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Growing Our Souls

Aug 04, 2018

At Houston’s First, we gather our hearts in worship services and special events, and we give our lives through missions, volunteering, prayer, evangelism, and finances. We also grow our souls, and our Grow Strategy was designed to help us deepen our walk with Christ, be transformed by His likeness, surrender further to His Lordship, thirst for His Word, and love Him more deeply.

The primary tools of our Grow Strategy are Life Bible Studies and Milestones. As the school year gets underway, the Houston’s First family is encouraged to “go back to school” and take advantage of these opportunities to discover, learn, and grow — and connect with others.

Life Bible Studies

Life Bible Studies are weekly gatherings available for all ages. Once referred to as Sunday School, they offer a place for regular study of the Bible. Beyond that, Life Bible Studies help make our large church feel smaller. This is where friendships are made and community is formed. Your fellow LIfe Bible Study members are there to celebrate each other’s victories, comfort each other in times of loss, and encourage each other through life’s challenges.

What's Available?

Across our five campuses, there are approximately 296 Life Bible Studies. Of those, 137 are for people over the age of 18. Life Bible Studies are provided by our Grow Team ministries. While there may not be specific Life Bible Studies for each age or stage of life at every campus, staff members and volunteers can help you find one to attend!

  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Children
  • Students
  • Special Needs
  • College
  • Young Single Adults
  • Single Adults
  • Single Parent Families
  • Married Young Adults
  • Adults (Late 30s-Mid 50s, 56-75, 76+)
  • Men
  • Women

To explore the options at your campus, go to the directory available here.

Who Can Participate?

Life Bible Studies are open to all ages, regardless of whether you are a member of the church or not. All you have to do is show up!

Which Is Right For Me?

Guest Experience team and church staff members at your campus can point you to Life Bible Study options for you and your family members to consider.

They Give. We Grow.

Our Life Bible Studies and Milestones are led by volunteers who are giving life away so we can grow our souls.


Milestones is a framework for adult discipleship that extends beyond Life Bible Studies to equip people in a particular stage of life, crisis, or in general discipleship. This is accomplished through semester-long courses, one-time classes, and special events. Many Milestones take place at each campus during MidLink — our name for Wednesday evening programming — but they can also be offered on other days and times during the week.

What's Available?

About 70 different Milestones opportunities are offered during the fall 2018 semester across our five campuses. Here are a few examples reflecting the variety of topics:

  • 5 Love Languages
  • 12 Points That Show Christianity Is True
  • Birds & Bees: Oh Help Me Please!
  • Cultivating a Heart for Prayer
  • Discerning the Voice of God
  • Financial Peace University
  • Genesis: Precept Upon Precept
  • Goliath Must Fall
  • Legacy 685: Equipping and Sustaining Families
  • Loving Our Kids on Purpose
  • Modern Day Slavery: Fighting Human Trafficking in Our Backyard
  • Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
  • Practical Evangelism
  • Raising Grateful Children in an Entitled World
  • Roles of a Man
  • Special Dads / Special Moms

To explore the options at your campus, go to the directory available here.

Who Can Participate?

Milestones are open to church members and non-members. In fact, they are a great way to introduce somebody to Houston’s First and the life-changing power of the Gospel. You can participate in Milestones at any campus, regardless of which campus you attend on Sundays.

Which Is Right For Me?

Milestones address a wide variety of topics and needs, so the “right one” for you depends on where you are in life and in your relationship with Jesus.