After 4 decades of Youth Leadership, Jeff Grenell founded ythology to raise the level of Youth Leadership. ythology exists to educate, resource, and inspire youth and to train youth leaders to prepare the NextGen to lead in the Church and the world. Jeff has also written the book, #IfJobHadTwitter: When Hardship Hits the Palace
The school year has started for some and is quickly approaching for others. As clubs start getting ready to launch we wanted to share one of the evangelism tools from the Hope Weekly Guide. Below is an excerpt from the first Help Week explaining how to use this tool. You can find the whole Help Week explanation here.
Now that we know that Jesus is the only way to God, how do we use the “One Way” Help Tool to start a conversation with God and share the Good News? Place the sticker on your folder, binder, phone case, or item that is visible to others. When your classmates, teachers, or parents ask you what the sticker means, you can respond with excitement, “I am so glad you asked” and share about our key verse, John 14:6, “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Tell how Jesus is the “one way” to a relationship with God now and forever. Then, share your story of beginning a relationship with Jesus.
Jeff Stanford is the Lead Director for First Priority in Palm Beach County. He is a 20 year student ministry veteran, having served 12 years full time in the local church and the last 8 with First Priority. He also serves as a middle school guys group leader at Coastal Life Church in Palm City, FL.
Jeff has been married to Brandi for 20 years and has 2 kids Courtney (17) and Austin (12). He is a proud alum of Liberty University and Liberty Theological Seminary. His passion is helping students get equipped, encouraged and engaged in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
New podcasts have been uploaded every week for the last 12 weeks! Are you listening? There has been some great content from a variety of guests and we have enjoyed and been challenged by the things they have shared.
We also want to hear from you! Do you have any idea for the podcast or know someone who would be a great guest to have on the show? Let us know!
Dr. Penley evaluates charities for Excellence in Giving clients donating a combined $51 million annually. He manages the deal flow for the Kingdom Giving Fund launched in 2019 to invest transformative gifts of $1-$5 million in professionally vetted ministry projects that accelerate measurable and sustainable impact. He has refined methods for nonprofit due diligence and completed on-site evaluations in a dozen countries around the world. Dr. Penley specializes in designing outcome measurement systems for internal and external reporting of program effectiveness. He is a regular contributor to philanthropy magazines like the Stanford Social Innovation Review and a speaker at venues like the Yale Philanthropy Conference or Christian Leadership Association. Dr. Penley’s ability to identify indicators of mission failure or success allows those he advises to support high-performing charities making the difference they want to fund. Learn more about his work at www.ExcellenceinGiving.com. And read the book he wrote about Reenacting the Way (of Jesus) based on his PhD in the historical context of the Bible or the blogs he writes at www.ReenactingtheWay.com.
Happy August first!! What?!? Summer camps are starting to wind down, mission trips are in the bag, and some of your students are fired up about making a difference on their school campus.
If you don’t already have a First Priority club in your community, we put together a booklet to help local churches reach the schools near them. This is our 2019-2020 version and is based on 25+ years of campus ministry. It is meant to be used by churches or a network of churches.
Sign up for our free FP Webinar and we will get you the guide as you prepare for the school year. Can you imagine when your students start reaching their friends for Christ at school? We can too!
You can sign up here
Jeff Deyo (@jeffdeyo) is a worship leader, author, recording artist, songwriter, speaker, podcaster, and professor who could eat Mexican food for every meal! He is known internationally as the former lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning group, Sonicflood, and lives to help people grow closer to God.
He recently released his first book, Awakening Pure Worship, worldwide through Destiny Image Publishers, and he is the creator of the Pure Worship Podcast and the Pure Worship Institute, a refreshing worship conference designed to equip and empower singers and musicians. He holds the high honor of being a professor at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, and he is one of the worship pastors at Celebration Church in Lakeville, MN. He travels extensively leading worship, speaking, and coaching worship teams, and he has been happily married to his college sweetheart, Martha, since 1992. Together, they have four beautiful children, Roman, Evan, Channing, and Clara as well as two pet leopard geckos, two beta fish, and one mouse named Raton.
Scott Emerine, M.Sc., is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Branding Iron Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations, a full-service agency with expertise in financial, health care and aviation marketing. As Co-Owner of Branding Iron, Emerine manages media relations and public relations for clients throughout the world. Emerine’s clients have been featured in some of the largest media outlets in the world.
Scott received his Master of Science Degree in Health Care Communications in 2010 from Boston University and was in the inaugural graduating class. He received his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts University.
He resides in Bristol, Tennessee with his wife Joy and their three sons, two of which are First Priority leaders. He is a Church of God Ordained Bishop and serves as Associate Pastor at Covenant Fellowship in Bristol, Virginia. He has served as the President of the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee Board of Directors, served as Chair of Public Relations for the American Advertising Federation District 7, was Chairman of the Board for the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Board for First Priority Blue Ridge.
Emerine currently serves on the executive board for the United Way of Bristol TN/VA, is Chairman of First Priority Blue Ridge, serves as the Bristol TN/VA Area Director for First Priority Blue Ridge and the Bristol Morning Rotary Club. He also serves as the Vice Chairmen of the Board for Covenant Fellowship.
– Music by Ron Sorbo, Antioch, TN
Whether school for you starts on August 10 or September 10, the school year is quickly approaching. One thing that we can all do to kick the year off to a good start for our schools is to pray. In Tennessee, the state government made a law that the weekend before school starts is to be the ‘Weekend of Prayer Over Students’. We use that law (that doesn’t do much) as an excuse to rally parents, teachers, and area churches to set a day/time that weekend to pray together. We want to encourage you as well to find ways to be praying for your schools, students, teachers and administration. Click the image to listen to Haley Wherry, FP Director of Blue Ridge talk about the 2019 Tennessee weekend of prayer.
God calls us to pray. Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” We want to constantly be in prayer for these students who are the leaders of our future. It is our job to support and encourage them to be who God has called them to be.
Greg Stier is the founder and president of Dare 2 Share ministries. Greg has a reputation for knowing and relating to today’s teens in unique and effective ways. Because of his 25+ years in youth ministry, Greg is widely viewed as an authority on teen issues and adolescent spirituality. Over the course of the last 20 years, Greg has spoken to over 1,000,000 teens in major venues across the nation and heard countless stories of their struggles and triumphs.
Greg’s commitment to mobilizing teenagers to reach their generation for Christ is rooted in the transforming power of the gospel. Raised in a violent, inner-city family of body-builders, he never had a dad and never felt like he measured up because his biceps weren’t big enough! But one by one, he saw his tough, urban family of “thugs” come to know Christ. And that ignited a passion in Greg to see all lost people come to know Jesus.
Living just minutes away from the scene of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in the Denver area, the tragedy triggered a pivotal turning point in Greg’s career. Following those events, he resigned a pastorate at a church in Arvada, Colorado, to pursue Dare 2 Share (D2S) full-time. Since then, Greg and the ministry of D2S have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousand teenagers across the country, motivating and equipping them to relationally reach out to those who don’t know Jesus with the gospel message of hope.