About Us

First Priority student-led groups meet weekly on middle and high school campuses.

First Priority of Tampa Bay (FPTB) is a locally operated nonprofit that launched in Tampa in 2009 as a covenant community of First Priority of America. FPTB currently provides meeting resources and training to 61 student-led Christian campus groups/clubs in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk Counties. 

Our organization provides assistance to middle and high school students who want to launch and lead First Priority campus groups/clubs at their schools. As an equipping organization, here is what we provide to students:

  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 to be 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 campus meetings follow a 4 week H.O.P.E. cycle, which is repeated throughout the school year for approximately 10 cycles.  The HOPE cycle is a proven strategy for connecting students to each other, to the Bible, and to a local church:

Week 1 is Help Week: Students seeking God
Week 2 is Overcome Week: Students overcoming obstacles in their lives and their fear of sharing God
Week 3 is Prepare Week: Students understanding the significance of their faith story and how to share it with others
Week 4 is Engage Week: Students sharing their faith stories and 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. 

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