Woman Evolve 2018
Sarah Jakes Roberts is a name you may or may not know already. You may know her as the daughter of megachurch pastor, bestselling author and film producer, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes, author, media personality and business executive. Or as Pastor Touré Roberts’ wife, but Sarah is a woman all her own. Sarah shares her story with transparency and because of that, people gravitate to her.
On July 13-14, 2018, Pastor Sarah hosted 2,000 women in Denver, CO for the first-ever Women Evolve Conference. She kicked it off by challenging the audience to “find your own wilderness.” Your wilderness is a place where God has created you to thrive. Sarah identified attendees as “Wild Women,” not afraid to explore unmarked territory outside of your comfort zone. An analogy she used was the process of going through labor to deliver a baby. “You have to push the baby out.” Whether that be a business, book, nonprofit, ministry, or any kind of idea. If you do the work and push (labor), God will pull it out for delivery. This was the theme that the Holy Spirit naturally weaved throughout the two-day conference.
During one of the breakout sessions entitled by Melissa Fredericks, Jeremiah 1:5 was repeated Melissa said “Confidence is a journey I am on.” There is ministry in transparency. The definition for confidence for me is: Whole, complete, full. Nothing broken, nothing missing. I am more than enough, as is, without change.
Pastor Sarah stated during the Inner Circle meet-and-greet, “I always loved rap music. I didn’t think my relationship looked like everyone else’s. That’s because I have my own relationship with him. I pushed and God pulled Woman Evolve out.” With her down to earth personality, contemporary style, and revelatory messages there's no question why she is an emerging thought leader for this generation, yet her growing influence came by surprise.
At one point, T.D. Jakes addressed the Women Evolve delegation and said this: There’s always conferences and events with motivational speakers but the difference with us is that we know God has our back. He called us into Denver for a time such as this.
Alongside her husband, Touré Roberts, she co-pastors The Potter's House at One LA and The Potter's House Denver.
"If you would have told me five years ago that I would be in full time ministry, I would have asked if you were talking to the right person." Sarah said. Together they have six beautiful children and split their time between Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO. Pastor Touré (PT) presented the “Year of the Woman” with four points:
God’s order of creation culminates with the woman.
Humankind was not fully formed until the woman was brought forth.
Woman is not synonymous with wife.
The fullness of God’s kingdom strategy is the emergence of the woman.
Evolving is getting back to the basics in your walk with Christ. PT explained the evolution of TD Jakes’ “Woman Thou Art Loosed” Conference to the “Woman Evolve.”
Mrs. Roberts is redefining what it means to be a modern woman of faith. Sarah has a unique way of reaching people who are seeking to make peace with their past, maximize their present, and deepen their relationship with God. At twenty-three years old she was tempted to allow her journey as a woman battling insecurities, teen pregnancy stigma, low self-esteem, toxic relationships, and depression to define the rest of her life. It wasn't until she was in her darkest moment that she realized she only had two options: settle or evolve. Her passion is to utilize her experiences, insight, and influence to help every soul she encounters to evolve into the best version of themselves.