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Why Are We Here?
Welcome to Love the Saints Ministries! We are Matt and Traci Elliott and our desire for this website is to be a resource of encouragement for those working in church ministry capacities. Having been in various ministry positions ourselves, we know that even Pastors, Youth Pastors, and other Ministry Workers need encouragement along the way. From burnout to facing harsh criticism, the struggle of making family a priority to making your own relationship with the Lord a priority, we know that those in ministry face their own unique challenges. Please check out our articles, written by a variety of experienced authors, as well as our other resources. We hope it is an uplifting experience!
Love the Saints Ministries exists solely to encourage believers serving in ministry in their journey of faith every step of the way. With Love the Saints Ministries (LTSM) we intend to give to others, through Gods guiding hand, the same encouragement we have received. If life has taught us one thing it is that even those that claim to have the strongest faith need a little bit of encouragement sometimes. Our journey has been filled with its ups and downs and we have been encouraged and strengthened by others along the way. 
“Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.” (Philemon 1:7 NLT)
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  1. Letters of Encouragement: Breaking Through in the Ministry
    26 Nov, 2017
    Letters of Encouragement: Breaking Through in the Ministry
    Do you feel that you’ve gotten stuck in your ministry? Feel like you’ve reached the end of your plans, your resources, and your expectations? And yet things refuse to work out the way you want them to? Welcome in the boat. You’re not alone. Let’s go through this together. You and I (along with many other pastors!) are members of the same body – the body of Jesus Christ – that we seriously want to activate, energize and see things happening (1Cor.12:12-27; Eph.4: God’s Role in our Ministry So
  2. 5 Ways to Pray for Your Church
    18 Nov, 2017
    5 Ways to Pray for Your Church
    As I stepped up on the sidewalk, I realized I was looking forward to going to church that morning. It was the first time in weeks I’d felt that way. Somehow I had slipped into a season where going to church felt more like a duty than delight.
  3. 2 Timothy 2:24-26: What is the Pastor’s Real Calling?
    12 Nov, 2017
    2 Timothy 2:24-26: What is the Pastor’s Real Calling?
    I didn’t like it when God opened my eyes to this passage. Matter of fact, these verses are tough to swallow. However, they are the job description of ministry. If we are going to be pastors, then we have to believe that Paul’s final letter to his “son” in the faith is very important. The “Lord’s servant” (pastor) must not quarrel, argue, or fight with the people. The pastor must be kind. Let’s face it, sometimes we don’t like being the nice guy. But, in order to “teach” instruct His people in t
  4. Do you Stand by your Pastor?
    04 Nov, 2017
    Do you Stand by your Pastor?
    The main purpose of ministry is to lift up and support those in need. But, what happens when your pastor is the one in need? Are you one of those people who will stand by your pastor or are you the one that holds them to a higher standard? Whether we admit it or not, we always hold pastors to a higher standard.
  5. Amazing Missionary Stories
    26 Oct, 2017
    Amazing Missionary Stories
    The beauty of missionary service is that you are rarely all alone. Besides the genuine fellowship and comfort of Christ, there is a beautiful spiritual brotherhood that unites missionaries to each other and to those who have gone before them. The stories of the first missionaries in the Bible have inspired and encouraged countless missionaries across the centuries. And today Christian missionary stories are more accessible than
  6. Help Your Pastor by Serving in a Church
    15 Oct, 2017
    Help Your Pastor by Serving in a Church
    A few years ago I found myself serving in a church that did things a little bit different than the other churches I had been a part of. Whenever someone desired to join the church, the entire body of believers had an opportunity to ask him questions about his Christian life. Most people didn’t ask anything. Some people asked doctrinal questions. Others asked for clarification about the candidate’s personal testimony of salvation.
  7. Supporting Your Family in Ministry
    10 Oct, 2017
    Supporting Your Family in Ministry
    We were walking out the door for our anniversary dinner when the phone rang. A church member was on the other end of the line. Her husband was dying, and she wanted the pastor to come. There wasn’t much of a choice to make: He had to go. Our plans could wait. During our fifteen years in ministry, we’ve had to learn that while we will never sacrifice our family, sometimes ministry requires our family to make sacrifices.
  8. Conflict in a Church
    01 Oct, 2017
    Conflict in a Church
    If you’ve been in the ministry very long, you’ve certainly had to deal with conflict in a church. It can be one of the most stressful and worrisome times for even the most experienced pastors. If you’re like me, you have a natural and healthy aversion to confrontation. Yet, our ministry calls for us to confront those who would bring shame on the name of Christ. That’s what Paul had to do. Confrontation is woven throughout his two letters to
  9. A Healthy Prayer and Devotional Life
    23 Sep, 2017
    A Healthy Prayer and Devotional Life
    Have you ever heard of Murphy’s Law? Murphy’s Law is an old saying that states, “If it can go wrong, it will.” Although this “law" is more of a humorous take on life, there is a sliver of truth in it. Sometimes, things just go wrong. Life is not always sunshine and rainbows, and ministry is no exception. Every Pastor needs a healthy prayer and devotional life.
  10. Malachi 4:5: Combating Loneliness
    13 Sep, 2017
    Malachi 4:5: Combating Loneliness
    Sometimes, ministers are put in some of the loneliest situations. We are surrounded by people all day, but it's hard to make those connections with people that turn into friendships. When I was in my first year of ministry, a worship leader I was working with had taken the time to get to know me, and I quickly developed a friendship with him. I had to.
  11. Helping your Pastor find Success
    02 Sep, 2017
    Helping your Pastor find Success
    It’s easy to forget that a pastor is human and no different than anyone else. I imagine this is because they represent our perfect Savior. But, the distinction is important. They are human just like you and me and need all the help they can get carrying the heavy and be a trying cross of ministry. Pastors and leaders are expected to help their entire
  12. Philemon 1:6; Recognizing Leadership in Ministry
    29 Aug, 2017
    Philemon 1:6; Recognizing Leadership in Ministry
    This is the hardest part of the year for me- graduation. As a youth minister, I can tell you (and if you are one, you know exactly what I'm talking about) that letting go of your graduating seniors is one of the hardest things that you'll do in this job. For me, it's especially hard because we're losing 6. That's the highest amount we've had so far, but I can tell you that there is a

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