Ross Ferguson

Ross serves as an Academic Advisor, as well as the co-host on the For The Church podcast at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ross earned a Master of Arts in Economics from Heriot Watt University and is a current MDiv student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor for nearly ten years in churches both in the UK and the US. He and his wife, Miriam, have three children – Leah, Eve, and Abbie. You can follow him on Twitter.

Feb 28

Episode 252: Narcissism in the Church by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson talk about the problem with narcissists in the life and leadership of the church. How do we spot narcissism? What is the cause? Is there any remedy? And how would I know if I am one?

Feb 21

Episode 251: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this latest Mailbag installment of the For the Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson answer your submitted questions and topics. This episode features discussion of: pastoral priorities, church first impressions, thoughts on church “vision,” planting vs. revitalization, tailoring worship songs for generational attraction, how to know if you’re called to ministry, and what “threat” Christian nationalism might pose to the church.

Feb 14

Episode 250: Grab Bag! by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

It turns out the Grab Bag concept was a hit! Y’all liked the first episode with this concept so much, we’re going to make it a regular feature on the program. In the Grab Bag episodes, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson each bring 2 surprise topics or questions for the other to answer.

Feb 7

Episode 249: Leading with Brokenness by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss the ins and outs of ministry brokenness. AW Tozer once said, “Before God blesses a man greatly, he must hurt him deeply.” Is that true? How does such thinking play out in terms of leading with transparency, honesty, and confession? What does it look like for ministers to lead with, from, and even *to* brokenness?

Jan 31

Episode 248: Thinking the Best of Each Other by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson talk about a “hermeneutic of suspicion” in our relationships and the impact of viewing others this way upon our lives and local churches. Why should we “believe all things” about others? And how can we do that?

Jan 24

Episode 247: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

A new mailbag installment is here! A couple good questions on preaching, whether it’s ever permissible to “sprinke” rather than immerse, what to do with an unqualified elder team, how important is it to know the biblical languages?, moving a church away from a senior pastor model, and more.

Jan 17

Episode 246: What Happened to the Gospel-Centered Movement? by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

Is the gospel-centered movement dead? Are the young Reformed these days restless? What happened to gospel-centrality and why does it matter? Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss these questions and more on this week’s episode of the FTC Podcast.

Jan 3

Episode 244: The Problem with Resolutions by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss the problems we run into when we make New Year’s resolutions — or resolutions of any kind — and how to best handle new commitments and new habits in the Christian life.

Dec 27

Episode 243: The First Ever “FTC Grab Bag” Episode by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

We start a new feature this week we’re calling the FTC Grab Bag. Unlike the FTC Mailbag, where we answer your submitted questions and topics, on Grab Bag episodes Jared and Ross will each bring “surprise” topics or questions they want to discuss with each other. Will it be interesting? Will it go terribly? Tune in and find out.

Dec 13

Episode 241: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

It’s a Mailbag episode! On this week’s For the Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson answer your questions and discuss your submitted topics, including how to handle burnout and ministry discouragement, advice for pastors who have unmarried couples who are cohabitating, developing a culture of Bible readers in the church, the place of apologetics or academic discussions in preaching, identifying potential elders, and even our favorite dad jokes.