Proverbs 22:1- ESV - A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
I once read that there are nine (9) Essential Qualities of a Godly Leader. The first one is this – A good leader seeks God’s direction. Is there anything more important in a leader than he or she seeking God’s direction? Proverbs 16:1 says “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” Verse 3 adds,”Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” And verse 9 “The heart of a man plans his/her way, but the Lord establishes his/her steps.” A good leader seeks the Lord, commits his/her way to the Lord, and the Lord establishes the next steps.
The Unsung Presents:
The Ministries of Dr. Tasha D Jones
(Wife, Mother, Prayer Warrior, Leader in the Church, and Educator in the Secular World)
Dr. Tasha D Jones is the Ministry leader of the Praise and Worship team at the Center For Hope Ministries under the Leadership of Senior Pastor, Bishop Larry Taylor. She has been an Educator in the church as well as Praise and Worship team leader for many years, including ministering at her former home church of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late and great former Pastor Frank McSwain Sr.
Dr. Jones has dedicated her life to serving God as a Servant Leader in the secular world as an educator at Lincoln College in Normal, IL, as well as in the Church, as a Warrior in prayer, Christian educator and Praise and Worship team leader. Her dedication is not only selfless, but limitless. She admits that as an educator of the Word of God, as well as a Praise and Worship team leader in the Church, the two departmental ministries are backbone ministries within the Church. With that being said, there are challenges that come along with being in these positions in the physical world as well as the spiritual realms. Dr. Jones, is very aware of the fact that these daily challenges must be dealt with on a regular basis. However, she also knows that as a Servant Leader of the most high God, she should never try to lead a part from God’s Holy Spirit’s daily leading, guiding, and anointing in her life. Her anointing has to be strong, and ever present in her daily walk with the Lord. To all who come across her presence, the anointing is evident. Especially to those who are specifically involved within her circle of ministry.
Due to Dr. Jones’ extremely busy schedule, she was asked the question by Godsloveisforreal.org, representative, “How is it that you can function with your schedule being as full as it is Dr. Jones?” Her answer, so gentle and sincere, as she smiled with excitement in her eyes was “I enjoy helping others! If I see something that needs to be done, I simply jump in!” Dr. Jones, also stated that her desire is to help others achieve their goals. Whether in the Church or in the secular world of education. She stated that everyone learns differently and therefore because of this, she tailors her teaching skills using experiences learned over the years from many students, as well as the tools from her educational toolbox learned from years of teaching. Dr. Jones stated that she has two credos in her spiritual, personal, and professional life. 1. Treat others the way you want to be treated 2. (A quote by the Late and Great Pastor Frank Mc Swain Sr.) “Love people as though they have never hurt you.” These two statements have become foundational in Dr. Jones’ daily life.
As stated from the beginning, Dr. Tasha D Jones has many balls to juggle. She is not only a Spiritual leader in the Church and Prayer Warror on her knees, but she is also a leader and educator in the secular world at the Lincoln College-Normal, IL. Her position is as follows: Interim Lead Faculty- Organizational Leadership and Graduate Lead Faculty, in Organizational Leadership. This position has its daily challenges as well, but Dr. Jones has learned over her years of experiences in life to remember that every area of her life is a calling from God, and therefore, what she lives by in the home and Church, she must live by in her professional life as well. She is aware of the fact that God’s people must be everywhere, on every level at any time. This includes the secular world. She loves her career as an educator and thrives when doing her work as an educator.
Finally, Dr. Tasha D Jones is also a wife, and a mom. Dr. Jones was asked “how does her husband and children feel about your work dedication in the church as well as the school in higher education?” She responded with the fact that her husband is also an educator as well, and that he understands all too well of her time away from him and the family. Dr. Jones stated that she definitely knows how to separate her time equally. She stated that when she is with her loving husband and family, she is present, and when she is with her work, she is present. She stated that God has given her wisdom as to how to balance her family, Church and work life.
Proverbs 31:10-31 gives the description of a wife/woman of noble character. It states the fact that “she is far more than rubies.” It also states that “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” March is the month to honor women from all walks of life. Godsloveisforreal.org has chosen Dr. Tasha D Jones as the woman to honor for this season. She is a young woman who has intentionally given her life in service of the Lord as Servant Leader and Prayer Warrior in the home, the church, and the secular world of education. This sister is assuredly a Proverbs 31:10-31 woman. Thank you Dr. Tasha D Jones for being a willing vessel for the Lord. God bless you, and remember that God’s Love is For Real!
God's Love Is For Real