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!

24Mar 2017

I’m writing this just having swallowed two of the latest leadership books for pastors and ministers. For the purposes of this article, I will define leadership as “the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.” In other words, leadership […]

20Mar 2017

The average tenure and salary for pastors is shrinking. The hours are long and the demands are great. Despite the commitment and conviction of godly men who answer God, train for and accept the role of pastor, many push themselves to the limit physically, mentally and spiritually. A 1998 study by the Francis A. Schaeffer […]

18Mar 2017

You can stand up on Sunday in the pulpit and deliver a marvelous message. It can have a captivating introduction, an easy to follow format, and be delivered with ease and candor. It can have a few funny tales thrown in to lighten the mood, and a few powerful moments to drive home a point. […]

16Mar 2017

(Part 3 of a series on Unbranding the Church) Marketing the church produces “believers” (I’m using that term very loosely here) that look like the world. The natural result of marketing, the goal of which is to cater to the consumer, is to produce a happy and satisfied customer. Marketing seeks to meet a perceived […]

15Mar 2017

(Part 2 of a series on Unbranding the Church) Churches that intentionally engage in marketing efforts are most often seeking to grow their congregations numerically. There are two passages I would reference when thinking about church growth. God’s Word is clear on both the method and means of growth in the church–and Who provides or efforts […]

14Mar 2017

(Part 1 of a series on Unbranding the Church) I have been allowed to serve in a ministry promotion role in the local church for two decades, focusing on print and online media, video and broadcast, copywriting, press relations and advertising–all the tools of the marketing arsenal. So it may come as a surprise for […]

12Mar 2017

As church leaders we often look to our peers in ministry for directional clues. What ministries and avenues today are most effective for reaching others and making disciples? How have those changed from ten years ago? And most importantly, what will be the new ideas that will drive the church ten years from now? Let […]

10Mar 2017

The Bible presents many truths about Jesus. Here are 100 Truths About Jesus for you to consider: Jesus claimed to be God – John 8:24; 8:56-59 (see Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33 Jesus is called God – John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8 Jesus is the image of the invisible God – Heb. […]

08Mar 2017

What if you were faced with a situation where you had to cut your church budget significantly? Where would you start? How would you go about deciding what (and who!) could stay, and what you could do without? This may become a reality within any recession in North America. A church I served faced this situation […]

06Mar 2017

I think there are many aspects more important to the health and biblical function of a church than an “excellent guest experience”. Frankly, if we’re really “being” the church in our own lives and as a body, people will know it and Christ will draw them to Himself through it. At the same time, evaluating a […]