Garrett Kell

How important is a pastor’s devotional life?

By Garrett Kell | 07.27.2017

There’s nothing more important than a pastor’s devotional life.

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors

By Garrett Kell | 04.13.2017

Pastors, we must use some of our best time, energy, and resources training up plumbers, lawyers, teachers, and bankers.

Book Review: Church Planting Thresholds, by Clint Clifton

Review by Garrett Kell | 10.27.2016

This resource will be among the books our church planters will spend time reading in the future. I happily recommend it.

Making Changes

By Garrett Kell | 08.16.2016

Garrett Kell’s session during the First 5 Years conference in Fort Worth, TX. For more about 9Marks conferences and ministry, please visit

Pastor’s Forum: Stories of Answered Prayer

By A. Menikoff, D. Newkirk, G. Conner, G. Kell, J. Vincent, S. Kelly | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

A few brief stories of how God has answered church-wide prayers.

27 Ways to Use Your Confession and Covenant

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

The ways we can use Statements of Faith and Church Covenants in our churches are many, but what matters most is that if we have them, we use them to help each other follow Jesus.

Book Review: The Imperfect Pastor, by Zack Eswine

Review by Garrett Kell | 03.07.2016

Whether you’re a young pastor, a seasoned pastor, a broken pastor, or a pastor’s wife, you should add this book to your must-read list.

Book Review: Caring for Widows, by Brian Croft and Austin Walker

Review by Garrett Kell | 10.20.2015

Widows matter to God, and they should matter to God’s people as well.

A Sample Statement on Regular Church Attendance

By Garrett Kell | 09.01.2015

Faithful attendance honors Christ and builds up His church. Non-attendance moves in the other direction. It makes light of His name and harms His church in many ways and for many reasons.

First Five Years 2015

By B. Jamieson, E. Aponte, G. Kell, H. Singh, J. Yong, J. Onwuchekwa, J. Worsley, K. Mbugua, M. Dever, S. Linne, T. Lee | 04.20.2015

First Five Years was a 9Marks Conference to encourage and instruct new pastors. If you are new in your ministry—perhaps in preparation, or in the first years of a church plant, or in your first church, or just beginning your pastorate in a new place—this conference is meant to equip you.

Giving and Receiving Godly Criticism: Sharpening Each Other With Your Words

By Garrett Kell | 02.03.2015

God uses his people to speak the truth to one another in love, and this includes critical truth. If you’re missing this element in your discipling relationships, you’re like a shepherd with no rod.

Advice for a New Elder

By Garrett Kell | 12.17.2014

Here’s the summary of what more seasoned pastors had to say to a young man who is stepping in as a new overseer.

On the Art & Practice of Preaching

By G. Kell, M. Dever | 11.03.2014

Is expositional preaching the only kind of faithful preaching? Are personal illustrations useful or unacceptable? How can preachers encourage obedience without veering toward moralism? In this wide-ranging interview, Garrett Kell talks with Mark Dever on the art and practice of preaching.

Book Review: On Preaching, by H. B. Charles

Review by Garrett Kell | 10.27.2014

I wanted a resource to both improve my preaching and to pass on to young preachers. I didn’t come away disappointed.

Encourage One Another: Giving Grace with Your Words

By Garrett Kell | 09.24.2014

Encouragement is like oxygen in the life of a church. It keeps hearts beating, minds clear, and hands inspired to serve.

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