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

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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...

Afflicted and Storm Tossed One…

I can’t fully put into words the beauty and mystery of what I felt the Lord saying to those of you who may begin yet another day with raging anxiety dominating your heart and even your home at this moment, but here goes: God may presence Himself with you today, draw...

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...

How to lead when nothing is normal!

What began as a major disruption has become a way of life. Not permanently, but for an open-ended and unknown duration of time. COVID-19 has changed our world. Remember when shaking someone’s hand was normal? Remember when sitting in a packed movie theatre or crowded...

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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...

Protecting Our Kids From Digital Heroin

Did you know that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers? Nick Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance, pointed out in a recent article that “Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech...

Making Time For Holidays

This year we have had to approach the summer holiday season in many differing ways as we ease out of Lockdown. Now that we are starting to return to some sort of normality, it’s good to make time to have an intentional break from routine. Holidays abroad to certain...
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