Lady Serita Jakes – wife, First Lady of The Potter’s House (Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas), mother, grandmother, author, ministry leader, and more – has a profound and passionate commitment to leading women to become all that God has destined them to be.
Although she’s often seen before the congregation — guiding WoMan to Woman Ministries, developing God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program, and supporting her husband, Bishop T.D. Jakes — behind the scenes, she appreciates the simpler and more meaningful things in life. She loves being near her family, and shares that she enjoys “…loving on them and being loved and accepted unconditionally. I enjoy the good times, and I have stopped bracing for bad times. I used to feel like I needed to carry an umbrella — because I thought there was a water balloon over my head, and I didn’t know where the pin was.”
While today Serita Jakes has clearly been empowered to remove that “umbrella” and inspire others, she vividly recalls experiencing “Mean Girl” syndrome first hand as a little girl. The memory of those painful emotions ultimately planted a deep desire within her to affect change.
Rather than traveling a popular road, she blazed a trail — and created an unconditional ministry where everyone is accepted. She wants women to realize the commonality between them, which will make it easier to unite and move forward. In describing the power of God’s message to the women she ministers to, she shares: “I wanted it to flow from the pulpit, out to the pew, to the front doors and to the parking lot and beyond.”
Serita Jakes crafted two major ministries aimed to help women experience greater success, empowerment, and fulfillment in all areas of their lives. WoMan to Woman Ministries aims to improve the spiritual and emotional lives of the women that it reaches; according to its Vision Statement, it is “strategically designed to touch, empower, include, involve, and encircle every woman of The Potter’s House.”
God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program is a three-month intensive, covering topics such as finance, relationships, and leadership — and has grown to include several international chapters, and online courses. Designed to “propel women out of their comfort zone,” the program has impacted the lives of thousands of women in areas including business, entrepreneurship, health, and more.
“We are loosing women to lead and move forward unapologetically,” says Lady Jakes.
A crucial element of her mission is to, “reach people who wouldn’t ordinarily come through [the] church doors.” Her recently released novel The Crossing, does just that. This book tells a riveting story of teenagers who experience a very tragic occurrence at a railroad crossing. It takes a look at them ten years later and shows how unresolved emotional struggles have affected their lives. The Crossing is a book that deals with real issues.
“We have to talk real! It’s good to talk about biblical characters, but let’s get down to real people and real issues. We have to embrace them!” says Jakes. She continuously uses her platform to minister to hurting people, and to encourage them to remove the “veil of shame” about emotional disorders – sharing that the first step to deliverance is admission and truth. “Pain has no barrier,” she shares. “It is okay to say ‘I need help’.”
When asked if there was one thing that she could change in the community, her passion for young people becomes evident.
“I wish that we could start helping this next generation. We need to prepare the generations that are thirty and younger for this next move. We can’t allow our children to inherit this chaos. I wish that more people would sense the urgency [to help this generation] and be proactive and not reactive. We have to affect change and get wisdom from God.”
To find out more about First Lady Serita Jakes, join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/firstladyjakes, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/@firstladyjakes, and find out more about The Crossing at www.tdjakes.org/thecrossing/.
Tanika Jones is a marketing professional and aspiring Christian author. A student at Rhema Correspondence Bible School, has been called to minister to others through her passion for writing. In her spare time, she loves reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. To learn more about Tanika, visit her blog, “My Alabaster Box” at www.tanikajones.com.