First Priority of Greater Decatur is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in our community as a strategic partnership of churches, ministers, business people, parents and students who are concerned about the moral and spiritual well-being of students. We help to train and mentor future leaders, provide positive peer groups for students on elementary, intermediate, middle and high school campuses across the area. The vision of First Priority Greater Decatur is to see the hope of Christ in every student before they graduate high school.
First Priority Greater Decatur began in 2009 with a group of local student ministers who had a heart to see more students exposed to the gospel. Over the years to follow, First Priority of Greater Decatur has exploded with growth and the vision has spread throughout our communities. We now serve 54 campuses on Morgan, Lawrence, and Cullman counties.
In 2012, with the culture changing and fewer students attending our local churches, First Priority began working with parents and local churches to establish campus clubs in elementary schools as well that would expose children to the teachings of Jesus. Priority Kids is a strategy for churches and parents to partner together around schools to empower elementary students to influence their school with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Priority Kids curriculum consists of a four step teaching methodology: Read It, See It, Live It, Tell It. Each month, students Read and learn what Jesus Said; they See how His teaching changes them and the marks it leaves on them; they experience real ways to Live out the truth with love; and they encourage each other to Tell others about Jesus. Priority Kids is taking God’s Word and putting it into action on campus.
In 2019, First Priority of Greater Decatur expanded their ministry reach and Clothe Our Kids of N Alabama became a part of the ministry of First Priority of Greater Decatur, helping us to not only meet the spiritual needs of the students in our schools but also the physical needs as well. This ministry is closed to the public. If a child has a need for clothing, they can contact their school office or school counselor and they will get that need to us. Thousands have students have been clothed to date by this ministry.