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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!


04Nov 2017

Recently our staff under the leadership of Dr. Merritt began a new practice at our church which has really changed our hearts and attitudes when it comes to prayer. We began meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays to pray over our church. First our senior staff gathers at our lobby Welcome Desk to pray together, […]

02Nov 2017

As a leader, a Pastor will seek out other leaders from which to learn and grow. Most pastors have several key influences in their lives. These personal heroes may also be personal relationships. Often, though, there are several influencers who are more nationally-known figures—prominent pastors and Christian leaders who speak and write regularly, and whose […]

30Oct 2017

James Merritt says that the introduction to a message is among the most important elements of your sermon preparation. Listeners are going to decide in the first 30-60 seconds whether to tune in or tune out what you are saying. Seldom does a pastor capture his audience later on if his introduction is weak. What makes […]

28Oct 2017

Promo cards. Create promotional postcards to hand out and mail, several weeks in advance of the message series. Insert a promo card in each weekend bulletin, and encourage your congregation to hand the card to a friend and invite them to worship. Have ushers hand a card to each person as they leave the building. […]

26Oct 2017

We have all heard Jesus’ words quoted and misquoted a thousand times: “For where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20). But can two or three gather together if they are hundreds or thousands of miles away? Can multiple believers fully and truly commune with […]

24Oct 2017

With the commercialization of Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter, you’d think non-Christian holidays would be easy to skip. But dates like Valentine’s Day and Halloween unfortunately demand some treatment by the church. Either we ignore them, embrace them or sidestep them, but that decision will have a consequence no matter which path we choose […]