Dr. Cliff Ferguson
CLIFFORD STANLEY FERGUSON DTH (UNISA) PHD (SRU) Ministry (PPK) BTH (UNISA) NDip (Tech) Project Management (UP) Business and Life Coaching (UJ) Business Continuity (BCi) Instrument Mechanician (Olifantsfontein) Radio Radar electronician (SAAF), is currently Senior manager Strategy, Policy, BC and Management Information at the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA). In 2014 Cliff received the SADC Award for Business Continuity in the Public service whereafter he was nominated for the Global award in the same category. He is affiliated to the Government Research Forum (DPSA) COMENSA, BCi, PPK, Shalom and UNISA Alumni.
As husband, father and grandfather he is married to Salomè, they now have three children, Ilze (with son in law Hein), Keith (with daughter in law Tanya) and Ivan, two grandchildren, Dylan and Katelyn. His one son Kevin, passed away tragically in a car accident at the age of 21.
Cliff is currently busy with research about BCM maturity in the Finance Cluster of the South African Government. He has lectured on topics such as strategy, strategic planning, problem solving, community coaching, e-Church, business continuity and is writing a Christian Community coaching manual. He participates in advisory committees for Business continuity, Christian Ministry, Non-Profit organisations, Governance, Pastoral applications, Coaching and is the Senior Pastor of the Shalom Christian Church, a multicultural congregation in Centurion.
As Practical theologian, Cliff aspires to find solutions to cultural, technical and practical ministry problems. Spiritual problems include denominational barriers, micro and macro church structures, what spiritual value the church adds to South African expatriates, family problems experienced with expatriation and long distance counselling or coaching. Other more technical problems include but are not limited to technology, governance of the Church, customer service, research practices, the use of internet, audio and television services for ministry purposes.
As Pastor he specialises in the teaching ministry but believes that the Church cannot function effectively without God's gifts for the Church. As far as the gifts of God are concerned, seven of the Father, five of the Son and nine of the Holy Spirit are underutilised in the church, if ever there was a theological problem, it is this. At least 21 gifts God intended for the Church and its armoury have been underutilised and misconstrued.
When contemplating vision, he would like to see the auditorium and primary school at the Shalom Church complete by 2018 so that the community would accomplish spiritual and educational success. If he could compare his ministry to a biblical apostle, it would be that of Paul, this for various reasons but mainly that he believes in the tentmaker ministry