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.

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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

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....

Harvest Time Again

Years ago I wrote an article on harvesting plums, and today I find myself drawn once more to the analogies that same old tree of mine continues to offer. It’s harvest time again in the world of plums, and I’m most thankful for a tree that has been so very generous to...

SHELTERING IN GOD

Lots of people are trying to make sense of the days we’re living in. For some this is a reset for life; for others it’s a wilderness and desert season that we’re just trying to survive through; still for others it’s a time of preparation for greater days to come....

Preparing To Lead The Post Covid Church

How will we lead in the post-COVID era? Is it possible that we are all becoming church planters with buildings? Perhaps that’s exaggerated, but not by much. If you adopt a church planter’s mental, emotional, and spiritual disposition, it’s an exciting time to lead...

How to Provide Pastoral Care Without Burning Yourself Out

I still remember the time I was snared by an article written by Carey Nieuwhof, ‘How Pastoral Care Stunts the Growth of Most Churches’.  Carey writes, “If pastors could better handle the issue of pastoral care, many more churches would grow. Caring for 30 people...

God IS In Control

I remember the feeling well. The thrill, the delight, the puffed up pride and inflated confidence of at long last being able to drive my Dads wee blue Bedford work van. Nothing was too hard for me, each bend to crawl round, obstacle to be avoided, testing the wipers...

ESPS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

  We are delighted to share with you the news that this year we will be holding our Annual Conference online. We are excited that we can still connect with you all, and although will certainly miss being with you in person, we look forward to sharing together...

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...

Soaring in your Strengths

As those who care for others in life, it’s really important to be in a place where we can receive ourselves. It’s good for us to grow and be refreshed in our spirits as well as in our skill set. We want to be the best ‘us’, so that we can minister more effectively to...

Help In Developing Healthy Marriages

Personal Development is something that is widely encouraged and embraced throughout many areas of life. From the workplace to the gym, people like to invest time in improving themselves. If you are married then you already know that marriages also need regular...

God IS In Control

I remember the feeling well. The thrill, the delight, the puffed up pride and inflated confidence of at long last being able to drive my Dads wee blue Bedford work van. Nothing was too hard for me, each bend to crawl round, obstacle to be avoided, testing the wipers...

ESPS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

  We are delighted to share with you the news that this year we will be holding our Annual Conference online. We are excited that we can still connect with you all, and although will certainly miss being with you in person, we look forward to sharing together...

The Real Pastors Wives of ….

Some of the women especially reading this today, may have heard of a reality show called ‘The Real Housewives of….’. For the uninitiated, it’s a reality TV show that follows the lives of small groups of successful women as they ‘do life’ together. It’s all about...

Being Fearful or Faithful

I saw a video of a glass walk-way built around the side of a mountain. The glass was constructed in such a way that when a person put their weight on it, it made the sound of breaking glass. Not only that but, when the person looked down, the glass appeared to be...
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