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Welcome to the Pastors Edge Blog. Here, you will find insights developed from years of pastoral experience and tips derived from decades of trial and error. Our goal is to encourage you as a pastor and help you with your day-to-day ministry.

Many of these articles are written by our Senior Pastor, Dr. James Merritt, but we also have insightful writings from other ministers currently serving the church. If you have a topic you’d like us write about, by all means contact us today.

Feel free to reach out to us at anytime. We’re here to help you as much as we can. Thank you for stopping by, and May God bless you and your ministry!


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 […]