What is NextGen?

Traditional Ministry

Traditional Ministry is compartmentalized and does not smoothly transition children from one life stage to the next.

NextGen Ministry

NextGen is intentional in its approach to transitioning students, creating synergy and equipping parents.

The Next Generations Ministry brings together Preschool, Children and Student Ministries (at the Loop) to accomplish three things:

  1. Smooth transitions from one stage to the next for parents and children.
  2. Aligned values and purposes that promote synergy between the stages of childhood to provide a better relationship between church and home.
  3. Focused energy on supporting and equipping parents to disciple well.
WHAT TO EXPECT

Grow @ Home

Grow at Home

Grow@Home is a churchwide commitment to encourage spiritual growth at home. Spiritual training at home and regular attendance at Life Bible Study and Milestones at Houston’s First lay the foundation for a deep and lasting faith. The goal of NextGen Ministry is to aid families in becoming the primary disciplemakers of their children.

NextGen wants to help families of kids 18 and under to G@H through . . .

G@H Celebrations

Events that celebrate the impact of growth at church and in the home. 

Parent Commitment (infants through 12 months)

The Loop — Sun, May 17 and Oct 18
Cypress — Sun, May 10
Sienna — Sun, May 10
Contact:  or 713-957-7612

1st Grade Bible Presentation

The Loop — Sun, May 17
Sienna — Sun, May 17 
Contact: or 713-957-7621

Welcome to the HUB (kids entering 6th grade)

The Loop — Sun, Aug 16 
Contact: or 713-957-7631

G@H Parent Path

A path of resources (books, classes, seminars and conferences) to equip parents to  disciple their children.

Parent Path Books

Preschool (birth to K)

  • Boundaries for Kids 
  • Growing Up Social 
  • Grace-Based Parenting 
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Children’s (1st – 5th Grade)

  • 5 Conversations You Must have with your Son/Daughter 
  • Impress Faith on Your Kids 
  • Raising Kids for True Greatness 
  • Visionary Parenting

Student’s (6th – 12th Grade)

  • Accelerate: Parenting Teens Toward Adulthood 
  • Artificial Maturity 
  • Parenting by Design 
  • Tech Savvy Parenting
Parent Path Milestones Classes
Seminars and Conferences

Coming Soon

G@H Experiences

One-day or weekend events designed for parents to teach a value (service, purity, responsibility, etc.) in a way that is interactive and fun.

4th Grade: Passport 2 Purity — Spring 2016
8th Grade: Outback Texas — May 15-16, 2015
10th Grade: Rite of Passage Weekend — Spring 2016

Here’s our TOP Five list of how to start making disciples of your child:

  1. Use dinner time to pray and to talk about spiritual things.
  2. Encourage them to read their Bible (or read to them) each day and plan a weekly time to discuss what your family is learning.
  3. Ask how you can pray for them and then do!
  4. Encourage them to talk about their faith as part of their everyday experiences.
  5. Fall in love with Jesus yourself and share that experience with your son or daughter.


Resources for Parents

30 Day Calendar to Pray for your Children - Text "pray4kids" to 72717 to begin your journey!

Preschoolers (Birth–K)

Books

Children (1st–5th Grade)

Books
Devotionals for Kids:
Enewsletters
  • Family Connect - Weekly email on Sundays from the First Kids Staff which contains: Iparent podcast and Life Bible Study material to help parents connect Sunday to Sunday. Email to start receiving this resource.
  • Splink - It’s a FREE weekly email packed with ideas to help connect your family. Splinks are creative ways of interacting with your children through the use of faith talks, devotional starters and ideas for family time.

Teenagers (6th–12th Grade)

Books

NextGen Staff

The Loop

Doug Bischoff

Next Generations Minister

Email me

713.957.7650

Melinda Scurlock

Director of Preschool & Kindergarten Ministries

Email me

713.957.7612

Chad Overton

Minister to Children

Email me

713.957.7625

Justin Holcomb

Minister to Students

Email me

713.957.7633

Cypress

Erin Ruddle

Cypress Campus Director of Preschool & Children's Ministries

Email me

713.863.4113

Patrick Simpson

Cypress Campus Children's Ministry Asst

Email me

713.863.4114

Josh Ganjavi

Cypress Campus Minister to Students

Email me

713.863.4115

Kaylyn Sinclair

Student Ministry Assistant

Email me

713.863.4119

Downtown

Kristin Fowles

Downtown Campus Preschool Director

Email me

281.459.0959

Sienna

Jordan Floro

Sienna Student Minister

Email me

713.865.7685

Katie Walker

Sienna Children's Ministry Assistant

Email me

713.865.7684

Cara Buis

Sienna Campus Preschool Ministry Director

Email me

713.865.7670