PASTORS & LEADERS

This section is especially for you

Welcome! Our prayer is that you will find some hope and encouragement for whatever stage and season you are at in ministry.

As the seasons flow naturally in life, so they do in Christian ministry. We know what it is to relish in the newness and warmth of spring and summer, feel the changing winds of autumn, and wonder if we will we ever survive the storms and bleakness of winter! We will have different articles and recommended resources coming your way as we look to encourage you in whatever season you may be in. We want to remind you that you are not alone.

There are many of us in ministry, in different denominations, all over the length and breadth of this nation serving God in towns, villages and cities.  All spreading the Gospel and the love of Jesus. Sit back and reflect on that a moment. The church of Christ IS very much alive, God IS at work, and YOU are a wonderful piece of that picture!

Being a pastor is a unique calling in life. Most of us literally give our all - body, mind, soul and spirit as we get involved in the lives of those we pastor and those further afield.  We often face being available on a 24/7 basis.

Whilst that can be fulfilling and a blessing, it can also be utterly exhausting and take a toll on our personal lives, family lives, and church lives. The statistics are alarming regarding the amount of pastors leaving the ministry. Too many are burnt out, utterly exhausted, sick, or somewhat beaten up and wounded. The tide has to turn. We want to encourage you through the testimonies and vulnerability of other pastors, in order to actively “strengthen one another in the Lord”.

Amongst  other things, we want to talk about the issues that may be close to a pastor’s heart - relationships, marriage, children and family issues, finances, health and well being, recreation and rest, burn out, temptations, spiritual attacks etc. In the coming months we will also explore different church related topics.

Our hearts desire will be to encourage you in the joy of your own personal walk with God. At ESPS we passionately believe that God is looking to revive, refresh and strengthen pastors in Him again, as we believe He is looking to sweep through our nation once more. Our cry is as the line of a popular worship song “Lord, send revival… start with me”.

We love you, we are praying for you, we are standing with you and for you in God.

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Harvest Time Again

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...

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SHELTERING IN GOD

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....

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Preparing To Lead The Post Covid Church

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...

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How to Provide Pastoral Care Without Burning Yourself Out

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...

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God IS In Control

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...

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ESPS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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...

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Afflicted and Storm Tossed One…

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...

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Being Fearful or Faithful

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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