October 18, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
What is it about an obscure 16th century Augustinian monk in a small German town that deserves international attention, celebration and recognition? After all, the Roman Catholic Church called Dr. Martin Luther a “wild boar in the church’s vineyard.” The town of Wittenberg, on the other hand, looks more favorably upon the monk. Wittenberg is […]
November 3, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller
Years ago I was offered a job teaching in rural Thailand. As usual, teaching afforded me the opportunity to learn more than I ever gave back to my students. Much of what I learned was related to the culture differences between this developing world culture and my native Western society back home in the United […]
September 12, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller
A quick perusal of available titles on Amazon reveals that, when it comes to books on church ministry, pastors reign supreme. Though I was able to locate one book on the ministry of church executive assistants to the pastor, most “church secretary” books were handbooks or how-to’s on creating effective administrative structures. Though there are […]
August 29, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer
I’ve observed that many of the most effective and beloved pastors (and elders, too!) were those who had a plan for regular visitation of the people of God in their spiritual care. Those visits might be in the home, at lunch near work, or some other place. They might be once a year or once […]
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 18, 2016 | Posted by Karl Galik
Over time the security of the institution can become more important than the uncertainty of the adventure of faith. Usually slowly, the safety of people becomes more important than the risks of going and doing. Perhaps imperceptibly, we expect less from ourselves, our congregational leadership – and (dare I say it), from God. It’s just easier […]
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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.