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Let’s Bring First Place for Health to Your Church

As a First Place for Health leader, you have the awesome privilege to witness lives radically changed as your members learn what it means to give Christ first place emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. Your class members will lose weight and learn how to exercise, but the deepest life change can occur when Jesus Christ becomes Lord in their lives.

To begin your program, follow these easy steps:

1) Identify a location for your group meetings.

Enthusiasm is the primary qualification for becoming a First Place for Health group leader. While leaders are not required to be at their goal weight before leading a class, they should be following the program and moving toward their goal weight as an example to the group.

Many First Place for Health programs are hosted by a church. If your church does not have a group, ask your pastor or another local pastor about hosting the First Place for Health ministry. Communicate that the ministry is a biblically based and medically trustworthy wellness program. It can be used as an outreach tool and a discipleship model. Programs can be scheduled in 12-week sessions, with weekly meetings of one hour and 15 minutes.

Meetings can also be held in homes, neighborhood centers, campuses, hospitals or the workplace. Be sure to discuss possible meeting days and times, requirements and expectations for proper care of the facilities, and the availability and cost of childcare.

Once they have reviewed your proposal and information, take time to pray, then follow-up. When you get the go-ahead, it’s time to review your My Place Leader’s Kit.

2) Purchase the First Place for Health leader materials.

The My Place Leader’s Kit contains everything you need to confidently lead your group. We’ve included in the Leader’s Kit the contents of the My Place Member’s Kit with a recommended Bible Study.

Also included in the Leader’s Kit is My Place for Leadership, your essential guide to lead your group in a transformative time of learning and genuine community. We’ve designed it to be simple and easy to follow with practical lesson plans, document samples, and reproducible forms. The digital downloads provide content and videos to use during your meetings.

The default Bible study, Forever Changed, is included in the Member’s and Leader’s Kits. For each session, the leader will need to choose a new Bible study for the group. First Place for Health continually releases and retires our inventory of Bible studies. Check our website for the bible studies available.

3 Publicize and promote your group.

Once you know the where and when of your First Place for Health group(s) and have scheduled your informational meeting, you can begin publicizing your group. Get creative! My Place for Leadership is full of tips on how to get the word out. Be sure and register your group on the First Place for Health website. Register your group.

4 Have members purchase the necessary materials

When you have a leader and a group of individuals interested in starting the program, each new member will need the My Place Member’s Kit which includes a bible study. The Member’s Kit is a one-time purchase and contains everything the individual members in your group need to succeed. Each returning member needs only the First Place for Health Bible study selected for the upcoming session.

5 Determine if additional fees are required.

The most successful ministries plan for future expenses. Consider charging individuals an additional administration fee per 12-week session of $10-20. Future expenses might include: a reliable scale for weigh-ins, leader materials, incentive awards, victory celebrations, leadership training, and other miscellaneous items used during the meetings. Some groups may want to consider adding childcare and scholarship costs to their program as well. First Place for Health advises leaders to consult with their pastor or other church officials to determine the registration fee to be collected from each member.

6 Encourage members to register as a Member on the My Place for Health section of our website.

To enhance the success of each member’s First Place for Health experience, members are encouraged to register as a member on the My Place for Health website. As a member, they can subscribe to the First Place for Health newsletter, log their measurements, weights, and other personal information. This valuable online resource supplements learning, provides resources, healthy recipes, and inspires members to keep Christ in first place. Subscribe as a My Place for Health Member!

Who can be a First Place for Health leader?

Anyone willing to allow Christ to lead them, and can lead a First Place for Health group. It’s vital to remember that Jesus is the real leader of “your” group. “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6). Don’t allow the enemy to discourage your desire to follow God’s promptings. Jesus uses ordinary people to do the extraordinary. You can confidently say, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, New Living Translation). 

What does the leader need?

The My Place Leader’s Kit contains everything you need to confidently lead your group. We’ve included in the Leader’s Kit the contents of the My Place Member’s Kit with a recommended Bible Study.

Also included in the Leader’s Kit is My Place for Leadership, your essential guide to lead your group in a transformative time of learning and genuine community. We’ve designed it to be simple and easy to follow with practical lesson plans, document samples, and reproducible forms. The digital downloads provide content and videos to use during your meetings. 

What does the member need?

All members need the My Place Member’s Kit which includes a bible study, along with resources for nutrition, fitness, the basics about First Place for Health, and discovery of the triggers behind unhealthy habits. Members who have previously purchased the My Place Member’s Kit will continue to use their Member’s Kit contents and only need a new Bible study for each subsequent session. The leader will choose the Bible study for each session.

Where do I get support?

We accomplish this through a huge volunteer team of Regional Team Leaders who each oversee multiple states, dozens of Networking Leaders who oversee defined areas of states, and thousands of Local Leaders who lead First Place for Health groups throughout the world.

These men and women are the ones who respond to the need for Christ-centered weight-loss and wellness in their community. The First Place for Health Ministry would not exist if not for the dedicated work of these volunteers. To find a Regional or Networking Leader for your area, go here: Networking Leaders