First Priority of Tampa Bay serves Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties

About Us

First Priority of Tampa Bay is a nonprofit that launched in Tampa as a covenant community of First Priority of America in 2009. As a locally managed organization, First Priority of Tampa Bay provides resources and training to First Priority student-led campus groups in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Training for students is provided through local church youth groups. There are no fees associated with our groups, and the optional meeting resources are provided to students for free.

First Priority groups follow a 4 week HOPE strategy that is repeated throughout the school year (for approximately 10 cycles). The proven HOPE strategy is designed to connect students to each other, to the Bible, and to a local church.

Since all groups are student-initiated, student-led, our organization is committed to providing students with the following:

  1. Guidance and support concerning students’ First Amendment rights to gather and to free speech
  2. Meeting resources and tools to ensure that groups are successful and sustainable
  3. Ongoing training to equip students as strong, confidant, effective leaders
  4. Support from a united local body of believers who are praying, supporting and mobilizing students for campus ministry

The H.O.P.E Strategy:                                          

All First Priority groups meet on campus to follow a 4 week H.O.P.E. cycle, which is repeated throughout the school year for approximately 10 cycles.  Each week of the H.O.P.E. cycle helps students to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and is an acronym for:

1) Help Week: Students seeking God
2) Overcome Week: Students providing motivation and inspiration to others
3) Prepare Week: Students understanding the significance of their faith story and how to share it with others
4) Engage Week: Students sharing the Gospel message

All students are invited to meetings/activities, no matter their faith or background. First Priority is not a Bible study, youth group or discipleship program, and not intended to replace church. The purpose of the campus meetings is for Christian students to share the Word of God (Bible), their faith stories, and the good news of Jesus with friends who may not be Christians. Meetings are a safe, friendly place for students to ask questions, seek community, and find support.

Our mailing address:
P.O. Box 10731
Tampa, Florida 33679
As a registered non-profit, First Priority of Tampa Bay is not affiliated with any church or denomination, and welcomes the opportunity to partner with local churches to support students.