These are adults who are watching and cheering on the game. Up front, these parents are dedicated to praying and supporting the students as they work to minister to their school. Behind the scenes, these parents are waking their son/ daughter up early for practice, rearranging schedules, encouraging when the “game” does not go well, and running the “booster club”. Putting fans in the stands is really an easy task when students are passionate about playing in the game. Parents can get involved too! You can become a campus coach, spread awareness and most importantly pray for our student leaders!
These are the faculty volunteers that open their room and the doors of the school for the club to hold their meetings. At the school, they are the people who help the players stay in line with the rules of the local district and state. At the monthly leadership meeting, they are the ones guiding and showing wisdom to navigate the school as only someone on the “inside” can do. They do not participate in the game even though they are right in the middle of it.
These are the youth ministers and pastors who are training and equipping the students the First Priority club. Coaches do two things:
1. They help schedule clubs in the school and build relationships with the school administration, finding a teacher sponsor, setting club time and location, submitting the club charter/constitution, and more.
2. They hold leadership meetings to help students be prepared for the month ahead. We often call them Captain’s Team meetings and they are held monthly between the Engage week of the previous month and Help week of the next.
The business community is so important to the First Priority strategy. They are our club sponsors. Without business leaders involved in the FP strategy, the longevity of the ministry will diminish when students graduate or staff in our local churches move on. The business community has a vested interest in their community and will be the ones that will be there through this entire generation. All the cities that have a successful First Priority team have a board of committed business leaders.
At First Priority, we know that you want to be an influencer of culture. In order to do that, you need a way into the public schools. The problem is that adults cannot share Jesus at school which makes you feel frustrated. We believe the church should influence the school culture rather than the world. First Priority is a tool to equip students to form groups in the local schools where we have seen 5,224 students reach 9,730 students for Christ last year! Here is how we do it: First, we train you. Second, you train your students. Third, send your students to school as missionaries using the First Priority club as the tool that guides them.