Sitting Down with a General of Intercession
We speak with Cindy Jacobs on her ministry Generals International, what it stands for and the importance of being a general (leader) in this day and age.
How did your journey into ministry begin?
The Lord called me to the ministry at a church camp when I was nine years old. It wasn’t until I was 30 that I began to have an inkling what “being called” might mean. Part of the reason for the delay and why the Lord had to take me on a journey of discovering my calling was that I didn’t know any other women in ministry in my circles.
From then on God began to rapidly and supernaturally open doors for me to speak. I was asked to speak for women’s groups of churches that had 5,000 members, and other large gatherings.
I think I got to where I am today by carefully seeking the Lord about each and every opportunity. In addition, our call to gather the generals to pray in unity for nations accelerated our visibility.
What do you love most about what you do? What sets you apart from other ministries in the prophetic space?
Generals International brings leaders together in unity to make plans to transform whole nations. Our strategy leads to reformation of the nations as well. We develop national prayer strategies. For instance, in the United States, we have a 50 state prayer network that, among other projects, is working on prayer walking the entire country.
I really don’t know another ministry that does quite what we do. As Generals, we network other ministries together for prayer, strategic planning, and implementing the word of the Lord for a nation. As a leader, I meet with the presidents of nations to give them strategy for their countries.
What does it mean to be a “General”? How can people learn to train their “General muscles”?
A General is a leader of leaders who gathers influencers and connects other prayer leaders to develop national prayer strategies.
In addition, a General trains other leaders to be able to hear God’s voice, so people can find their individual destinies and purpose in God.
We have training materials available in the area of both the prophetic and spiritual warfare. This material is a compilation of thirty-plus years of experience and teaching to train up a general.
Can you name a person who has had tremendous impact on you as a Christian leader?
My father was the biggest influence on my life in my formative stages. He was a Baptist pastor and incredibly wise.
Later, in my thirties, I met Peter Wagner, who became my spiritual dad and my mentor. He had me lecture on spiritual warfare at Fuller Theological Seminary. This thrust the message to worldwide visibility and put me on larger platforms. I also learned how to function with many
different circles of ministry.
One of the biggest areas that he mentored me in was writing books. He tore apart my first writings and showed me how to communicate truth in a personable and readable style.
What do you think the biggest challenge facing Christian leaders is today?
I think that leaders have a lot of vision, but the challenge of raising the finances to implement their vision is difficult.
Also, there is a need to make sure that one stays in intimacy with the Lord in the midst of busy schedules with many people making demands upon you.
What is the current dream of your heart for the next generation? How can we participate in your mission?
We are actively engaged in mentoring the next generation. We are doing this by adding them to our prophetic roundtable and inviting them to other inter-generational roundtables to
have times of listening and sharing together. We are also in the process of experimenting with webinars as a means to mentor even more people.
It is our dream to inspire many others to do the same. We need to leave a legacy behind us that will build upon everything my generation has learned.
Cindy Jacobs is an author, speaker, and teacher with a heart for discipling nations in the areas of prayer and prophetic gifts. Generals International is a prayer-based organization founded by Mike and Cindy Jacobs in 1985 that exists for the purpose of changing lives and transforming nations.