Pastors Edge Blog

Looking for fresh ideas and thoughts to help you spur your sermon preparation? Read these these insightful articles by Dr. Merritt and the Pastors Edge team and find wisdom and encouragement today!

02Dec 2017

Encouraging note taking by your congregation will significantly improve their retention of the preaching. Often pastors concentrate on how dynamic the presentation of the teaching will be without as much regard to how they will help the congregation retain the information. But note taking is absolutely key to the sermon penetrating beyond the pews and […]

30Nov 2017

Stewardship is the root canal of sermon topics. Every pastor dreads it, yet know that it is necessary, even essential, to teach foundational truth regarding stewardship in our overly-materialistic culture. In recent months the topic has taken on significance in many churches as economic conditions weigh on congregations. Many pastors have been caught flat-footed with […]

28Nov 2017

Not every sermon is a “home run” that has the congregation high-fiving you on the way out the door and people streaming down the aisles to profess life-change. We all know this to be true, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the preacher is not well-prepared, or other service elements might have gone flat before […]

26Nov 2017

Study and preparation are vital and they are important to being the preacher that God wants you to be.  But, let me tell you what is wrong with a lot of us.  We go to college, go to seminary, get educated, hang enough degrees on the wall to look like a thermometer, and then we […]

24Nov 2017

Christmas, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, New Years—each year the church faces the task of figuring out how to make the most of these holiday weekends. Some pastors look at holidays as a nuisance—people out traveling leads to lower attendance, often making for a mad scramble to fill volunteer slots. And of course […]

20Nov 2017

When you are sad, call on John 14 When you don’t feel loved, call on Romans 8:38-39 When you have sinned, call on 1 John 1:8-9 When you are facing danger, call on Psalm 91 When people have failed you, call on Psalm 27 When God feel far from you, call on Psalm 139 When […]

18Nov 2017

Recently our church staff leadership has begun specific discussion on the issue of diversity. At some level every church must deal with how it will approach the racial makeup of the congregation. Some church leaders simply ignore the issue, which is, I believe, to the church’s ultimate detriment. Others accept racial change in their congregation, […]

16Nov 2017

In promoting herself, the church is first acting in obedience to Christ to make disciples, to tell others about Christ and to serve the world. What then is the goal of promotion in relation to these activities? We must know our goal if we are to be effective in using our resources to promote the […]

12Nov 2017

“What kind of pastor are you?” Have you ever considered that question deeply? In a church leadership role we all have preconceptions and ideas of what a pastor should be. Add to that the plethora of blogs and books and conferences (including this one) which proclaim constantly what a pastor ought to be. The fact […]

10Nov 2017

Many pastors believe in the essential importance of messages that are timely. That is, the Sunday teaching must approach ideas that are in the news, culture and church body today. This approach is widely reflected in the evangelical North American church—indeed even in the theming of message and series that Pastors Edge offers. From titles […]