Houston is a very big city, it is a very diverse city. This means we have lots and lots of people, and lots of different people. I think this is important in a Christian Life because otherwise a Church can easily become just "The Church of US and a handful of folks who agree with us and everyone else is going to Hell." That's not a good way to be. Jesus did not call us to look down our noses at others.
These are just a few of the Churches in Houston.
Lakewood is, of course, the largest church in America. They bought the Compaq Center (where the Houston Rockets Basketball team used to play) and converted it to a church. They can have up to 18,000 people at the same service.
2nd Baptist has a slighty different approach, they have 5 campuses around town instead of one big one, and on Christmas and Easter they rent out the stadium where the Houston Astros (our baseball team) plays.
My personal favorite (Fellowship of the Woodlands) just does a ton of services for the Hollidays They do like 18 different Easter services.
I like the big churches for a couple of reasons. One is that a big church has a lot of swat. They can mobilize a lot of money and have a lot of resources to help people. If you are having a problem in your marriage, your family, your job, you can go to the Church and someone can help you... not just give you the phone number of county social services.
This is especially true when it comes to youth and kids programs. A large church not only has the resources to create a really cool youth group, they also have enough people that they can have a really LARGE youth group. A big youth group means the youth group can become the kids peer group of choice, with a lot of friends and things to do, and the kids will think it is "cool" and WANT to belong. (Where else in the world will you find a CHRISTIAN peer group for teens these days?) So instead of a "lame-o" Church youth group that consists of five really geeky kids who's parents are WAY to strict that nobody wants to belong to; in some of the Houston suburbs the wierd kids are the ones who AREN'T in Church youth groups.
Because Houston has so many Churches, and especially so many big churches, we have a strong religious presence in life in general. There is a strong Christian presence in life in general, and a respect for religion you won't see in other big cities. For example we have several Christian radio stations.
and there are too many Catholic and Christian schools to even try to name.
Also, and this is very important, Houston has JOBS. Lots of jobs. Love of money is the root of all evil, but that doesn't mean God demands you be poor all the time. You can't be a very sucessful family if nobody has a job, and Houston is a great place to find a job right now.
Housing is dirt cheap too.
Also, if you live in Texas you get access to the Texas State University system, probably the best educational value for the dollar on the planet. U.T., Texas A&M, and even University of Houston are excellent schools, but because oil was discovered on the lands set aside for the University System back in the 1930's, the tuition is still very cheap for state residents.
We also have a ton of museums
and a symphony orchestra
and the Texas Medical Center
the biggest rodeo this side of the Galactic Center
and a good pro basketball team,
an excellent pro soccer team
a Baseball team that is suffering
and a football team that is... well we don't talk about the Texans much. I mean people in Texas LOVE High School football, we just don't like it when our pro team plays it.
So you don't have to give up all the advantages of a big city life just to live in a Christian envornment.
Now there are some downsides. Houston is a big city, so we have crime, we have bad neighborhoods, (about 30?ore of both since we took in all the Hurricane Katrina refugees) and we have polution. Sometimes a lot of polution. It can be HOT in the summer and miserable. It is FLAT here and I like it, but lots of people say it is ugly.
We have a lot of bars, but we also have a lot of resturants and nightlife. We are NOT theocracy and we are NOT like Calvin's Geneva. Like I said we are a big city with a strong Christian community, but we are still a big city. We have our fair share of nude bars (I won't send you the linkst to those) and we have drugs and we have a fair sized gay community; but in Houston even the Gay's go to church.
All in all I think Houston is by far the best place in America for a Christan family to live, that is why I chose to raise my kids here.