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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A Royal Tour by Rev Kenny Borthwick

A Royal Tour by Rev Kenny Borthwick

Had a dream last night that my car could be controlled remotely from home. In the dream I found It seemed to have a life of its own and was going where it wanted and was no longer being controlled by me! I laughed and laughed. This was not an “oh no!” moment, but a...

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Christmas is coming… and Christ is Here

Christmas is coming… and Christ is Here

In many of our homes, and all around us, preparations are well underway for Christmas. This year some have followed the idea this year of putting up Christmas trees and decorations just a bit earlier than usual. There are different competitions going on in many...

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Remember To Give Thanks

Remember To Give Thanks

One thing that Americans continue to celebrate well is Thanksgiving Holiday on the last Thursday of November (which was yesterday). Perhaps like many of our own religious holidays, the holiness of the day has somewhat slipped over the centuries but honouring the...

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Tending Our Mental And Spiritual Health

Tending Our Mental And Spiritual Health

Who would have imagined back in March that we would still be living with varying degrees of lockdown and restrictions on our daily living due to Covid-19? I think most of us have just about managed to trundle along from month to month as we faced uncertainty around...

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5 Traits Of Churches That Will Build Again

5 Traits Of Churches That Will Build Again

For more than eight months now, most churches have been doing everything possible to navigate what may be remembered as the most difficult season in ministry. If not the most difficult, likely the most complicated. We often talk of the new normal, and that’s a great...

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Pic ‘n’ Mix

Pic ‘n’ Mix

Most of us remember days when we would go to the shops or cinema and fill a bag of sugary treats from the wonderful pic ‘n’ mix section. A wall of sweet delights, every colour and shape imaginable was there to entice us. As we recall our personal favourites, the...

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Laughter Is Good For The Soul

Laughter Is Good For The Soul

In these uncertain days, it may be that we are aren’t finding much to laugh about, understandably. And yet laughter is proven to be hugely beneficial to our overall wellbeing. The Bible tells us that even God laughs. It also states that laughter is good for our health...

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How Are YOU Doing?

How Are YOU Doing?

The above question is one that many of us in leadership and ministry find ourselves asking many times a day, in many different ways and to many different people. It’s a genuine caring question for those who are pastoring, coaching, counselling, and just simply...

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