What Does First Priority Look Like for Students?
We employ the H.O.P.E. acronym in cycles throughout the school year: Help, Overcome, Prepare, and Engage.
Help: Students are equipped to share the gospel.
Overcome: Students are inspired to overcome their fear of sharing the gospel.
Prepare: Students are given the opportunity to share their testimony.
Engage: Believing students are given the opportunity to invite their non-believing friends to hear about the HOPE of Christ.
Follow Up Process: During Engage week, students are given the opportunity to respond to a gospel presentation where they can indicate a desire for another student to follow up with them. Often this leads to their attending a local youth ministry for the first time and getting connected to the local church for discipleship.
Who Benefits from First Priority
The Local Church
- Helping churches organize, equip and mobilize students to reach students with the gospel.
- Giving churches specific, manageable opportunities to serve middle and high schools in their community.
The Local Schools
- Providing a network of support to the school from local churches.
The Kingdom Of God
- When students’ lives are changed by the hope found only in Jesus Christ.
Why First Priority?
- Because being lost without Christ means a loss of hope. Only a declining 12% of students in the US attend church weekly. Culture statistics indicate that suicide, sexual confusion, and abortion are on the incline.
- Because without intentional campus evangelism training and implementation, students who don’t attend church may never hear the gospel.
- Because no one church can reach and disciple every middle and high school student in their community, but when untied, THE Church can.
- According to the Billy Graham Association, 85% of all who come to know Christ do so before they graduate high school, thereby making our middle and high schools the greatest mission field in America.
Local Church strategy
Student-led and initiated at school
Networks of support
Long-term plan and structure
Community-based and locally owned