ESPS MINISTRIES

ENCOURAGING SCOTTISH PASTORS & SPOUSES

 

 

ESPS MINISTRIES

ENCOURAGING SCOTTISH PASTORS & SPOUSES

WELCOME TO ESPS MINISTRIES

Many pastors, pastors spouses and those in Christian leadership find themselves at times feeling overwhelmed, discouraged and isolated. The unique pressures of ministry life can build up resulting in individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, sickness, depression, relational problems and ministry burn out. There is the need to find a safe and confidential space for connection and support when needed. ESPS Ministries is here for you.

Our heart is to bring you relevant encouragement and spiritual support as you serve God in ministry. We long to see all pastors, spouses and leaders built up in who you are in God, and helping you become more effective in your personal life, church and community.

We are a non-denominational Scottish ministry with a heart to love, serve and bless. We pray you will be blessed through our website resources, including free subscription to weekly articles, and confidential prayer support service. We also run Regional and Annual Conferences that provide a wonderful opportunity for connection, personal development, spiritual support and personal prayer encouragement.

A warm welcome is extended to any who are viewing outside Scotland.

Prayer

Prayer is our lifeline to God. In our prayer section we offer you the chance to submit your own personal prayer requests. There are also a selection of prayers that you may find helful to pray yourself.

Listening Service

Our recently launched listening service offers a safe place for those in ministry to unload and talk in a strictly confidential manner. Personal prayer appointments over the phone also form part of this service.

Single in Ministry

As with those who are married, those who are single and serving in ministry and areas of ministry expression, need support and encouragement too. We offer helpful resources to encourage and bless.

 

ESPS Conference Media

ESPS Ministiries runs regional and annual conferences to encourage and support those in ministry. In this section you can find past audio from our conferences.

 

 

LATEST ARTICLES - UPDATED WEEKLY

Christmas is coming… and Christ is Here

In many of our homes, and all around us, preparations are well underway for Christmas. This year some have followed the idea this year of putting up Christmas trees and decorations just a bit earlier than usual. There are different competitions going on in many...

Remember To Give Thanks

One thing that Americans continue to celebrate well is Thanksgiving Holiday on the last Thursday of November (which was yesterday). Perhaps like many of our own religious holidays, the holiness of the day has somewhat slipped over the centuries but honouring the...

Tending Our Mental And Spiritual Health

Who would have imagined back in March that we would still be living with varying degrees of lockdown and restrictions on our daily living due to Covid-19? I think most of us have just about managed to trundle along from month to month as we faced uncertainty around...

5 Traits Of Churches That Will Build Again

For more than eight months now, most churches have been doing everything possible to navigate what may be remembered as the most difficult season in ministry. If not the most difficult, likely the most complicated. We often talk of the new normal, and that’s a great...

Pic ‘n’ Mix

Most of us remember days when we would go to the shops or cinema and fill a bag of sugary treats from the wonderful pic ‘n’ mix section. A wall of sweet delights, every colour and shape imaginable was there to entice us. As we recall our personal favourites, the...

Laughter Is Good For The Soul

In these uncertain days, it may be that we are aren’t finding much to laugh about, understandably. And yet laughter is proven to be hugely beneficial to our overall wellbeing. The Bible tells us that even God laughs. It also states that laughter is good for our health...

How Are YOU Doing?

The above question is one that many of us in leadership and ministry find ourselves asking many times a day, in many different ways and to many different people. It’s a genuine caring question for those who are pastoring, coaching, counselling, and just simply...

4 Reminders When you Feel Betrayed

I was talking with a pastor who had been betrayed by someone in his church. He told him a secret in confidence and soon learned the friend had shared it with another, who, of course, shared it with another—who shared it with another—and you know the rest of this...

Pastor, Your Church Needs You to Rest and Take a Vacation

There are two types of sleep: BC and AD. Before Children and After Death. God does not take naps, but you might need one. Far too many pastors do not get a proper cycle of rest. In the fourth commandment, God set up a pattern of work and rest. This pattern goes back...

Raise Your Hallelujah

The word Hallelujah basically means to “praise the Lord” or “God be praised”. It’s a beautiful word offered here on earth and heard in heaven. It’s easy to raise a Hallelujah when things are going well. When we are full of the joys of life and feeling close to God....

Christmas is coming… and Christ is Here

In many of our homes, and all around us, preparations are well underway for Christmas. This year some have followed the idea this year of putting up Christmas trees and decorations just a bit earlier than usual. There are different competitions going on in many...

Remember To Give Thanks

One thing that Americans continue to celebrate well is Thanksgiving Holiday on the last Thursday of November (which was yesterday). Perhaps like many of our own religious holidays, the holiness of the day has somewhat slipped over the centuries but honouring the...

Tending Our Mental And Spiritual Health

Who would have imagined back in March that we would still be living with varying degrees of lockdown and restrictions on our daily living due to Covid-19? I think most of us have just about managed to trundle along from month to month as we faced uncertainty around...

Kindness

I was young and about to graduate from Bible College and marry a minister all in the same week. In his study one of my lecturers asked me how I felt about becoming a ‘minister’s wife.’ “Just be kind to people and they will love you,” he said. He was a wise and Godly...

Personal Prayer Support

Our recent Annual Conference was a very blessed day indeed. It was wonderful to connect with those of you who joined us. All the seminars were so rich and inspiring, encouraging and comforting. We also had our experienced prayer team with us all day, manning phones...

Laughter Is Good For The Soul

In these uncertain days, it may be that we are aren’t finding much to laugh about, understandably. And yet laughter is proven to be hugely beneficial to our overall wellbeing. The Bible tells us that even God laughs. It also states that laughter is good for our health...

How Are YOU Doing?

The above question is one that many of us in leadership and ministry find ourselves asking many times a day, in many different ways and to many different people. It’s a genuine caring question for those who are pastoring, coaching, counselling, and just simply...

When you Feel Like A Failure

Whether you've truly failed―or you just feel like a failure―the experience can actually be a blessing. “Well, Cara, I’m not really sure what to say, but you failed to do what we hired you to do.” The chairperson folded her hands on her lap, and looked at me blankly. I...

A Word to the Pastors Wife

It is a beautiful Sunday morning. She has been up for a few hours to ensure a sweet time with the Lord and to have plenty of time to slip the casserole into the oven. She wakes the little ones with a chirp of, "This is the day the Lord has made!" The kids dress easily...

NO MORE WORRYING

Worry doesn’t achieve anything positive. It literally drains us of joy and peace, saps our energy, and causes unnecessary stress and anxiety. We know all this and yet we often find ourselves on the same old roundabout of being overwhelmed when different situations...
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