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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. 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
  2. Zephaniah 2:7- The Importance of Time
    13 Apr, 2017
    Zephaniah 2:7- The Importance of Time
    he average full-time job requires 40 hours in a week. First, wouldn't that be great if that were true? A friend of mine works as a teacher and laughed in my face when I said this. He explained that he is paid for 40 hours of work, but when he takes in grading, professional development, meetings, special events, club sponsorship, and planning, he probably puts in around 60-70 hours a week. I love teachers, but it's one of those careers that you sacrifice that needed "me" time.
  3. Developing Devotional Life
    09 Apr, 2017
    Developing Devotional Life
    Ministry is the greatest calling upon one’s personal life, and also one of the most difficult. Developing a devotional life is important to that calling for all of those that serve in ministry. Only those in ministry can know the stresses that come with it. While these pressures affect ministers spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally,
  4. Matthew 10:19, 23, 26- They or Them?
    05 Apr, 2017
    Matthew 10:19, 23, 26- They or Them?
    They and them have been around a while. They are easily offended and they never give you the benefit of the doubt. They question your motives, shake your hand, and even give a friendly smile. You may never know who they are because they never talk with you, they go to others and talk about you. And, we never know how many of them there is.
  5. Working through Conflict in a Church
    31 Mar, 2017
    Working through Conflict in a Church
    Conflict in a church is always going to be something we have to work through. God has a plan though and will bless you in your pursuit of peace and love... We must approach God in prayer without ready-made decisions on how we are going to resolve a conflict and/or some way of repaying a wrong.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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