The Hope of Christ in Every Student.
Unite the Local Body of Christ with a plan of action to influence the school with the gospel. The ministry of First Priority gets worked out through a club at school. First Priority clubs follow a four-week strategy called HOPE. HOPE is an acronym for Help, Overcome, Prepare, and Engage.
Help: Students are equipped to share to 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.
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.
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 united, THE Church can.
- According to the Billy Graham Association, 85% of all that come to Christ do so before they graduate high school. There by making our middle schools and high schools the greatest mission field in America.