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

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WEARY LEADERS- WHAT YOU ARE DOING MATTERS

When I was in seminary, one of my professors told our class of future pastors that we should not expect to have close friends in the churches that we lead. It is always best, the professor said, to seek out friendships with people who are not part of our church...

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Just Too Busy ( Rob Parsons)

Do you hate stopping for petrol? If so, it could be because when you pull into the service station you see all the cars you’d previously overtaken going past! Do you do most things quickly? Walking, talking and eating? People say, ‘You’re such a fast eater!’ (What...

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Walk By Faith Not By Sight

"For we walk by faith, not by sight ."(2 Corinthians 5:7). Those words seem simple enough. However, I am learning that fleshing out those words, that simple concept, can be a much tougher assignment. It requires tremendous courage and strength. You must be willing to...

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Suddenly Moments !

  Happens quickly without warning, or unexpectedly, is the dictionary definition of the word ‘suddenly’. This word is one of my favourite biblical words. It appears 167 times in the Bible. In most contexts it speaks of God breaking in. His Kingdom coming and His...

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Failing or Flourishing Vision?

  Have you ever searched high and low for you glasses only to eventually discover they were on your head? Perhaps you still use a magnifying glass to read the daily paper, insisting you don’t need to get your eyes tested just yet? Or maybe you buy various...

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6 Weeks To Go !!

Our Annual Pastors and Leaders Conference is fast approaching. A wonderful day ahead of worship, teaching and encouragement. Regardless of what stage you are at in ministry, there will be great things for you to glean. With just 6 weeks to go, be sure and register...

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Negligence

Actions have consequences. Period. The following is a true story taken from Cape Times , 13th June 1996. “For several months, our nurses have been baffled to find a dead patient in the same bed every Friday morning” a spokeswoman for the Pelonomi Hospital (Free State,...

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THE BIBLE

The Bible. God’s word. Powerful, life giving, transformational, radical, life giving! Sometimes believers underestimate the wonder of this book. God’s words to us. Below are quotes from some famous people in how they see the Bible. You Christians look after a document...

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I Wanted To Change The World

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to...

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What your Spouse Needs

  In the busyness and pressures of work and daily life, some of us make the mistake of being intentional everywhere else but our marriage. A slip up now and again can be rescued, but be careful that lack of priority, unconditional love, thoughtfulness and...

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Finding Rest

Life in the world around us is going at an ever increasing frantic pace. The result of much busyness and over extending ourselves can result in worry, stress, anxiety and depression, and even lead to physical health issues. Work pressures, ministry pressures, family...

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Kindness Always Has It’s Rewards

You may be familiar with this well known story. Although some question its authenticity, or whether it’s apocryphal or not, you’ll get the point. And it’s a good one. As well as actively practicing kindness, it’s a reminder of the biblical truth that we do indeed reap...

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