For The Church Podcast

Hosted by Jared Wilson, this podcast from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary features reflections and conversations aimed at encouraging leaders in gospel ministry.

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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 10

Episode 245: Resourcing Your Church by Jared C. Wilson and Jonathan Carswell

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Jonathan Carswell, CEO of 10 of Those, to talk about the unique ministry of effectively resourcing the church, the state of Christian readership, the importance of physical media, what one thing to look for in a Christian book, and how Christian leaders can better equip their own churches for quality reading.

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.