Bishop Foreman, popularly known as “The People’s Bishop” is gearing up for the expansion of his church, Harvest Church! The many of many hats is known to for his dedication to help others become everything that God has created them to be. He’s the author of five books and an entrepreneur on a mission to simply help others. We caught up with Bishop Foreman to discuss his expansion of Harvest Church to Atlanta, Georgia, his love for people, and much more in our exclusive interview.
Where did the nickname “The People’s Bishop” come from?
Great question! I love people. It’s super simple. I love seeing people develop and grow into everything that was placed in them for them to be. I’m referred to as “The People’s Bishop” because I love people and two, I love to engage with people. Sometimes when you live life in a public space, you can like clouds but not enjoy people. I enjoy people so I love seeing people become everything that God has created them to be. I’m reachable. I’m probably one of the few Bishops that have tattoos, I like to connect with people where they’re at and where they live. When I’m presenting a message, I’m not using scripture but using things that exists in our everyday life. I may jump from a church song to old school R&B, one of my favorite genres of music. I love to engage right where they’re at and see them develop.
Can you share insight into the process of opening a new church in Atlanta, Georgia?
Atlanta is an amazing city. It’s a city of influence and it’s really become a center for business, government, education, media, and even spirituality. Recently, the major movement with Civil Rights really emanated from Atlanta. It’s a city that in many ways is known for producing history makers and world changers. For us, we’re based here in Denver. We always knew we wanted to expand to another city. We began considering cities, evaluated, and it came up that Atlanta would be our choice. I have to be honest; I love the city of Atlanta. One of my favorite restaurants is downtown! I always thought the traffic was a beast (laughs). We’ve received an amazing response so far. With COVID-19, there has been delays beyond our control. Every delay is to your benefit. Even the things that we do not understand or can’t figure out why it took so long, it’s really benefited us. We’re excited about the Atlanta area and we’re excited to launch there. We’ve got an amazing group of people from a variety of backgrounds apart of this that include artists, actors, and so much more. There is so much amazing talent in Atlanta that has connected with us and want to be a part of our team.
What inspired the creation of Chancellor of Harvest Bible College?
I wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up, amongst other things. I like to say that I came out of the womb with a Bible and a briefcase (laughs). I was very passionate as a kid and had this infatuation with teachers. I used to have my second-grade teacher at Memphis City School, buy me a pack of the red pens that they would use to grade papers. As a second grader! (Laughs). I was so infatuated with education, knowledge, and growing. Since a kid, I’ve always had a passion to do that. Years later, I started my first business when I was 12. By the time I was 21, I booked a very successful real estate finance business. I was simultaneously in ministry, music, and leadership development. I said, ‘I still have this desire to want to teach.’ So, I did! We created a school. We educate people from the womb to the tomb, if you will. Harvest Bible College really came from my desire to want to educate.
Tell us about the step-by-step course, Building a Successful Business You Created.
As I mentioned, I started this when I was a kid. There’s actually a bank here called The Young Americans Bank. I went through their business loan program, in fact, I still have a photo of me up in the lobby of the bank when I was 12 years old. It’s funny to see that photo. I wear a bald look now, but I had hair back then (laughs). I was always intrigued by business and building nothing to something. To do that, you need a few things. One, you’ve got to have strong drive. Two, you’ve got to have the right people around you. And three, you’ve got to have the right information around you. When I was looking for ways to do this, I couldn’t find anything that was a step-by-step, ABCD approach on how to build a business on organization. I couldn’t find anything that was reasonably priced. Everything I saw would cost you thousands. The average entrepreneur, when they’re getting started is not there. I wanted to create something that was a step-by-step guide that would allow individuals to literally follow these steps to build their business step-by- step. It includes everything from the local government, websites, printing materials, the phone system. Literally, it’s the 360-degree approach to your business. It will teach people how to build whatever it is they are trying to build.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I would say progress. While we’re continuing to create great content that inspires people from every walk of life, every pedigree, and background. We also continue to evolve. That includes finding creative ways with the same objective accomplished. You’re going to see us expand to Atlanta. We’re excited! We’ve got our first online conference which is going to be amazing. We’ve got pop star, CeCe Peniston, actress Essence Atkins, celebrity life coaches, and more. It’s a literal 360-degree approach to life and being a history-maker. That’s what the online conference is called. It’s coming up October 2020. We’re excited about that. On the other side of this, we’re going to come out better than when the pandemic started. You can always count on Bishop Foreman to give you something that will get you through the day and week so that you can come out of this pandemic better.
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