Being A Single Woman in Ministry Has to Be The Most Challenging
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Jackie Horbrook, also known as Jackie the Educator is the CEO of an online platform called Black Christian Influencers. Starting her business over four months, this mother of two and overall superwoman spoke to me about finding the tenacity, strength and grace to balance it all.
I hope this interview is a blessing to you. As Jackie’s words of wisdom and power sure blessed me. To stay updated with everything she has got going on, be sure to follow her on Instagram at Jackie The Educator.
2BReal: What was the vision and purpose behind starting ‘Black Christian Influencers’?
JH: I actually started BCI in an attempt to find an audience for my webisodes Higher Learning. I wanted to appeal to the Christian Intellectual, as well as the ministry focused leader. I started by connecting a few of my friends from different circles into a small Facebook group, and after a few weeks I noticed it was really becoming a hit, so I ran with it, and here we are. I would love to take credit but it’s clearly a God-ordained initiative. I’m not that smart.lol
2BReal: How has Black Christian Influencers Inc impacted those that have become a part of that community?
JH: Based on what I have seen individuals have found partners to collaborate with, fellow leaders to support, and a networking system that can be used to garner exposure from different platforms.
One of the most memorable moments I have seen was when an influencer was battling with depression and called upon other members of the group to hold them up in prayer. The pressure of having so many eyes on you can sometimes become overwhelming without a community to support and lift you up.
2BReal: Tell us a little about your show Higher Learning. Does it have a connection to Black Christian Influencers?
JH: Absolutely. It was created specifically for individuals like the ones in BCI. My show is aimed at highlighting issues that need to be dealt with amongst leaders and hopefully have these conversations carried into other circles. I plan to incorporate the show into our new online platform that will allow for Master Classes that appeal to Christian Influencers like myself.
2BReal: You studied business and marketing and did your masters in counselling & college student development. Why was this investment important to make?
JH: I honestly am a complete nerd. I love the challenge and it usually motivates me to do my best work. Although my schooling was expensive it helped me to challenge myself by being around others that challenged me. School isn’t for everyone but sometimes you need that extra push to do your best work.
2BReal: What challenges have you faced along the way as your ministry and business portfolio expand? How do you deal with it?
JH: I constantly face problems and insecurities. It comes with the territory I guess. Being a single woman in ministry has to be the most challenging though. In theory, men want a good wholesome woman with strong convictions but in practice, it becomes a nuisance compared to women that can go whatever direction the wind blows. Some people would say it’s not a big deal but it can wear on a woman in ministry. Some days I feel like grabbing the tightest fitting dress and just letting it all hang out…lol… but the conviction the holy spirit would give me would weigh too heavy.
At the end of the day, I can only keep praying that God keeps me content. Some days are harder than others but for the most part, He keeps me strong.
2BReal: You’re a mother of two. How do you balance business and entrepreneurship with motherhood?
JH: It is definitely not easy. I often find myself just having to set realistic goals for myself. I think we sometimes put unneeded pressure on ourselves to have it all together when we really don’t need to. I find that I’m at my best when I listen to my body. When I can get things done I do. But when I feel tired or frustrated I take breaks and learn to be patient with myself. There is no silver bullet. We all have so many things to juggle but the main priority is that we juggle it healthily.
2BReal: Who has been your biggest inspiration throughout this journey and why?
JH: My mother has truly shown me the perfect example of a virtuous woman. I admire her willingness to lead from behind. It’s a quiet strength that can sometimes go unnoticed but is still so needed.
2BReal: What should we be looking forward to seeing over the coming months across your multiple businesses?
JH: With BCI you can look forward to us expanding into other cultural backgrounds to provide the same internal support system that can be built to eventually connect the kingdom in an intentionally diverse manner.
2BReal: What is your favourite scripture that gives you comfort, confidence and composure?
JH: Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.