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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. The Desire to Leave Your Ministry?
    22 Jul, 2017
    The Desire to Leave Your Ministry?
    One of the challenges that those in ministry face, whether full-time or part-time, is knowing when God may be moving us to another ministry. That may mean moving from youth ministry to a senior pastor position or relocating to a new church or community. All of us have faced difficult times in ministry, where we begin to question if it is time to move on. Sometimes the
  2. Letters of Encouragement; Stand firm in the faith
    15 Jul, 2017
    Letters of Encouragement; Stand firm in the faith
    My dear brother, my purpose is to encourage and support you in whatever circumstances you have to face. I know today that whatever I have suffered, God had a plan for it all. I wish that I had adequate space to tell you how He showed me that it is worthwhile to trust and obey His will – which is NOT to throw in the towel.
  3. Encouraging My Spouse in Ministry
    07 Jul, 2017
    Encouraging My Spouse in Ministry
    There are always going to be difficulties in any ministry one serves in. My husband and I went through a difficult one a while back--one of those that has you editing your resume and wondering how bad it would be to just work at Walmart. If you’re in ministry, you’ve probably had your own experiences with those tough seasons. Maybe the church plant that started with a hundred people has dwindled to a few families six months in. The new evangelism
  4. Breaking through Barriers
    01 Jul, 2017
    Breaking through Barriers
    Although it wasn’t easy for Paul, he did it. It might not be easy for you, but with peace and perseverance, you can do it. Just remember this--breaking through barriers in ministry can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.
  5. 1 John 3:11; A Vision of Love
    23 Jun, 2017
    1 John 3:11; A Vision of Love
    There are times in your ministry where you're going to see the potential for growth. Last year we were working on updating our facility for the youth program. The fact is that the room had not been updated in almost two decades. There's a running joke among the ministry staff that my room had become the chair graveyard.
  6. A Letter of Encouragement
    18 Jun, 2017
    A Letter of Encouragement
    I would like to share some encouraging words for pastor and ministers. You can do this. Yes, you heard that right. You can do this! God is the one who has called you, and God is the One who will equip you for the calling. From Abraham to Moses, and from David to Paul, God always enables His people to accomplish the purposes He has set before them. Whether you are a senior pastor at a large and growing church, a missionary in a foreign land,
  7. The Value of a Missionary Debriefing
    04 Jun, 2017
    The Value of a Missionary Debriefing
    We all know there are many types of people in the world. But in debriefing settings, they very frequently boil down to people who like to talk, and people who don’t. For a long time, I fell into the second category. After all, I grew up on the mission field. I knew how all of this worked and I didn’t see a particular need to talk about feelings. Adapting was just part of life. But my opinion on all types of debriefing has changed completely.
  8. Philemon 1:25- Having Faith
    26 May, 2017
    Philemon 1:25- Having Faith
    Having Faith, Not Worry There's something amazing about the summer. Schools are out. Families are planning trips, and churches are preparing for camps and summer activities. Last year, the church I am serving in now started doing something it had never done- something called "Hang Time" at the church. What this was and continues to be is this block of time Tuesdays through Thursdays where our church doors are open to the youth in the community. I had never done anything like that. I was
  9. Find Balance in Life
    20 May, 2017
    Find Balance in Life
    Ministry is hard and often the family is stuck with the remaining time and energy a pastor has at the end of the day, and this can cause issues. I've always felt that encouragement for pastors through this struggle is necessary. A question that has often come up when dealing with stress in the family of a minister has been... If there is always going to be a professional ministry
  10. Zephaniah 3:17; Approaching Stress in Ministry
    09 May, 2017
    Zephaniah 3:17; Approaching Stress in Ministry
    Approaching Stress in Ministry When I first started working in ministry, I had just turned 25 years old. I still had that fresh-out-of-college smell and was working as a Youth Minister at a small church outside of Memphis, Tennessee. There was a boy there named Thomas. Now Thomas was a troubled young man, his father worked two full-time jobs, and his mother had not been a part of his life for a long time. He didn't really have a sense of what it meant to be a man, so he would act out (I know it
  11. Connecting with Families in Ministry
    05 May, 2017
    Connecting with Families in Ministry
    Ministry can be an overwhelming experience. Whether you are acting in a traditional pastoral role or not, connecting with local families is vital for a thriving ministry. Sometimes, it is hard to balance relationships with people in your church. You need to keep a healthy distance from members. Other times, you need to foster a deeper connection. We have a great article about cultivating
  12. Working through Politics in Ministry
    21 Apr, 2017
    Working through Politics in Ministry
    I like to think of politics in church as the remnants of the Pharisee mindset: These men believed they understood God’s word so completely that when the Truth actually spoke to them, they were unable to receive Him. And not only did they reject Him, they set out to remove Him from the equation altogether. They did not only want Jesus gone because he claimed to be the Messiah, they wanted Him gone because He was bringing change to their system. If you had to sum up Jesus’ mission in one word, it

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