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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!

 

22Oct 2017

Recently I led a small group study on other religions. During one week of the study, I gave an overview of Islam, and a friend was kind enough to loan me a copy of the Quran to review and use in our discussion. As she handed me the book, she said, “Be sure not to […]

20Oct 2017

We’re often asked how we name and theme message series with Dr. Merritt. At his church, it’s a team approach. The Pastor details where God is leading him to preach, often with specific passages and key sermon points given to the planning team. Then, it’s our job to wrap the message or series in a […]

18Oct 2017

When I accepted my very first pastorate, at the tender age of twenty-three, it didn’t take me long to understand the two words that are constantly on the mind of any pastor and that is, “Sunday’s coming.”  It didn’t take me long to learn that study (and a lot of it) was going to be […]

16Oct 2017

In modern media-saturated culture, there’s a push from leading churches—especially larger churches—for a constant stream of teaching. Series follow series, with multiple emphases thrown in regarding various ministries for good measure. A few “attractional” sermons that draw a crowd, the in-depth series on a Bible book, the missions emphasis, family emphasis, practical series on finances, […]

14Oct 2017

I’ve pastored my church eighteen years. And I can tell you that even though I pastor in the buckle of the Bible Belt, reaching people today is different than it was eighteen years ago. When I first came to Georgia, you could lead somebody to Christ on Tuesday, they’d walk the aisle on Sunday, you […]

12Oct 2017

I’ve served at several churches over the years which have been through times of transition. Staff, direction or core ministry areas go through major change, and during that time, a significant number of people leave the church. Even in times of stability, the church gains and loses members regularly—prayerfully, gaining more than they lose over […]