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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!

 

24Jun 2017

The buzz word in today’s world is not just preaching, but it is communicating. I think this is important because, though not all communicating is preaching, all preaching is communicating. There are four keys to effect communication. Confidence All preaching should exhibit absolute, unequivocal, confidence in the Bible as the Word of God. A great […]

20Jun 2017

A pastor’s words from the pulpit can often be divisive and sharp—and not necessarily in tone or delivery. Preaching requires standing on God’s Word, revealing weakness and sin, and calling out for obedience or repentance. Sometimes, thought, the controversy is less clear-cut. In our minds we’ll ask “What would Jesus do?” to try to bring […]

16Jun 2017

When teaching week after week it’s possible to lose a sense of direction when it comes to our preaching, the Gospel and moving the church in a clear and intentional path from the pulpit. Step back and try this exercise to get a little perspective: If this Sunday were the last sermon you ever preached, […]

14Jun 2017

Here are ten books Dr. Merritt recommends every Pastor read: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem He Is Not Silent by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Knowing God by J. I. Packer The Gospel According To Jesus by John MacArthur Good To Great by Jim Collins God, Revelation And Authority by Carl F. H. Henry The Cross […]

12Jun 2017

From blockbuster movies to Broadway plays, most presentations come down to three “acts”. Act 1 is the introduction. Where did this come from? You can probably thank Aristotle who put forth the idea that “A whole is what has a beginning, middle and end”. Now the drama people will clearly tell you that a dramatic […]

10Jun 2017

A confession to begin this article: I am not a pastor. I have worked for some excellent ones, and I have observed many, many more over the years. In communications roles in churches I have spoken with scores of pastors and other church leaders to help them solve interesting communications issues. I think pastors are […]