January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke
Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]
May 12, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
I grew up in a very modest home, born in 1942 in the dining room of a teacherage in central Texas. Air conditioning amounted to opening the windows on all sides of the house and praying for a little breeze. Baths were in a washtub on the porch, and it didn’t help that I was […]
April 14, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
When Rick Warren founded Saddleback Community Church in 1980, he walked the neighborhood and asked people what “bugged” them the most about the church. He said one of the top reasons given was the church’s focus on money. So, he determined he wasn’t going to preach or teach much about money. Not too many years […]
March 18, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
Have you ever heard anyone say, “All Macy’s wants is my money.” Probably not. How about this statement? “All Sears wants is my money.” You likely haven’t heard that comment either. But here’s one you have heard: “All the Church wants is my money.” What a myth! While it is true that the Lord of […]
January 21, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
As part of my devotional time this morning I used “Today’s Light” which helps me read through the Bible at least once every two years. Together with the suggested readings from Genesis and Psalms were these words from Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce, then […]
December 23, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick
Since 2016 is only about a week away, I would like to make a suggestion to pastors and other church leaders who have a hand in sending out 2015 giving statements. The easiest thing is to drop the contribution statement into an envelope and send it on its way. I would like to encourage you […]
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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.