pastors

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.

Latest Articles - Updated weekly

The Quiet Place

For the last couple of days I’ve been prayerfully pondering what to share with you this week. There are a myriad of directions we could go, but I felt such a quietening of the Holy Spirit …like a hush to my soul. I think the Lord is sharing that many of us are still...

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From One Pastor to Another by Tommy MacNeil

What a day we’re living in! None of us could have foreseen the events of recent weeks. What comfort and strength we take from the fact that none of what is happening is a surprise to God. He is Alpha and Omega, He knows the beginning and the end. Be re-assured then...

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10 Things the Church Must Do in Response to the Coronavirus

In all my years I have never seen this kind of panic related to the potential spread of an illness. The kind of panic and fear I observe regularly on the faces of the public almost rivals what I observed when I was in Manhattan after the Twin Towers were toppled and...

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A New Venture – Rev Kenny Borthwick

I think when I was a younger Christian and then when I became a young rookie minister,  I somehow picked up the idea that faithfulness in a calling meant doing the same thing forever. That was not the case for Ezekiel. The whole of his life as a child, a teenager and...

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Incarnation And The Love Of Jesus

What it means to be a disciple can best be understood around the unfathomable mystery of the incarnation. God took on human flesh. God invaded our planet and forever changes it. God became incarnate. He took on human flesh in a way that is shocking, raw and physically...

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Godly Wisdom

It’s good to desire wisdom. It’s an admirable and much needed trait for life. Wisdom is defined in the Cambridge dictionary as “the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgements.” A great attribute for sure. But how much greater is...

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Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to every married and courting couple reading this today. May you know the bountiful blessings of God in and over your marriage. Today is a fresh reminder to not take our spouses for granted, to love our spouses more than our ministry, and to keep...

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Finding Happiness Beyond Comparison by Max Lucado

Happiness is a deeply rooted sense of contentment that does not depend on circumstances. And the fact of the matter is, happiness matters to God. There’s no call to naivete or superficial happy talk. Jesus spoke candidly about sin and death and the needs of the human...

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A Book To Save Your Life

Every so often a great book comes out that is the latest ‘must have’ about ‘something’. Today I want to share about such a book for those who serve in ministry. It is so much more than just a good read, it could literally change your whole life! I devoured it. Page...

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Ten Fears Of Church Leaders ( Thom Rainer)

  I have not hidden my love for pastors and other church leaders. And I have said and written on many occasions that these church leaders often have a very difficult work. In fact, I recently told a large gathering of seminary students to consider very seriously...

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Ponder, Plan and Position

If you haven’t managed to yet, then be sure to make some time this month to ponder and plan for this new year that lies ahead. There is still plenty time to do so. A day retreat, a sabbatical, or just fencing off some hours one day for ourselves can be so very...

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The Gate Of the Year

“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”...

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