“You can’t make a difference in the world unless you are DIFFERENT from the world”
– Dr. Jack Graham
My name is Lance Cashion and I live in Fort Worth, Texas with my wife and two children. I serve a the Local Outreach Pastor at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
I am passionate about loving and leading my family well. They are my primary mission field.
I am also passionate about helping people live on mission and find God’s calling on their life. I believe that we are created for action.
I am always up for a good challenge and love the seemingly impossible. I like it when the odds are stacked against me.
I’ve lived an interesting life. By God’s grace and protection, I am still here. I should be dead.
Over my lifetime, I’ve struggled with depression, anger, learning challenges, fractured relationships, drug, alcohol abuse, and suicidal thoughts. I’m a post-abort. When I was much younger, I got a young woman pregnant and I chose to end the life of my unborn child. I’ve lied and hurt people around me. I was an immature male following my own selfish desires. I was in bondage to those desires. I am recovering from my self-centeredness. I take responsibility for the decisions I’ve made.
None of those experiences define me. Yes, they are a part of my journey. But, they do not define who I am today. I am defined by my creator who had a plan and purpose for my life. Like Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, God transformed a murderer to a missionary.
How the heck did a guy like me end up on staff at a church?
In 2014, I was minding my own business running a wealth management firm and marketing company when the Executive Pastor at my church contacted me to discuss my ‘calling’. I believed my calling was to serve the Lord and reach people through my businesses. I enjoyed volunteering and leading our church’s ForLife Initiative ministry. But, God had other plans for my future.
After wrestling with the idea, I entered full-time ministry in May of 2014 at Christ Chapel Bible Church serving as Local Outreach Pastor and Director. It is the most challenging and exciting work I’ve undertaken in my entire life. My ministry area is the entire United States. Although most of my work is focused in Texas.
I have the privilege of friendships with a wide spectrum of folks from all over the world. Those experiencing homelessness as well as government officials, US Congressman, military special operators, law enforcement and big-time movie producers. Rich or poor, black, white, asian, middle eastern, liberal, conservative, Christian, Yazidi, Muslim, Jewish or atheist – I count many as respected friends and colleagues. I may not agree with their views but, they are image-bearers of God. I respect their human dignity and their views. I am compassionate without compromising my witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Living on mission is about engagement with people who hold different worldviews.
I am a serial entrepreneur. My entrepreneurial spirit spills into my ministry.
Over the years, I’ve worked in the music business. I’ve worked health insurance industry. I own an independent wealth management and financial planning firm and an insurance marketing firm. I launched my first business when I was 13 years old working as a DJ for my friends’ parties. Since then, I’ve launched several businesses. Therefore, I understand the difficulties business owners and entrepreneurs face.
I was a professional DJ for nearly two decades. I’ve played all over North America including some of the most historical clubs and venues in the world. I’ve owned record labels and promotion companies. I’ve released music on various labels, managed a hand full of artists, opened clubs, overseen sound and light installations and hosted two radio shows. I was immersed in this world for many years. Definitely, not the healthiest of lifestyles.
Along the journey, I made many longtime friends. To this day, I love electronic music – when I hear a tune created by a friend, I’m hoisted back to the times we shared. Today, the studio is a hobby and a creative outlet for me. I love tinkering with sounds and music.
Getting inside my head…
Creating electronic music has also taught me how to solve problems, complete complex tasks and learn to concentrate. I’ve learned working within a digital audio workstation environment my Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is either arrested or somehow leveraged for hours. I do not know the science behind this. However, its the only environment where I am able to concentrate for long periods of time. This practice has trained my brain to be able to focus longer in other areas and problem-solve.
I am a ‘big-picture’ strategic thinker with mild dyslexia. God has blessed me with ‘learning disabilities’ to allow my brain to make global connections between seemingly unrelated issues to create solutions to problems or create structures. It can be described as “Interconnected Reasoning”.
“[This type of dyslexic] Combines perspectives and techniques gained from different disciplines or backgrounds. Or they’re multiple specialists. Their work history is unusually varied. Often these individuals draw the comment that they can see connections that other people haven’t seen before.” – Brock Eide (The Dyslexic Advantage)
Another aspect is “Spatial Reasoning”. I am able to imagine things in 3-D. I believe writing and listening to music helps me put pieces together in my mind in three dimension. This has translated into my work and ministry. I see (imagine) problems, systems and/or strategies in 3D. This ‘disability‘ enables me to build narratives, write, create short films and communicate with others as well.
In the final analysis, all of these aspects of my life experience make up how God created me for His Glory. It’s not about me, its about God. Whatever I have. All that I am was created and given to me by God. Therefore, I try to be an instrument in His mighty hands to accomplish His purposes for my life.
“… Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
- Avon Old Farms School – Avon, CT
- Rollins College – Winter Park, FL
- University of Sydney – Sydney, Australia (Semester Abroad)
‘But, this one thing I do’… I will live my life with integrity and run the race set before me with every ounce of strength. So, my family, team and greater world will see Jesus Christ reflected in my life. To this end, I will NEVER QUIT!
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