Visioning — Strategic Planning — Leadership Development
We believe in an intentional and continual devotion to seeking God’s will for ministries. For our partners, this often means beginning with our Ministry Clarity process where we assist you in discerning God’s vision for your congregation. The path to clarity varies for each church, but our end goal is clear: Your leadership is confident in the path and purpose God has lain before them.
For more information about LCEF’s Ministry Support services, contact your District Vice President.
VisionPath is a facilitated process to discover God’s vision for your people. It often is the first process for congregations because it honors the truth that God gathers congregations for His purposes. The result of this ten-week process is a clear and concise vision statement that answers the question: God, who do You say we are? This gives your congregation its identity and purpose, which drives everything you do.
Your congregation knows God’s vision for them and is inspired to pursue it.
Traditionally a clarity process would include strategic planning. While effective in some instances, LCEF employs a different approach where we equip the leaders of a congregation to be the strategic planners as we build the first iteration of the plan. This will create a strategic plan that is dynamic and continually evaluated and updated by the people called to lead the ministries, not an outside consultant. Our Ministry Planning process includes leadership training, Ministry Planning tools development and a facilitated creative session that both models the Ministry Planning process and creates the first plan.
Your leaders are equipped to lead your congregation and generate a dynamic strategic plan to move ministries forward.
“Facilities Facilitate.” This simple phrase guides our work with congregations looking to match their facilities to their current and future ministries.
Your congregation has a Campus Master Plan that works to match your facilities to your ministries.
Just as “facilities facilitate,” finances facilitate. In our process of clarity, we first want your leaders to have a solid understanding of current finances and be working with modern tools and practices. Then as ministry plans come together, a clear financial plan is built leveraging annual offerings, special accounts, endowments, planned capital campaigns and the loan resources of LCEF.
Your leaders have a clear vision of your congregation’s financial future in support of your ministries.
As the clarity process comes to a close, our final goal is to support your communication of findings and plans to your congregation. Solutions will vary and can include designing sermon series, forums, and special presentation events. When applicable, we help bring together a final presentation for your voters assembly so that together your congregation can step forward with confidence.
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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.