Vision:  The hope of Christ in every student

Organizational Mission: To unite churches to support Christian students in their efforts to share the gospel at school

Group/Club Mission: To unite Christian students to reach their campus for Christ

“God is empowering me to invest in the lives of others, and it is showing the never-failing, rich power and glory of the LORD”  -Bloomingdale H.S. Student

How Does the H.O.P.E. Cycle Work?

First Priority student-led groups meet weekly on middle and high school campuses to execute each phase of the H.O.P.E. cycle, repeating for approximately 10 cycles:

Week 1 is Help Week: Students seeking and sharing God; helping friends to find a church home.
Week 2 is Overcome Week:  Students inspiring each other to overcome personal struggles.
Week 3 is Prepare Week: Students preparing their faith stories.
Week 4 is Engage Week:  Students sharing their faith stories and the gospel message.

In order for a students to use the First Priority name, groups/clubs must utilize the H.O.P.E.  strategy.

Our Statement of Faith:

God loves mankind so much that He gave:

  • 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.


Our Values

All staff, board members and volunteers are committed to:

  • Living a life which honors God.
  • Being in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Living a life which is under the authority of  and consistent with Scripture.
  • Serving with followers of Jesus Christ from diverse backgrounds and from all races.
  • Living according to and sharing the whole gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Meeting the highest standards of stewardship in regard to time, talent and treasure.

Student Leaders

All First Priority groups/clubs are student-initiated and student-led.  During each weekly meeting, student leaders open and close in prayer, guide others through the H.O.P.E. topic, and help new students to get connected to a local church.

The official position of First Priority of Tampa Bay is that we will follow the law, as it applies to groups/clubs on public middle and high school campuses.

As it is stated in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This means that students are allowed to gather on campus and to share their faith. However, the First Amendment and the Equal Access Act do not afford the same rights to adults. Therefore, all of our campus groups/clubs are student-initiated and student-led.

First priority is something I look forward to every week. It’s such a blessing to have a faith-based group on campus.~ Middle school student in Pinellas

Partnering with the Local Church

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. Ultimately, though, our desire is for non churched students to find a youth group and church home.

Our Commitment

To provide quality resources and ongoing support to students who lead First Priority campus groups/clubs. To help students become better leaders, connect with peers, and share their Christian faith. To train, screen, background check and regularly communicate with all volunteers who are held to the highest standards and to a Biblical lifestyle. To train student leaders to regularly invite their friends to youth group and church. First Priority is not designed to replace church. This is why First Priority does not offer summer camps, off campus events or activities.

About Our Organization

First Priority’s role is to support students and their efforts to share Christ at school. This happens by  equipping, empowering and engaging students to run their campus groups/clubs. First Priority groups/clubs welcome all students to participate in meetings and Engage Week activities regardless of backgrounds or belief systems.  First Priority groups/clubs are NOT Bible studies nor are they designed to replace church/youth group.   Equipping Empowering Engaging

Community Service

We also assist First Priority students with organizing community and campus service projects.

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