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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Staying Healthy as a Missionary
    17 Aug, 2017
    Staying Healthy as a Missionary
    My ears naturally perk up whenever I hear someone talk about the mission field or Christian missionary stories. The subject stirs very different images and associations in my heart, as it does for everyone who has called the mission field home. There are spiritual battles everywhere, but as a missionary ordinary life struggles are often exacerbated by the fact that you are living in a culture and community that is foreign to you.
  9. Protecting Your Family from Negativity
    10 Aug, 2017
    Protecting Your Family from Negativity
    If you hope to overcome criticism as a Christian, you first have to understand that it comes with following Christ. There is a reason that in John 15:18 Jesus says, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated Me first.” In other words, He was telling us that following Him would put us on the outskirts of society.
  10. Engaging Families in Ministry
    02 Aug, 2017
    Engaging Families in Ministry
    Church ministry depends heavily on the family. An effective, thriving local church is always working to find better ways to engage the entire family. How do we keep the family unit involved and encouraged? How do we engage each member of the family in our ministry without putting up walls? It starts with you. As Paul addresses leadership in the church in Titus and 1 Timothy, he does not exclude the family. 1 Timothy
  11. 1 John 5:3- Christian Obedience
    27 Jul, 2017
    1 John 5:3- Christian Obedience
    There are moments in life that require an "if" mindset. Sometimes, that "if"  mindset is needed. For instance, I tell my youth that IF they study, they're more likely to do well in their classes; IF we raise enough money in our fundraisers, we might have enough leftover to go to Six Flags on our way home. I tell my pastor that IF he approves me for full-time ministry, I'll be able to reach more teens. For the most part, we can
  12. 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

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