towns, then shared his testimony with students and challenged them to speak out about Jesus and not to be afraid to share the Gospel. Actor and Musician, Matthew Schuler, concluded the day by reminding students to be who God calls them to be. He shared a song with students to close out the day.
Special Thanks To:
“The Leader’s Summit is always a very engaging time for students to be refreshed and renewed on how to share the Gospel. Each speaker had a dynamic and Bible based word; students were set on fire once again to share Jesus on their campus!”
– Logan LeGrande, First Priority Student Leader
“I Love the diversity that was represented at the Leader’s Summit. I also loved watching the students that I brought take notes. Days later, I asked one of the students if she remembered what was said about how to talk to students about Jesus and she said it pretty much word for word! It was one of the best leadership summits I’ve been to. The First Priority staff put on a class A, number one event, not only for the students but for the glory of God and His kingdom.”
– Debbie Marshall, First Priority Campus Coach
“The atmosphere was electric, the speakers were relevant, the material was life changing, and the worship was spirit filled. The Leader’s Summit was a life-altering event for many students and I can’t wait to see what God does in their lives. I can’t wait to attend next year’s event!”
– Heath Pike, Youth Pastor and First Priority Campus Coach
“I really enjoyed everything about the conference. I loved hearing from all of the speakers, but my favorite was probably Ed Newton. Ed described how to share Jesus with people in a way that made so much sense and I thought he had a lot of really good ideas. Attending the conference made me feel very thankful to be a part of First Priority, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend.”
– McKenzie, First Priority Student Leader
“I really enjoyed praising and worshipping our God. I also loved all of the motivational speakers and learning about the different ways to share my faith. This was a great experience to learn what God has in store for us, and to not be ashamed to speak the name of Jesus.”
– Lily Grace, First Priority Student Leader
We would like to remind you to register for our 11th Annual Leader’s Summit that will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Southeastern Bible College. The cost for this year’s Leader’s Summit is $5 per person at the door for all those who pre-register online. Lunch is included. The registration deadline is THIS Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The cost is $10 for anyone who registers after Friday, January 22. As far as your payment is concerned, you can pay by cash or check. However, if you pay by check, no refunds will be made for students who were unable to attend. We advise collecting $5 cash from each student and bringing it with you. Payment is not due until the morning of the Leadership Summit. When you check-in the morning of the event, you will be able to make your payment for your students. On the day of the Summit, check-in will begin at 8 a.m. and we will dismiss for the day by 1:30 p.m. Please click here to pre-register your students for the Summit. Please complete the online form and list the names of everyone that will be attending in your group.
The Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope Evangelism Conference with Franklin Graham is this weekend, Friday August 14 – Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. Student Night is Saturday, August 15. Don’t miss musical performances by Newsboys, Lacey, Flame, Dae-Lee, with special guest hosts Amena Brown and DJ OPDiggy. There will also be musical performances by Kirk Franklin, The Reykjavik Gospel Company, Michael W. Smith, Tasha Cobbs and Kari Jobe throughout the weekend as well. You don’t want to miss it! There will be a special message from Franklin Graham each night as well. No tickets are required. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open 90 minutes before the festival start. You don’t want to miss out on this FREE event! Click here for a full weekend schedule and more info about the Festival of Hope.