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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. Project Update: Working through Phase 3
    23 Mar, 2017
    Project Update: Working through Phase 3
    Our Vision in Ministry is Making Progress... It's been quite some time since we last posted an update on this wonderful little project. It's been a longer road than we thought. Our vision in ministry for this book is simple. Nate Allen and I (Matthew) desired to create a book that would be an encouragement to those serving in a ministry capacity. It didn't seem like the story of Jacob would do that at first but we have learned that there is a great deal to learn from Jacob's story.  There is a
  2. The Ministry Calling- A Wife's Perspective Part 2
    16 Mar, 2017
    The Ministry Calling- A Wife's Perspective Part 2
    When things seem to be getting out of hand with your husband’s time, humbly approach him and seek out a solution. Supporting him in ministry can also come in the form of reminding him to slow down and rest. The ministry calling may primarily have been given to your spouse but they can't do it on their own. make it a point in your ministry family to support each other as much as you can.
  3. Acts 6:2- Pastors Need Peace in Ministry
    11 Mar, 2017
    Acts 6:2- Pastors Need Peace in Ministry
    Finding peace in your ministry can be difficult but there are many ways that one can do this. One of the most important ways to do this is through prayer time with God. It may not seem important for a minister to be ministered to, or for them to have time with God, but the truth is, we all need time with God.
  4. Peace in Ministry while Starting in Ministry
    05 Mar, 2017
    Peace in Ministry while Starting in Ministry
    This is a common question many people battle with while starting in ministry. Though not exclusively, as some ministers who have been in ministry for a long time occasionally come face to face with this issue, they lack peace in ministry. This kind of dilemma surfaces when you are faced with a difficult decision to make or are anxious
  5. Zephaniah 2:3- Growing in Your Ministry
    28 Feb, 2017
    Zephaniah 2:3- Growing in Your Ministry
    Life in ministry can be daunting but there are those moments when growing in your ministry makes it all worth it. You are able to witness something astounding, the people you are ministering to are growing just like you.
  6. The Right Time for Change
    20 Feb, 2017
    The Right Time for Change
    Knowing if it is the right time for change is not an easy task. One of the most important things we can do as ministers is to ask ourselves and those we work with “is it a time for change?”... One of the biggest issues comes when we have some big ideas regarding our current plans and we see things beginning to go a different direction. We see that God is actually leading to a change in ministry.
  7. Rest and Work: Abiding in Christ
    10 Feb, 2017
    Rest and Work: Abiding in Christ
    There are times when you are going to feel like you're in a desert in your ministry. It will feel like there is nothing happening and to be honest, you may not like it, but there are also going to be times when you feel as if you're just blossoming with new life and energy. Both are important; both indicate God is working.
  8. Pastor's Grow Weary?
    01 Feb, 2017
    Pastor's Grow Weary?
    If you are a pastor you’ve felt it. You are not preaching with the same gusto. Studying is a struggle. Prayer feels like a prick in your heart. Your heart? Yes, that’s where the problem lies.
  9. Clarifying Your Devotion and Expectation
    25 Jan, 2017
    Clarifying Your Devotion and Expectation
    The Christian life and its ministry is a community project; and this God-designed community, if maximized well by a Christian, will become a strong hedge of support that will protect him/her against the paralyzing effect of burnout or the psychological drying up of desire and expectation to continue in the pursuit of God’s call in your life.
  10. The Ministry Calling- A Wife's Perspective
    13 Jan, 2017
    The Ministry Calling- A Wife's Perspective
    As the wife of a minister, you can successfully guard your heart and your marriage if you know what kinds of struggles to expect and how the Lord will grant success. Maybe you have been married for years and this call to vocational ministry has come unexpectedly to you. No matter your place in life, there are ways to prepare for the struggles and the joys ahead in your marriage.
  11. Change in Ministry
    30 Dec, 2016
    Change in Ministry
    Our beloved Shepherd did it in divine perfection. We, however, have our human limitations. We have our ups, but frequently, also our downs. We do not always understand why but we must consider change. It’s a part of life and a part of our spiritual growth. Without it we stay where we are. However, we must also consider this, “change” should not develop into mere “entertainment” with irrelevant frills.
  12. The Role of the Pastor's Wife
    15 Dec, 2016
    The Role of the Pastor's Wife
    As a Pastor's Wife, what is my role in encouraging him and his ministry? in our family? Written By: Stephanie Caudle The Role of the Pastor’s Wife Serving as a pastor’s wife can appear to be one of the most exciting roles in the Christian world. You have the opportunity to sit front and center and watch as God’s love and Word is manifested through your husband. While it may look glamorous, as with anything else, every day is not always sunny. Some days your husband gets discouraged;

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