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

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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Christmas Blessings

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our subscribers, readers, and ESPS Ministries supporters a very Merry Christmas indeed. Thank you for all your encouragement and engagement over this year. It is a joy to connect with you and journey together in all...

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Christmas Praise

Five years ago the popular Songs Of Praise programme conducted their first ever online vote to discover the nation’s most popular carols. Over twenty five thousand viewers chose their favourites. The top ten results at the time, listed in alphabetical order are...

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The God Of Miracles

The Christmas miracle is our first encounter with our precious Saviour. From the miracle of the virgin birth, Jesus himself went on to perform some 37 miracles, at least those that are recorded for us by eye witnesses. These accounts represent only a small number of...

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The Spirit Of Christmas

  Many of us enjoy watching Christmas movies. Soppy, sweet, nostalgic, warm and loving. I’m all in! They are a real tonic for the soul. Christmas is of course the central theme of each movie. As well as all the festivities, food, and family preparations, the...

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Husbands, pray with your wives!

I’d like to give a small word of practical advice to husbands. Pray with and for your wife. In evangelical Christian marriages, the issue of roles and leadership tend to plague both husbands and wives. When hormonal euphoria begins to wane in a relationship, the...

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Thanks – Giving

Thanksgiving weekend isn’t just something celebrated by our American cousins. Thanksgiving weekend is celebrated in many town and city churches in our nation and beyond as Christians gather to give thanks to God for His goodness in all His blessing and provision....

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Sieze The Season

The advertising seems to get earlier each year. Decorations in store windows, countless toy promotions on repeat, and Christmas tunes serenading us in most shops. Yes indeed - Christmas is coming! Thing is though – it really is still a good way off, almost 6 weeks or...

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Time To Remember

Remembrance Sunday is such a special day in the life of our nation as we remember those who fought for and secured our freedom  in the 1st and 2nd World Wars primarily, and every other conflict since. We must never forget about the men and women who gave their lives...

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Spiritual Warfare

  God made it very clear in His word that we have an enemy that we cannot see, and his main goal is to ‘kill, steal and destroy’( John 10v10). Basically his remit is to thwart God’s purposes in your life and in your ministry. He is intentional and at times...

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