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.

PARTNER WITH US

ESPS Ministries exists to bless and encourage all who serve in ministry, and journey with those who go through seasons of needing support.

We invite you to partner with us financially in this crucial work. You can do so by making a one-off donation or becoming a monthly supporter. Your donation really does make a difference.

Thank you so much and God bless you for partnering with us.

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.

 

Conferences & events

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

Keeping Encouraged and Supported

Ministry isn’t easy. That’s an undisputed fact from those who are actually in ministry that is. The old jokes of ‘working one day a week’ wear very thin when all you really long for is one day a week of no work! Whether we’re a leader, pastor, or pastors’ spouse we...

God’s Got Your Number !

Do you believe that God not only loves you, but knows where you are and what you're doing every minute of the day? I certainly do after an amazing experience I had several years ago. At the time I was driving on 1-75 near Dayton, Ohio, with my wife and children. We...

Change is in the air for ESPS Ministries

Over this last year we’ve all had a front row seat to the most seismic shift this generation has experienced when the pandemic struck, and Lockdown became a way of life. Thanks be to God that vaccines are being rolled out for our protection and at last there are...

Godly Mothers (natural and spiritual)

As Mothering Sunday approaches this weekend, what an ideal time to celebrate and thank God for all the Godly women, both natural and spiritual mothers, who have impacted families, churches, and communities through their example. Their love, kindness, compassion,...

The Useless Tree

A carpenter and his apprentice were walking together through a large forest. And when they came across a tall, huge, gnarled, old, beautiful oak tree, the carpenter asked his apprentice: “Do you know why this tree is so tall, so huge, so gnarled, so old and...

Even Ministers Suffer From Suicidal Thoughts

My cousin’s trembling voice uttered the unthinkable. “Kay, I need to let you know that Wayne took his life this morning.” My knees collapsed under me. “No! How can this be? What happened? Why? What was wrong with him?” My mouth formed tumbling questions despite my...

A ‘Precious Grace’

At 18 years old I submitted a sense of call to parish ministry for testing by assessors appointed by the Church. I knew by the end of the residential assessment over the course of 2 days and nights that I had made a few blunders but I was accepted. Before going to the...

The Fathers LOVE Letter

From birth to death there will be many loves in our lives. BUT the greatest love for every one of us is to know the love of our Heavenly Father. He loves each of us perfectly, lavishly, and unconditionally. This Valentines weekend is a timely reminder of His perfect...

How To Lead People Toward Grace And Peace In An Anxious Time

One of the main reasons God birthed ESPS Ministries was in response to the question, who ministers to the ministers? In these troubled and uncertain times as pastors and leaders we're called to lead our people and encourage them to know the grace and peace of God in...

Leaning into Grief (Jimmy Dodd)

We acknowledge that the meaning of our deepest experiences is often hidden from our eyes. John 11 is one of the more emotional windows into the ministry of Jesus. In this chapter, Jesus confronts grief, and in the process, teaches us valuable lessons. Mary and Martha,...

Keeping Encouraged and Supported

Ministry isn’t easy. That’s an undisputed fact from those who are actually in ministry that is. The old jokes of ‘working one day a week’ wear very thin when all you really long for is one day a week of no work! Whether we’re a leader, pastor, or pastors’ spouse we...

God’s Got Your Number !

Do you believe that God not only loves you, but knows where you are and what you're doing every minute of the day? I certainly do after an amazing experience I had several years ago. At the time I was driving on 1-75 near Dayton, Ohio, with my wife and children. We...

Change is in the air for ESPS Ministries

Over this last year we’ve all had a front row seat to the most seismic shift this generation has experienced when the pandemic struck, and Lockdown became a way of life. Thanks be to God that vaccines are being rolled out for our protection and at last there are...

Godly Mothers (natural and spiritual)

As Mothering Sunday approaches this weekend, what an ideal time to celebrate and thank God for all the Godly women, both natural and spiritual mothers, who have impacted families, churches, and communities through their example. Their love, kindness, compassion,...

Even Ministers Suffer From Suicidal Thoughts

My cousin’s trembling voice uttered the unthinkable. “Kay, I need to let you know that Wayne took his life this morning.” My knees collapsed under me. “No! How can this be? What happened? Why? What was wrong with him?” My mouth formed tumbling questions despite my...

A Good Soaking

It took me a while to notice, too long to save one life, but just in time to rescue the others. The lives of my houseplants! On closer inspection of the small curled up leaves the other day, I discovered that most of my pots were literally bone dry. I’m not usually so...

The Fathers LOVE Letter

From birth to death there will be many loves in our lives. BUT the greatest love for every one of us is to know the love of our Heavenly Father. He loves each of us perfectly, lavishly, and unconditionally. This Valentines weekend is a timely reminder of His perfect...

Good Family Screen Time

You plan a family movie night, dim the lights, settle around the TV with your snacks when horror of horrors something very inappropriate invades your screen resulting in an immediate mad scramble for the remote! Annoyingly, I’m sure it’s happened to most of us. It’s...

Women In Ministry Conference 2020 – Recap & Reposition

It’s almost a year to the day since we had our first ESPS Ministries conference for women in ministry and leadership. Tailored for women who serve God in the roles of pastor, pastors spouse, missions workers, church leadership, etc. It was enormously beneficial to get...

“All Will Be Well”

‘All will be well. All will be well. All manner of things will be well’. Whenever I read this saying from Julian of Norwich, it puts my heart at peace. I know both theologically and from personal experience, how true these words are. I created some cards with this...
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