Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) partners with congregations, Recognized Service Organizations of the LCMS and LCMS districts to propel the Kingdom forward. We work primarily through our LCEF District Vice Presidents (DVPs), in partnership with district staff, to serve the church and extend ministries according to God’s will.
For more information about LCEF’s Ministry Support services, contact your District Vice President.
Our agency support processes can be divided into three categories:
Our agency support processes reflect our commitment to defining the possibilities God lays before your ministries, designing solutions that work for you, and aligning the resources that God provides. While each of our processes are based on years of experience in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), all are flexible and built for customization to meet your individual ministry needs. We do not offer a cookie-cutter approach; instead we truly live out our commitment to be your ministry partner.
All LCMS ministry organizations are unique and require custom solutions to achieve their goals. We at LCEF designed the Discovery process to define possibilities and design solutions that will move your ministry forward according to God’s plan. We believe, to be your ministry partner, we can’t simply apply cookie-cutter solutions, so this first step of Discovery is critical.
Our Ministry Clarity consultant works with your Executive Director and staff through tours and listening sessions to better understand your vision/purpose/mission, your ministry structure and the way in which the ministry is executed.
Goal Your leaders see the larger ministry picture, any gaps in that picture, and what steps need to be taken to expand and enhance the ministries.
An LCEF partner consultant works with your Executive Director and staff to analyze your ministry’s governance, administration and execution of ministries.
Goal Your leaders have a report on governance strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (a S.W.O.T. analysis) with detailed recommendations for any changes (if warranted).
Our Development consultant works with your staff to evaluate your development processes and practices. This includes an assessment of your donor database, tracking software, development calendar, lead measures and lag measures. Gaps and insufficiencies, if any, will be identified.
Goal Your leaders see what improvements can be made and prepare to begin developing a new strategy to connect partners to your ministries.
Our consultant team presents a comprehensive discovery report to your Board of Directors. This report contains all findings, prescriptions and a proposal for a continued partnership with LCEF.
Goal Your board understands the opportunities God has placed before your ministry and is confident in the path forward with LCEF as a ministry partner.
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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.