LCEF partners with your congregation as you embark on a three+ year journey of ministry expansion, building and stewardship. Each process is unique, but the result is the same: Your congregation is joyfully and effectively fulfilling its purpose within the Kingdom.
For more information about LCEF’s Ministry Support services, contact your District Vice President.
Traditionally called capital campaigns, we have been guiding congregations through these processes for over 30 years. We’ve learned a lot over the decades and have come to operate under some clear critical theories:
Imagine 8+ weeks Design and prep campaign
This initial phase of the campaign is for planning and prep. It involves gathering and training the campaign leadership team, establishing a clear and concise case, developing FAQs, mapping out the entire campaign and creating materials and media that will be used. During this phase, your consultant and other LCEF Ministry Support Team members will engage with your campaign leadership team and support the decisions made.
Inform 4+ weeks Campaign public launch and information phase
During these weeks we aim to address and answer every question that may arise in relation to the campaign and its goal. Ordinarily this is done through informational documents, videos, mailings, and forums. The LCEF team works with you to find the most effective ways to communicate with your congregation and quickly answer any questions. By the end of the Inform Phase, your congregation should fully understand the campaign’s case and agree with the ministry expansion.
Inspire 5+ weeks Focus on Christ’s call and commitment weekend
The heart of the campaign is the Inspire Phase where we lift up the ministry expansion into the larger vision of Christ’s work among us. Often this includes custom sermon and worship series, Bible studies, devotions, prayer services and every member visits. The peak of the Inspire Phase is the Commitment Celebration Sunday (or weekend) where the congregation is invited to declare with one voice, “We are all in!” Personal and financial commitments are made, and your people are invited to celebrate the future God has laid before them.
Impact 3 years Giving begins, various events, final celebration
Three years of fulfillment begin with “First Gifts” where members begin their regular giving. Throughout these years we design periodic events and sermon series to re-ignite the excitement of the campaign and remind one another what God is doing in our midst.
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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.