Youth Development

First Priority of St. Louis Metro East

O'Fallon, IL   |  www.fp618.com

Mission

First Priority unites local churches in Metro East area of St. Louis with a strategy for sharing the hope of Christ on campus.

Ruling year info

2017

Area Director

Sean Hall

Main address

Box 363

O'Fallon, IL 62269 USA

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EIN

81-4126403

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Students often feel unequipped, embarrassed, and alone when it comes to sharing their faith with their peers. We believe students should view their schools as a mission field that they are capable of reaching through their relationships and influence. First Priority serves students by equipping, resourcing, and providing a platform for them to reach their friends with the Gospel through campus clubs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Campus Clubs

Students lead a campus club to share the faith story, share the gospel message, and serve their school.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$1,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

To educate, train, and provide resources for Christian students to legally form clubs and share the gospel with unbelieving students on the public school campus.

The 1984 Equal Access Act gives students the right to initiate and lead a Christian club on campus. When students start a club, we send them one of our church-approved youth workers to coach them on how to reach their campus for Christ. The success of First Priority begins and ends with the local church. The students, youth pastors & faculty sponsors that partner with us all belong to a local congregation. Once a student receives Christ on campus, they are encouraged to connect to the body of Christ where they can grow in their new faith.

We walk alongside students as they take the steps needed to get a club approved by the administration at their school. We form relationships with local churches so that we can provide a church leader as a "Campus Coach" for each club that will help train and equip the students. We find connections in area schools so a "Teacher Sponsor" can be found that is willing to host the club each week in their classroom. We train students how to run /lead a club and how to effectively and relevantly share the gospel as well as resource them with everything they need for a successful club.

Progress means that students are stepping up to take ownership and lead their club, new students are being invited to attend clubs and are hearing and responding to the gospel, and new school clubs are being formed.

As of the Spring of 2019, we have 13 clubs at 12 different schools across the Metro East, united 55 local churches, and trained 185 student leaders. We have a number of schools that are in the process of starting a club by Fall of 2019 and even more that we are making connections with and praying for that process to begin.

Financials

First Priority of St. Louis Metro East
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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First Priority of St. Louis Metro East

Board of directors
as of 11/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shannon Schmidt

Steve Entrekin

Marjie Simms

James Hitchcock

Morgan Liegh

Shannon Schmidt

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

club leadership