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Brad Schelling

FP Podcast Episode 44: Round Table on Fundraising with Larry Franks

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Larry Franks Executive Director FP Decatur

After 25 years of serving on staff in the local church, Larry Franks became the Executive Director of First Priority of Greater Decatur in November 2014. He served as the City Director for Greater Decatur for a number of years before coming on board as the Executive Director. His heart’s passion is to see students come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and for them to realize that there is HOPE. Larry has enjoyed watching God grow First Priority in Morgan and Lawrence counties from its beginning in 2009 on 18 campuses to currently being on 54 campuses. There have been over 4,800 students say YES to the HOPE of Christ on the public school campus over the last 9 years. Larry was recently awarded the Lynn C Fowler Non-Profit Professional of the Year by the Decatur-Morgan Chamber of Commerce. First Priority of Greater Decatur was also awarded the Non-Profit of the Year by the Decatur City School System. Clothe Our Kids received the Non-Profit of the Year by the Decatur City School System in 2019. Larry is married to Jessica (33 years) and has two daughters, Chelsea (27) and Hannah (21). He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.

FP Podcast Episode 43: Virtual Clubs

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Greg Davis FP Birmingham President

Greg is a lifetime Birmingham area resident and ministry leader. He has been on staff with First Priority since 1996 after volunteering with the ministry for several years.  He has led First Priority movements both locally and nationally. Greg first served as a campus guide, and area director before serving as  Executive Director and continues today as President overseeing fiduciary and ministry operations. He hosted Priority Talk, a daily Christian based radio show from 2010-2018, and has written for Birmingham Christian Family Magazine and frequently represents First Priority in the community in the media.

Greg received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in secondary education and a Master’s of Divinity from New Orleans Theological Seminary. Greg has been a popular speaker for many churches, camps and conferences for nearly three decades; in fact chances are that Greg has been to your church or campus!

Greg resides in Gardendale, Ala. with his wife Sandi, and two children, Trent and Meagan.

FP Podcast Episode 42: Dave Gibson

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Dave Gibson, Executive Director Go2020 USA

Dave Gibson has over 40 years of local, national, and international ministry leadership experience. He currently serves as Executive Director of Go2020 USA and Go2020 Global Leadership Team.  Dave is the Senior Director of Missions & Evangelism at Grace Church of Eden Prairie, MN for over 30 years. Dave has also served as the Executive VP of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Executive Director of Mission America, and began in occupational ministry with Midwest Challenge. 

Dave and his wife Wendy have 5 children and 7 grandchildren

FP Podcast Episode 41: Hayden Roberts

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Hayden Roberts, Student Pastor at Lifepoint Church

Hayden has been around the world of ministry his whole life with an itinerant speaker and church leader for a father. Hayden felt a divine appointment to ministry his senior year of High School and has been involved on staff for multiple churches and ministries ever since. He has a beautiful wife named Shannon and has a lab mix named Zion. He loves Students and desires to see them use their gifts and talents to further the kingdom of God. His hobbies include trying new hobbies and doing basically anything but board games.

FP Podcast Episode 40: Gospel Conversations

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First Priority Director of Ministry

Brad serves as our Director of Expansion. He spends most of his day working with the new FP coordinators, alongside Mark Roberts. Brad’s goal is to help local communities take the appropriate steps to create a spiritual movement around their middle and high schools. He has been in student ministry since 1997, served as a First Priority campus coach starting in 2001, and joined staff with FPOA in 2008. He helped get FP of the Great Plains (SD/IA) off the ground before moving his family to Nashville, TN to be strategic in his work with First Priority. Brad, with his wife Erika and four children attend Church of the City in Spring Hill.

FP Podcast Episode 39: Student Led Ministry

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Steve Cherrico Executive Director FP Greater Nashville

Steve Cherrico is the Executive Director of First Priority Greater Nashville. Each day he works to equip, cross-train and serve the local Church throughout 9 counties in Greater Nashville. His goal is to help the local church unite around a plan of action so that every student in every school in this region experiences the Hope of Christ from a peer on their school campus.

Steve has been married to his wife Jessi since 1998. They have 3 children ages 15 (Justus), 12 (Nathan) and  8 (Corina). In his free time, Steve enjoys coaching his kids youth sport teams, supporting international missions teams, reading and participating in recreational sports.

FP Podcast Episode 38: Is it legal for students to gather at school to share the Gospel?

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Brad Schelling Director of Ministry

Brad serves as our Director of Expansion. He spends most of his day working with the new FP coordinators, alongside Mark Roberts. Brad’s goal is to help local communities take the appropriate steps to create a spiritual movement around their middle and high schools. He has been in student ministry since 1997, served as a First Priority campus coach starting in 2001, and joined staff with FPOA in 2008. He helped get FP of the Great Plains (SD/IA) off the ground before moving his family to Nashville, TN to be strategic in his work with First Priority. Brad, with his wife Erika and four children attend Church of the City in Spring Hill.

FP Podcast Episode 37: Church Networking

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Steve Cherrico, Executive Director FP Greater Nashville

Steve Cherrico is the Executive Director of First Priority Greater Nashville. Each day he works to equip, cross-train and serve the local Church throughout 9 counties in Greater Nashville. His goal is to help the local church unite around a plan of action so that every student in every school in this region experiences the Hope of Christ from a peer on their school campus.

Steve has been married to his wife Jessi since 1998. They have 3 children ages 15 (Justus), 12 (Nathan) and  8 (Corina). In his free time, Steve enjoys coaching his kids youth sport teams, supporting international missions teams, reading and participating in recreational sports.

FP Podcast Episode 36: “How do we reach young men in a culture that promotes isolation every single day”

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Kore Bendix, Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism

Kore Bendix is the Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia – a suburb of Washington, DC.  Kore has served in multiple positions within churches large and small in his 17 years of ministry, but his greatest passion is helping young people discover how extravagant and audacious the grace of Jesus is.
He met and married his beautiful wife Heather 18 years ago while studying at Liberty University and has four children ranging from 16 to 10.  He recently completed his Masters in Theological Studies at Regent University and fancies himself a wanna-be athlete even though he’s getting ancient, having completed several half ironman races along with two Marathon finishes.

One statement that changed my life, made it easier to say ‘no’, and brought me comfort.

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You know the statement I am talking about. It’s the comment that is made by someone that I cannot remember where or when, if I read it or heard it, or what I was putting off at the moment…but I remember the statement clearly. It is ingrained into my subconscious and rises at inopportune times of the day and night and subtly shifts the course of my entire life. But who said it? And why has it made such a lasting impact on my life? You know the statements I am talking about. You’ve had various statements like that change your life as well. Here is one of mine:

If I do not have time to get this done right now, what makes me think I will have time tomorrow?

I am sure that whatever I was putting off that day was going to be pretty boring, but I have no idea why it stuck. But it did. And it’s changed my life. For months after my subconscious burned this statement into my soul, I’d find myself at a moment in my day when I’d typically say, “Oh, I’ll do that later.” only to be followed up with “When later?” Stink!! #busted

Now I’ve gone back and forth with this internal battle. Like a typical teenager living in a 44-year-old body, I’d rebel and still not do what needed to be done. I’d lip off (yes to myself). I would finally walk away only to be drawn back by my 44-year-old self knowing that it wouldn’t be more fun tomorrow. 

What I have learned about myself in this process is interesting. What it comes down to for me is less about time management and more about personal priority. What do I want in life? What I want in life needs to happen today! So, I go through a series of questions now when I find myself in this moment of conflict asking myself if I want to do something right now: Does this NEED to be done? If yes, just do it now so it’s over. I found that having things pile up caused more stress and anxiety in me than I realized.  How did I realize that? I ended a few days without a pile of things I needed to do tomorrow. My second question is, ‘Do I want to do it?’ If yes, then why not have the joy of getting this done now? I found that so many things that I was putting off were actually things that I wanted to do and found joy in. So why not get some instant gratification?

One of the most profound things I came to realize is that I was putting a LOT of pressure on myself to do things that didn’t NEED to be done and that I did not WANT to do. So why do them? I don’t anymore. I didn’t do it then either. The difference now is that those items no longer make my to do list which is where the stress and anxiety came from. 

You might be saying, ‘Brad, you are way too complex and make life way too difficult.’  That may be true, but life is way easier now that I’ve learned that I have time to do what is a priority right now. I hope the same can be true for you.