The following steps are a guide for those (students, teachers, youth leaders and parents) who desire to see a First Priority Club established at their middle or high school. First Priority has the information and resources you need to develop club leadership, obtain training, and launch your club.
Step 1: Pray
If God has laid a burden for broken people on your heart, it is important that you follow that burden to its source. Nehemiah developed a burden for the people of his community. His response to the burden? Prayer.
Step 2: Get a Starter Kit
To continue, you’ll need to receive our Starter Kit to explain the club to others and have it approved by your school.
In it you will find:
- First Priority Brochure – A concise description of First Priority club strategy.
- A Link to H.O.P.E. Curriculum– An example of monthly curriculum for your club.
- Teacher Sponsor Information – How to become a club Teacher Sponsor.
- Campus Coach Information – How to become a Campus Coach.
- Club Interest Sheet – to record the required signatures for your club.
- Club Constitution & By-Laws – A club outline to sign for school approval.
- Student Bill of Rights on a Public School Campus
- First Priority Contact Information
We’ll mail your Starter Kit using the information below:
Step 3: Find others
Your school and community are filled with Christ followers. First Priority at it’s core is a strategy for churches to work together. We require that you find 10 students from 3 different churches denominations before getting your club approved.
- Find students to lead
This will be your club. You are the voice and body of Christ at your school. Find fellow trustworthy students with a passion for the gospel that will join you in planning and leading your club.
- Find a Teacher Sponsor
Find a Christian faculty member as a potential club sponsor. Your teacher sponsor will provide a classroom for meetings, liaison between you and administration, communication to other students about your club, and Godly encouragement. Visit fp618.com/teachers to become a Teacher Sponsor.
- Find a Campus Coach
Campus coaches are church leaders that assist you in ministering through your club. They won’t lead the club, but will coach you on the sidelines. Visit fp618.com/coaches to become a Campus Coach.
- Find a Priority Parent
Parents are key. The support of a network of parents can raise awareness in the churches, bring lots of food, and most importantly lead a prayer network off campus for the students as they share the gospel. Find one parent to lead the Priority Parent Network for your First Priority club.
Step 4: Get organized
- Day, time and location for the weekly club meeting.
- Tips: Avoid Mondays because of holidays, as well as other days/times that popular clubs and sports meet.
- Student Leadership Commitment are signed.
- Campus Coach Commitment are signed.
- Faculty Sponsor Commitment is signed.
Step 5: Get legal
The Faculty Sponsor must inform the administration of the intent to start a new club on campus and turn in a Club Constitution and By-Laws. Contact us with any questions.
Step 6: Get a Campus Kit
A Campus Kit provides all you need for a successful club. Your campus coach will receive one once your club is approved.
Step 7: Get trained
Once your club is approved by your school, training must take place. During this time, be sure to promote your club well!
Training will take 3-4 weeks and will be led by your Campus Coach(es) at your usual club time. This training is for Christian students who want to take leadership.
Click on FP University to watch the training videos.
Step 8: First club meeting
The HOPE cycle begins, students lead, lives are changed.
Register Your Club: Once you are ready for your first club meeting, be sure to click to fill out this form.
Registering your club will set up automation tools that will help you succeed and get your club listed on the ‘Find Your Club’ page of this website.
Congratulations on starting a First Priority club!
Use resources on the FP618.com website to keep growing your club.