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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Keeping Encouraged and Supported

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...

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God’s Got Your Number !

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...

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Change is in the air for ESPS Ministries

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...

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Godly Mothers (natural and spiritual)

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,...

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The Useless Tree

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...

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Even Ministers Suffer From Suicidal Thoughts

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...

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A ‘Precious Grace’

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...

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The Fathers LOVE Letter

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...

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

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...

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