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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!

 

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 […]