With a flair for inspiring and guiding women to get through difficult times while strengthening their relationship with God, Sarah Jakes Roberts is on a mission to not only inspire, but to help redefine what it means to be a modern woman.
As the daughter of a preacher, Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of our generation’s most influential spiritual voices, it may seem as if Sarah was destined for a similar path. Yet the road to where she is now was not as straight, or simple, as one might think.
Growing up in the church and in the spotlight of a father so well-known proved complicated at times. Certain life experiences ultimately led Sarah to a place of darkness. Suffering from depression, she knew she had two choices, to settle or to evolve. Through hope and the power of writing (blogging became her inspirational outlet), she reached the conscious decision to focus on rebuilding. Turning her pain into purpose, the best-selling author, co-pastor, wife, mother, businesswoman, and overall powerhouse has become an emerging thought leader for the current generation.
In 2014, Sarah published her memoir, “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life,” in which she opened up about the challenging yet defining moments in her life. Since then, she has gone on to publish an additional four books, including her latest, “Woman Evolve: Break Up With Your Fears and Revolutionize,” which shows readers how the disappointments and past mistakes of the past can be used to help you become the woman God intended.
“Woman Evolve” is also the name of the ministry she launched in 2017. Taking all of her experiences and resources, the ministry’s focus is to help guide women to awaken healing, wholeness, and love for themselves and others.
Today, Sarah is living out her calling. Alongside her husband, Touré Roberts, she serves as co-pastor at ONE, A Potter’s House Church. She also hosts a weekly podcast and has created a fashion line as part of the Woman Evolve mission. Along with her family, which includes their six children, Sarah and Touré divide their time between Denver and Los Angeles.
Inspired by her journey and the way in which she is working toward challenging and changing the status quo for woman, we spent some time with Sarah. Read on to discover how she’s finally settled into a purpose far greater than she ever imagined.
As young children, we all have a dream of what we want to be when we grow up. Because you spent a great deal of time in the church, was following a similar path to your father’s, one rooted in service, something that crossed your mind?
Not ever, actually. As a young girl I wanted to
be a model. Tyra Banks was one of my biggest inspirations. I could not have imagined the path I actually ended up on.
You went through some very difficult and painful experiences beginning as a teenager, which you’ve said left you feeling broken. You began blogging as a way to escape. Would you say that decision was the start of turning your pain into purpose?
It definitely was. Being transparent about where I was during that time of my life led to a journey of authenticity that paved the way for my purpose.
Once you made the decision to evolve rather than settle for what was, do you believe things that were meant to happen began to fall into place?
I believe that when I was able to let go of what I wanted in order to pursue what I knew I needed, God began to open doors I never would have expected.
One of your many accomplishments has been creating a ministry. How was “Woman Evolve” born, and what is the mission behind it?
In 2018, my family had moved to Denver, Colorado, to take over The Potter’s House Church of Denver. I had just become a consistent preacher and taking over the church definitely placed more of a demand on that aspect of my purpose.
The idea of “Woman Evolve” literally came to me as I was in the kitchen with my family. The initial thought was to create a space for women that I would have wanted to be in as a young woman trying to cultivate an authentic relationship with God. [It was] also to establish a sisterhood of modern-day faith women where we could both have fun and experience the transformational power of God. From there, it kind of took on a life of its own.
Many women have found solace in your ministry and can relate to your story. What words do you share with them?
I would share with them that your authenticity and transparency with God and with others is the only path to healing. Trust that God and the healthy individuals in your life can handle the weight of what you’re going through. You are not alone, and you don’t have to suffer in silence.
You’ve created an entrepreneurial path with all of these tools and resources to help women realize the possibilities they seek are limitless while helping them strengthen their relationship with God. Does the enormity of what you do ever feel heavy at times?
There are definitely days where the weight feels weightier, and sometimes you don’t realize how weighty it is until you pause and take the weight off. In those moments, it’s so important to remember your why.
Who have been some of the role models or inspirational figures you look toward for guidance?
I’d go to jail if I didn’t say this, but definitely my parents, First Lady Serita Jakes and Bishop T.D. Jakes. I love Brené Brown as well.
As a mother, what valuable lessons are you sharing with your children, and what do you hope they’ll take away from the teachings you and your husband share?
All of our kids are at different points in their lives, but I think the common lessons we try and teach each of them is to have an honest relationship with God and be the person He created you to be. All we can hope for our kids is that they find their own connection with God and the confidence to become anything they want to be.
A new year is upon us, so what’s up next for you, and what are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to developing more opportunities for outreach in the community, and I’m excited to connect with more women who have their own purpose, ministries, and stories.
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