May 4, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke
Recently, I was excitedly talking to a friend about the success we’d found in streaming our services through Facebook Live. “It’s so easy! It’s free! It reaches people who are simply scrolling through Facebook!” By the time I finished my pitch, I was glowing. Surely, he’d bow at my feet, eternally grateful for the wisdom […]
April 20, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht
Let’s face it. We live in a noisy world. The majority of messages sent are never seen or heard by the intended audience. Unfortunately, the same is true for the most important message in the world: The Gospel of the forgiveness of sins by grace, through faith, because of Jesus Christ. If we want our […]
February 9, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood
The other day I was spending some time with a friend who is in human resources at a major recreation company. As we talked about his experience and training he reminded me of an important principle: diversity and inclusion are not one and the same. While we often hear them together, and they are related, […]
August 4, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch
We live in a comfort oriented culture. We choose furniture based as much on comfort as style. Car salesmen emphasize a comfortable ride. Whether we are dressing for a casual picnic or a formal dinner, we think about comfort. If our occupation requires us to be on our feet we want comfortable shoes. If our […]
July 25, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke
The phrase “meet you where you’re at” is a popular one in today’s churches. It’s a good line! It’s a good mindset. I think it’s bigger and simpler than we even realize. To meet people where they’re at, we first need to meet people. Where are people? I think we can pretty much agree they aren’t […]
December 28, 2015 | Posted by Will Miller
Leading the congregation in building relationships with the poor isn’t as easy as it looks. As good hearted as the members of the congregation are, there are a number of real obstacles beyond the initial “unknown factor” that must be accounted for. First, we must be honest about the natural tendency of most congregations to […]
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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.