About First Priority of Tampa Bay

Vision:

To have student-led Christian club on every middle and high school campus in the great Tampa Bay area.

Mission:

To connect students with Christ and a supportive Christian community.

Plan:

To partner with local churches to mobilize and train students to share the love of Christ at their schools.

Foundation of Faith

Our organization operates on the basis of Christian beliefs that frame what we do and how we do it. Ultimately, we are focused on loving God and loving others.

God has give us:

His Word to be the written source of absolute truth.
His Son Jesus, to restore our relationship with God.
His Spirit to empower believers to live holy lives.
His Mandate to proclaim Christ’s sinless life, death, and resurrection to all.
His Church to equip believers to reach the world.

First Priority student-led groups

First Priority of Tampa Bay (FPTB) is an independent nonprofit that launched in Tampa in 2009. We provide training and meeting resources to middle and high school students who want to lead First Priority Christian campus clubs in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, and Gadsden Counties.

As an equipping organization, we provide following to students:

  1. Training to launch and lead a First Priority campus group/club
  2. Guidance and support for navigating the right for students to gather on campus
  3. Meeting resources to ensure that groups are successful and sustainable
  4. Ongoing training to equip students to be strong, confident, and effective leaders

 

 

Student Leaders

All First Priority groups/clubs are student-initiated and student-led. During each weekly meeting, student leaders open and close in prayer, read and talk through Bible verses, and encourage students connect to a local church.

The official position of First Priority of Tampa Bay is that we follow the law as it applies to student-led groups on public school campuses. The First Amendment protects the rights of students to gather on campus and to share their faith. However, the First Amendment does not afford the same rights to adults. Therefore, our  clubs are student-initiated and student-led. To see the Equal Access Act law click HERE

Partnering with Local Churches

Jesus said to make disciples (Matthew 28:19), to share the gospel (Romans 10:14), and to love others (Matthew 22:39). With this in mind, we partner with youth pastors to train their students for campus ministry, and we are dedicated to supporting local churches. To access a video for your church congregation to learn more about First Priority of Tampa Bay, please click here

Our Commitment

To provide quality resources and ongoing support to First Priority of Tampa Bay students; to help them become better leaders, connect with peers, and share their Christian faith;  to help them defend their religious rights on public school campuses; and to train, screen, background check, and regularly communicate with staff and adult volunteers- all of whom are held to the highest standards and to a Biblical lifestyle.

About Our Organization

First Priority is a registered non-profit that is locally governed by independent board members who are not paid.  The staff follows a strategic plan and adheres to organizational rules and practices, as determined by the local Executive Board. FPTB is supported by private donations and 100% of donations are used to impact local students.

While First Priority students read and study the Bible, the meetings are not designed to replace church or youth group. Additionally, all students are welcome to participate in meetings and activities.