The First Priority Podcast

First Priority of America

In a world filled with stress and pressure to perform, anxiety about cultural expectations, and depression from being isolated to a screen, the culture in America is killing our teenagers from the inside out. We aim to provide hope and inspiration by taking the Hope of Christ to Every Student. We want to provide teens a place to belong, opportunities to make a positive difference, and bring life-changing transformation to their life and those around them. Our core focus is to help 300,000 students in 4,650 different schools experience the hope of Christ by December 31, 2023. This podcast is part of our strategy to get the word out to the believers of Jesus in the United States to help encourage, equip, and empower Christian students to share their hope in Christ with their peers. Listen in and join the movement today! read less
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Episodes

The Heroes of First Priority: A Look Into FP Students | Season 5, Ep. 17
07-05-2024
The Heroes of First Priority: A Look Into FP Students | Season 5, Ep. 17
In this episode of the First Priority of America Podcast, hosts Steve and Brad dive into the importance of empowering student leadership, the basis of the organization. They explore the legal foundation supporting student-led initiatives in schools and discuss how it enables students to take ownership of their faith while exercising their constitutional rights. The hosts highlight the practical impact and missional focus of student leadership, emphasizing its role in fostering community and spreading the message of Christ. Highlights: Legal Framework: Steve and Brad discuss the legal framework that supports student-led initiatives in schools, emphasizing the importance of students' constitutional rights.Practical Impact: The hosts explore how student leadership provides a platform for active engagement in mission work, fostering meaningful connections with peers and spreading the message of hope.Peer Influence: They discuss the significance of peer-to-peer interactions in spreading the gospel, highlighting students as credible sources of faith expression who influence their peers through authentic relationships.Reaching the Unchurched: Steve and Brad emphasize the role of student-led initiatives in reaching unchurched teenagers, creating opportunities for transformation and spiritual growth.Training Future Leaders: They highlight how First Priority equips students with essential leadership skills, preparing them to become influential leaders in their schools and communities.
A First Priority Podcast Special with Kilton Késs Janvier and Mike Gault
26-04-2024
A First Priority Podcast Special with Kilton Késs Janvier and Mike Gault
Welcome to a special episode of the First Priority podcast, where we dive deep into the incredible work happening in First Priority South Florida, specifically in Miami-Dade County!  In this episode, Mike Gault (director of FP Miami-Dade) and Kilton Késs Janvier (associate pastor and FP club coach) sit down with Steve Cherrico, during the hustle and bustle of Youth Pastor Summit Orlando, to share their personal journeys of how they got involved with First Priority and the impact it has had on their lives.  Episode Highlights: Passionate Student Leaders: Mike and Kilton share stories of middle and high school students taking the lead in organizing club meetings and spreading the gospel on their campuses. Impact on Campus Culture: From organizing worship nights to leading Bible studies, students are making a tangible difference in their school communities by sharing the hope of Christ. Connection with Local Churches: Building strong connections between student-led clubs and local churches is key to sustaining and expanding the impact of First Priority. Practical Insights for Church Leaders: Mike and Kilton offer practical insights for church leaders on supporting and engaging with student-led initiatives, emphasizing the significance of youth empowerment and mentorship. Celebrating Transformative Stories: The episode features inspiring stories of students overcoming challenges, impacting their peers, and witnessing transformation in their school environments. For more information on the world of FP Miami-Dade and South Florida, visit https://firstpriority.cc/ or follow their Instagram @firstprioritysf. To hear more from Kilton, follow along on his Instagram @kiltonkess_  Thanks for listening!
Campus Calling: Rachel Gardiner's Heart for Reaching Students with the Gospel, Season 5. Ep. 13
09-04-2024
Campus Calling: Rachel Gardiner's Heart for Reaching Students with the Gospel, Season 5. Ep. 13
Join hosts Brad and Steve in an insightful conversation with Rachel Gardiner, a high school teacher turned First Priority Director in Johnston County. Together, they dive into Rachel's story, her passion for empowering students, and her vision for spreading the message of hope across campuses. Highlights:  Rachel's Transition: Rachel's journey from being a high school teacher to assuming the role of Executive Director of First Priority in Johnston County. Passion for Gospel: Rachel's innate passion for spreading the gospel, evident in her words and actions throughout her teaching career and current leadership role. Navigating Challenges: Insights into the challenges Rachel faced in bridging the gap between education and ministry, and how she overcame them to empower students effectively. Empowering Student Leaders: Rachel's commitment to empowering student leaders, instilling in them the confidence and tools needed to share the message of Christ on their campuses. Understanding Spiritual Climate: Rachel's perspective on the importance of understanding the spiritual climate of schools, and how it informs effective outreach strategies. Personal Growth: Reflections on Rachel's personal growth and development as she transitioned into her role at First Priority, navigating obstacles and seizing opportunities along the way. Vision for Expansion: Rachel's vision for expanding First Priority's reach, both within Johnston County and beyond, driven by a desire to see more students impacted by the hope of Christ.
Breaking Through Ceilings: Business Wisdom for Ministry Growth with Joseph Daley | Season 5, Ep. 11
26-03-2024
Breaking Through Ceilings: Business Wisdom for Ministry Growth with Joseph Daley | Season 5, Ep. 11
In this episode of The First Priority Podcast, host Brad Schelling sits down with Joseph Daley, a former FP student leader turned real estate agent and board member of First Priority Birmingham. Reflecting on Joseph's longstanding journey within the organization, Brad and Joseph discuss First Priority and its impact on youth leadership and spiritual growth. Highlights: Joseph shares his experience as a student leader in First Priority, inspired by the guidance of Debbie DeBoer, his area director.The conversation explores the challenges and lessons learned in navigating cultural shifts within high school communities.Joseph discusses his transition from student leadership to board membership and his ongoing commitment to serving campus communities.Brad and Joseph emphasize the importance of mentorship and succession planning in nurturing the next generation of leaders within organizations like First Priority, ensuring a legacy of positive change.He shares personal experiences from his journey in business, highlighting the crucial role of hiring and partnering with others to overcome limitations and achieve growth.The discussion delves into the concept of leveraging strengths and partnerships, both in business and ministry, to foster growth and overcome challenges.Joseph offers advice for individuals considering involvement in First Priority or similar initiatives, stressing the importance of understanding the organization's vision, identifying personal contributions, and persevering through challenges with faith and endurance.The conversation concludes with insights on the spiritual aspect of leadership and the power of prioritizing a deeper relationship with God amidst life's distractions. Join Brad and Joseph as they celebrate the resilience and enduring impact of First Priority in empowering youth and fostering community change.
Building Networks for Impact, a Conversation with Mark Robbins | Season 5, Ep. 10
12-03-2024
Building Networks for Impact, a Conversation with Mark Robbins | Season 5, Ep. 10
In this episode of the First Priority podcast, host Brad Schelling sits down with Mark Robbins, president of First Priority of America, for an insightful conversation about the importance of building networks in the context of ministry and community impact. Mark shares his journey with First Priority, highlighting the growth and impact of the organization over the years. Key Highlights: Introducing Mark Robbins: Mark shares his background and journey with First Priority, emphasizing his passion for empowering students and communities. Milestones and Growth: The episode celebrates First Priority reaching a significant milestone of a thousand clubs, reflecting on the impact of the organization's growth and the number of students reached with the gospel. Community and Business Leaders: Mark and Brad discuss the pivotal role of business and community leaders in supporting and advancing the mission of First Priority. They highlight the importance of networking and building relationships with key influencers to drive positive change in communities. Encouragement for New Directors: Mark offers words of encouragement for new directors and leaders entering the realm of student ministry, emphasizing the significance of trusting in God's plan, being confident in one's purpose, and persevering through challenges in fundraising. Stay Connected: Stay updated with the latest news and events from First Priority by visiting our website and following us on social media. Don't miss out on opportunities to make a difference in your community! First Priority WebsiteScholarship ApplicationSpring Meeting Registration - DecaturSpring Meeting Registration - South Florida Thank you for tuning in to this episode of the Priority podcast. Be sure to subscribe and stay tuned for more inspiring conversations and updates from First Priority. Until next time, keep making a difference in your world!
Church-Based Training: Equipping Church Leaders for Student Ministry | Season 5, Ep. 5
06-02-2024
Church-Based Training: Equipping Church Leaders for Student Ministry | Season 5, Ep. 5
In today's episode, we're excited to explore the crucial role of church-based training in equipping leaders for school ministry. This is part of our new series on our Essential Networks, where each month we unpack one of the five key elements. Today, we're zooming in on the church, detailing the proven process and offering an essential network overview. Our focus is on church leaders and their pivotal role in the context of school ministry. These leaders play a key part in the First Priority model.  We'll start by providing an overview of what FP church-based leaders are and how they fit into the larger framework. Understanding their role is essential for creating effective and impactful connections between the church and the club. In our next episode, tune in as we hear directly from Larry, a Campus Coach at Christiana Middle School. Larry will share insights, experiences, and perspectives on the topic, providing a real-world perspective on the role of church leaders in school ministry. Join us next week as we continue this important conversation on Church-Based Training. Remember, these discussions are not just informative but serve as a source of inspiration and practical guidance for anyone involved in FP.  - Brad Schelling is the EVP of Operations at First Priority of America and Steve Cherrico is the Executive Director of FP Greater Nashville as well as a Regional Manager for FPoA. You can read more about them here.