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This is my favorite episode of The Growing Pastor podcast yet. I’m joined today by my brother and friend, Cam Triggs. Cam is a church planting resident with The Summit Network preparing to plant a brand new church in Orlando, FL this spring called Grace Alive.

It was such a pleasure to have Cam on the show. I’ve been blessed to get to know Cam and his family through our small group. He’s been a friend and encouragement through what’s been a challenging time in my ministry, and I think this podcast could be a great encouragement for you, too.

In this episode, Cam and I talk about mentorship, the pros and cons to going to seminary, ministering from a place of connection with Christ and more.


1:08 – Cam’s ministry story and early life
2:40 – How God used music to introduce him to the gospel
3:41 – How the faithful witness of a security guard brought cam to faith
7:27 – How Cam’s mentoring experience fueled his passion for ministry
10:46 – How seminary prepared Cam to be a pastor and leader
13:27 – Finding the balance between theological education and connection to Christ
16:07 – What Cam learned as a student pastor
16:58 – The importance of serving in your local church
18:20 – How God uses your current season of ministry to prepare you for where he is leading you
19:25 – Debunking the “mentor myth” – how mentoring actually works in the body of Christ
22:00 – The importance of being a disciple maker
24:03 – Cam and Rob talk about church planting
24:22 – How God called Cam into church planting and how he confirmed and clarified that call
27:23 – How does an aspiring pastor get started in church planting?
30:08 – What do you do if your church doesn’t plant churches?
31:57 – Rob talks about what to do when your pastors say “not yet.”
33:37 – Ministering from a place of connection, not competence
35:45 – How Cam learned to minister from connection
37:28 – How to build an accountability structure for your ministry
39:40 – Cam’s favorite blogs or podcasts for growing as a leader and a pastor
40:05 – The most influential advice Cam has received as a ministry leader
40:20 – What Cam knows now that he wishes he knew at the beginning of his ministry


6:45 – “When you go first, it gives the person you’re sharing the gospel with the chance to go second.”
12:01 – “Training is required. Seminary may not be.”
17:15 – “Jesus isn’t coming back for a seminary. He’s coming back for his Church.”
22:20 – “[Discipleship] isn’t always mentor-to-mentee. A lot of times, it’s mutual discipleship that takes place.”
26:25 – “[Church planting] isn’t about a lone ranger going out by himself and people being drawn to his personality. It’s about developing other leaders.”
38:45 – “We need to realize that Scripture – the bread of life – is where we go to meet God, not to please God.”


Below are some of the links and resources that we mentioned in this episode.

Connect with Cam and Grace Alive

Grace Alive
Grace Alive Social Media – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Cam Triggs

Get free seminary courses online

Tim Keller Preaching Course on iTunes U
Covenant Seminary Free Online Courses
RTS Free Online Courses

Blogs and resources to grow as a pastor and leader

The Gospel Coalition
H.B. Charles Jr. Blog
J.D. Greear