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.

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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.
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Our Distinctives

Local Church strategy
Student-led and initiated at school
Networks of support
Long-term plan and structure
Community-based and locally owned