July 21, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
Many years ago, I took a second job working at a convenience store to help fund our second child’s Lutheran High education. That job only lasted nine months because it meant working midnights three nights in a row. It was a tiring experience. However, the job became one of the more enlightening experiences of my life. […]
July 14, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer
Not long ago, my wife and I drove past a small town in rural Virginia where there once existed a small, but vital congregation of our denomination. The congregation closed many years ago after dwindling population and a military base closure. At the closing service—a true celebration of ministry—the church was packed with former members […]
July 1, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke
Some may say summer starts when they first jump in the pool or spend an evening at the ballpark. My summer starts when I stuff 1,000 koozies. Every June, our church orders approximately one kajillion koozies and stuffs them with invite and app cards. It’s our official start of outreach season. It’s my official start […]
May 26, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
In my last blog entry, I shared my experience of being “unplugged” while spending two weeks overseas. It was relaxing to say the least. As I returned to the states, I fired up my phone and was greeted by hundreds of emails, phone messages, texts, Facebook notifications and all the communications from Linkedin, Twitter and […]
May 18, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
My wife and I recently returned from a two-week trip to the British Isles. We decided that while overseas we didn’t need to pay for an international plan on both of our cell phones. My wife’s job requires her to be available daily so those she serves are able to communicate with her on a […]
May 11, 2017 | Posted by Taylor Overstreet
“May we have the Financial Report?” I’ve heard that request in several congregations I have served as a District staffer and a consultant. The answers often fall into one of these categories: “I don’t have the figures with me. They are pretty much the same as last month. But we are in good shape. All the […]
As a consultant for Capital Funding Services (CFS), Randy enjoys assisting the Lord’s people in experiencing the joys of generosity. He is a firm believer in the Scriptural truth that “whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). He says, “Stewardship is simply reflecting the image of our generous God, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” His leadership has encouraged his congregation to provide generous support for ministries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Randy has been a parish pastor for 35 years. For the past 28 years, he has been serving First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Leading a large congregation has enabled him to experience six capital campaigns, allowing him to provide great insights to pastors in capital campaigns and stewardship.
Randy has served Concordia University Wisconsin as an adjunct professor of theology for 26 years. In 2010, the university awarded him the honor of “Distinguished Alumnus.” He has also served 12 years on the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors, including six years as Board Chair and First Vice President of the district. He conducts seminars on generosity and provides encounters for parish pastors to discuss cultural issues and the church’s impact.
Randy resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with his wife, Diana, who is the South Wisconsin District’s Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s District Vice President. They have two married daughters and three granddaughters. Randy’s mission statement is to serve God by serving others.