This is a transcript from the You Tube video on the Street Bishops Channel
Hi, my name is Lance and I’m with three bishops, and this video was another in a series about starting your own ministry. Now, I’ve done some before, as you’ve seen at the Youtube channel and at the website, but what I’m providing here in this series is a really from beginning to end, my promise of what I can help you do, and instruction on elements steps you need to take to create your ministry. It’s a good five habits to follow while you’re doing your ministry, and beyond, so this one here is about you know what what what was my background or where they come from to get to where I am with our ministry today, so I’m gonna start with where we are today, and then I work backwards, so Street Bishop’s is a ministry that currently has. I’ll somewhere around twenty thousand members around the world that we’re all pastors who. I have wanted to start our own churches and who came here and received our nation and our instruction and or coachee. Now there are many more that did not get ordination through us, who just use our coaching and our resources to grow their ministry. So we’re really thriving ministry and were excited by what we do at St. Bishops, and you can stop by our website Street Bishop’s Dot Com. If you wanna check in and get on the mailing list,
but. It’s interesting where we started. We started twenty years ago now where I, but I’m going to go twenty years before that, so that was two thousand. Let’s go back to nineteen seventy, five, nineteen eighty, right, so I’m a teenager. This is before I had gone to the military and I was, and during that time and my family was attending a a false spirit Evangelical
church where we raise our hands and I did it, but. Everybody else was raising their hands and and praying out loud and all of that, I was always more of a more quiet inside kind of Christian, and so do and then I went into the military and then I went to college during the during the eighties and nineties do, and during the eighties and nineties, I
you know I got ordained and I began working in mystery as best I could, but I sort of found myself stuck. I had the ordination. I have a desire. And I kept looking at how other people their their ministry. He’s like I looked at specifically other ministries, and I will try to copy. But like okay, I’m looking with this person does doing. I’m going to try to copy that and I’m looking at with this person’s trying to do, and I’m going to copy that and then what I and so I did that for you know almost twenty years, and it just wasn’t working out for me Because what I found was was that even though I had been ordained, and I was at wind up to preach the gospel, and that I. I was just too much what other people were saying to me about me like they were being critical of me. They weren’t offering me information on how to start my ministry. It’s like they didn’t have time for that, but they had plenty of time to look at my life and how I live my life and what I thought, and how I argued apologetics and all this other stuff, They were all interested in the religion and how I was practicing religion and how it didn’t mesh with theirs and. I had to do how you added. You’ve got their way, and that I never got a the information that I find valuable today, right, so I was a youth pastor at a church and they were very open, narrows able to work with the youth and a very productive way, and then I was assistant pastor at two other churches, Hum, and I had an opportunity to to do religion right, but not during that. Twenty twenty five years before it was I engaging in what I found to be the most important piece of when you decide you want to have a ministry, And that is I wasn’t in touch with my vision of what my heart was telling me I need to do, and I mean I was telling people about Christ, but that wasn’t really. I mean I was doing that and that’s great to do and that’s always nice to do but. I don’t think I was doing it. Sometimes It’s the right time My timing was off. Not the right place and again I’ll try to follow other people were doing, but I wasn’t doing what was truly in my heart, and then one day I really heard Lord speak to me very very very loudly, and this was about ninety ninety five, and what the words that were put on my heart were Let me fill your sails. Let me fill your sails. I thought that was so interesting because I didn’t quite even understand what what it meant and I heard it twice and was so loud it almost knocked me down. I could hardly drive home. I was so shaken. I was looking out over the river and just sort of been feeling sorry for myself and these words came to me and I knew was God, go with your God, or that I was freaked out and crazy, and I need a psychologist, which till may be true, but these these words came it on my God, What I didn’t even have a conversation. Yeah, I said back to God was what cause I didn’t understand, but was met with a guy. Me. Let me fill your sails, so I talked to a friend for awhile, and over couple of weeks suddenly it all started to pour out the understanding of what those words meant for me. Let me fill your sails while I’m an old sailor, I’m from and eighty, and so it came to me within a context. I can understand each of us get our messages in a way that we understand within our context. And then I realized. Oh
you know was always the president of every club. I started a new fraternity. I was always the big man on campus. Always had the graduate student association. Cause I went to college, Luke twenty years in graduate school and master’s and Phd work, and I was always like the man guy who knew everything. The guy was in charge this charge of that, but I wasn’t in charge of my own spirituality, and when I came to found out as my own vision. And after I heard that voice said you’d let me fill your sails, something started to happen real fast and I don’t know if he can relate with any of this, but I’ll I’ll give it all to you. You can you can hear. As it comes to you first, I realized that what God was saying to me was I have no power. I have no power of my own,
but what I have control over is my ship of life, my spiritual and my physical ship of life. I can keep my sales mended.
I can keep myself ready, so that when the winds and power of God blows, I’m prepared. I am prepared, and so let me fill your sails, took one very important meeting, and still does to this day as soon as I start getting all high and mighty thinking. I’ve got the power. I think back that, and God was saying a time out bag. You don’t got the power.
You have a vision You have the ship to sail on, but only God has the power to fill those sales and give you steed and gets you somewhere in your vision. That was the first words ahead that really really started to touch me. Then one day and where I’m at work, working and all of a sudden I started getting visions. Now, Keep in mind. I wasn’t in the church at the time I was in college. We don’t go to church or like. We’re learn about science and things, and you know where did he learn other things and and church and religiosity was not on my mind. I had not discounted God. I wasn’t focused on God. I just wasn’t into it. Just wasn’t important to me, but I started having all these religious experiences, so you don’t have to be in the middle of a church where people laying hands on you’d ever really just experienced was at the university. Not even thinking about God, but when God has a message to deliver, you’re going to get it no matter where you are matter what you’re doing and I started having things happen to me. Then was in college working on my computer. Halston. I started getting visions of me being up on stage with a bunch of young people in front of a bunch of people from you. I don’t know what I was saying. I don’t know what was going on. All I know is I was up on the stage, and though some rolling mountains, and there was some cabins are some outbuildings, and grass and stuff, I had this vision over and over It was powerful so much that I went to a new document I started typing out so I could record what this was. I see, okay? Such
then I do a little stint with at two different youth camps, and through cause I was my major was in psychology and I wanted to work with counseling to to get some practice, and so I went to this huge place and there I had another experience where they weren’t catching fish at a pond and I’m like well. You know you just have to connect with God, Me to connect with the fish and I put my fingers in the water and I said a prayer, right? It’s like I said I had rejected dodged wasn’t a A to me. I put my fingers in the water and I said Lord. These kids are going to think I’m crazy. You really need out that catch a fish. Try to sound like pleading to God. So I want to look stupid. Which is funny
immediately They caught a fish
and I was like. I mean they were shocked. Because what I was saying what I was shocked because I’m like
Wow, Ok, Thank you, Lord, I didn’t think it worked that way, but. I’ll take it that works for me, right so then I’m back. I’m back in the city and I’m working at a a big book on a big job, big high paying job, and I
am the Ceo. Wanted me to do some motivation talk with the sales people. So cause I said you need to send your salespeople out on a boating trip so they can sort of bond with each other. So then I give email saying Lance. That’s a good idea. Guess what you’re going to show up at the dock at four thirty a. Because you were born on the Chesapeake Bay to do this. I’m like. Oh my God, Okay, so we’re out there on the boat, being the secretaries and all these guys and some of the guys who mess with other girls lives as crazy. It’s like there’s like fifteen of us never seen such ridiculous peep behavior in my life with people. So I stayed back, I said up front near the cabin with the with with a couple of sectarian religiosity, a lot of questions about spirituality. So I kind of got into the discussion and and they would ask me questions right there like does God answer prayer? Do you think I’d really intervenes in your life and all these things, right, and of course I have my opinions about it’s under sharing with them, but I’m not going to ministry thing. I’m just sharing what I thought and I said I. I said, I think that if you pray with sincerity, I don’t think you can bully got into doing something, but I think that you can align the energy of God with what’s going on and things can happen, you know.
And so well, they haven’t caught fish all day long, Cause this was like two o’clock in the afternoon had kind of fish. They said. Why don’t you put your fix at home about the story with the fish? Mean the kids. They’re like. What would your fingers in the water so that these four outriggers can catch some fish. I’m like wow. That’s kind of like showing off, But for the sake of our conversation, how stand at the edge of the Burma, Leno or I’m gonna fall in and I’ll say a prayer, but I’m just saying, Cause I you know whatever right, so I walk them to the edge of the boat. And I’m like and I spray Allah, my Lord, You know we’re talking about you, and we’re talking about prayer, and we’re talking about whether there is an impact that when we pray, whether you fulfil prayer or we can make things happen, I dunno, you know I had not finished at rare,
and those outriggers, All four of them. We must have gone through a school of fish, All for them Start a screen. You know how like outriggers on a boat will wine as as the lines going out. All flour mines caught a fish while I was praying.
I swear as God. That’s me severe. That’s the God honest truth that happen. Those girls started to freak out. Because the guys didn’t hear me. They didn’t know they were. They were drinking beer or whatever, and the girls like Carly and stuff what you did. The guys who are trying to reel the fish and are like what what did he do well after the fish after they reel the fish in and put the lions back out, and everything calmed down. One of the girls said of the guys. I told them the story What happened. The guys look at me like I was crazy Like you know okay
when we got off the boat that day and I was walking back to my truck. I was like
what just happened.
If that isn’t God in your face. I don’t know what is and what I knew from that moment on was that
it needed to be between me and God. I work in the industry where I wanted to go. My vision needed to be my vision. Not somebody else’s. It needs to be done my way through my relationship with Christ. As as God speaks to me. That is how I do my ministry, and I will find my walk. I will find my ministry by simply observing God at work in my life
and it will flow if I just allow. Let him fill my sails. I keep myself together. Keep myself straight, and you know just live the best life. I can live. Not the way somebody else says to limit. Not gonna be a mechanic, condemned that I’m sending, Because they decide to the God tells me than I am. They tell me to screw off at Uni. You don’t run my life. It’s me and as Christ and his Holy Spirit and everyone else can stay out and my ministry began at that moment and and a couple of years later. I had this vision that I was helping others start your churches and start ministry. Because I had other people ask me to help them start their ministry, and I realized when I helped them. There are ministries grew by Mike O. T. Has evidence there’s my skill set. My vision is to teach my skill. My gift is to help people grow their churches. Ah. That’s where it’s not because somebody else is doing it not because someone told me to do it. I allowed my experience with Christ to bring my vision of service, Alliance and the Lord showed me through other things I was doing for other people, just for that, but not for money. Not for nothing, I settled of money, and that’s how we found street patients in two thousand. When a guy who has no Christian life, I dunno if he knows Lord or not, and he said me. This is what you need to be daunted. And then he told me. Oh, this is how you do it. He’s like Offer them. We could ordain through your training. He five and a church guy and he was telling me how I do this. I went back. I started out back in two thousand.
We emailed twenty million people
and it blew up, and it’s been going great ever since and that was two thousand, so it’s been twenty one years.
So in this video what I want to share wiki was where I had been and how my ministry got started and is growing towards this today.
And how you’re hearing this message and how others have come here and how I can help you? Because this is what I do. I help you name your ministry. Help you clarify your vision. Develop your programs. All the things we’re going to talk about it. The next videos. That’s what I do and so I’m excited that you’re here that you’re watching. You know again, You can come see us at three Bishops Dot Com, and you can sign up for the email list there and watch videos on Youtube and anything we have on the website. But in the next videos, I’m going to just take it piece by piece and I’m going to share with you my ministry, as God gave it to me, and that is how to get your ministry up and running, no matter what it is, and how to block out what others say and to hear only what Christ is telling you, and to do it your way right to do it your way as God speaks to you, so I’ll see you in the next videos, Take care. God loves Legit. So I want to thank you for coming by and watching this video today. Please be sure to click on the subscribe button below If you’re watching this on Youtube and I want you to also mark the bell, so you get notifications if you’re watching this video somewhere else, head on over to Youtube, Street. Bishop’s that channel and go ahead and subscribe while you’re there so that you can get additional videos, and you can by our Facebook page at St. Bishops. And so we just want to connect with you and hear from you. Often. You can also write to me at secretary at St. Bishops Dot Com. I have a great day and we look forward to see you in our next video.