In a world filled with stress and pressure to perform, anxiety about cultural expectations, and depression from being isolated to a screen, the culture in America is killing our teenagers from the inside out. Our purpose is to provide hope and inspiration by taking the Hope of Christ to Every Student. We want to provide teens a place to belong, opportunities to make a positive difference, and bring life-changing transformation to their life and to those around them. It is our core focus to help 300,000 students in 4,650 different schools experience the hope of Christ by December 31, 2023.
This podcast is part of our strategy to get the word out to the believers of Jesus in the United States to help encourage, equip and empower the Christian students to share their hope in Christ with their peers. If you are someone who wants to bring the light of Jesus into the lives of teenagers, then you are in the right place! Listen in and join the movement today!
Leadership Initiatives 1: The Story Initiative
Joel Rowland, Director of FP Front Range, and Justin Theriot, Ministry Director of FP Nashville, share the basics of the Story Initiative and how we can use the different aspects of it to encourage students and leaders to share their story. Your story does matter, and First Priority of America wants to help everyone realize that so you can help spread the gospel through telling your story.
E.P.I.C. Purpose Plan: Sean Hall talks E.P.I.C. and 3 parts to every club
Sean Hall is the Director of First Priority St. Louis Metro East. He was a student in First Priority in South Florida in high school. After graduation he interned in South Florida and helped out with First Priority clubs there. He is married to his wife Gina and together, they have served at FP St. Louis Metro East for over five years.
E.P.I.C. Four Plan: Luke Still talks E.P.I.C. using the Four gospel tool
Luke Still is the Regional Director of Broward at First Priority South Florida. He is married to Elizabeth and together they have 8 children.
E.P.I.C. Story Plan: Sarah McKinney talks E.P.I.C. on the YouVersion Bible App
Sarah McKinney is the student intern of writing at FP Front Range. She volunteers her time leading the team that develops the YouVersion Bible reading plan, writes and sends the newsletters, and even gives input into the curriculum that all the First Priority Clubs use throughout the United States.
E.P.I.C. preview with Joel Rowland
Joel is the Executive Director of First Priority Front Range. His family moved to Denver in January 2020 to organize and lead the Front Range region. He has been in leadership roles for over 13 years including Lead Pastor, Jail Chaplain, Founder of a non-profit for at risk kids, Drug Court Representative, and Executive Director of First Priority in North Carolina. Joel is a Certified Speaker, Coach, Trainer, and Teacher with the John Maxwell Team. He is certified in Apologetics with the Ravi Zacharias Institute and is currently studying to become a Scholar in Biblical Linguistics and the Hebraic Context of the Bible through the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has studied abroad in Israel, Canada, and Ecuador.
Joel lives in Denver, CO with his wife Amber and their two kids.
JD Simpson talks about the role that parents and youth workers play in First Priority
Dr. JD Simpson Jr. serves as the Executive Director of FP South Mississippi. He grew up in Louisiana and felt a call to ministry while in college at LSU. He served in ministry for several years before learning about First Priority. He was in full-time ministry and didn't have any intention of trying to work full-time and do First Priority. But God had other plans, and in 1999 he launched First Priority of South Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
JD has been married to his wife Carol for 33 years, and together they have four children, two boys and two girls.
Love First Priority
First Priority is by far the greatest way to influence teens with the gospel. I have seen it impact so many communities with the gospel. Love the podcast and how it brings the community together. Great encouragement and a reminder that this great ministry is reaching teens all over the nation.
Great Encouragement For Youth Workers!
These guys have some great ideas for longevity in Youth Ministry and how to empower students to be disciples that make disciples!