July 14, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller
Last month, I invited several Lutheran churches from across Tennessee to my family’s home in Nashville in order to engage in a one-day workshop on the topic of assimilation. I admit that I left some fellow clergy intrigued, as my invitation was primarily extended to church staff members rather than clergy. Pastors were welcome, of […]
July 11, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood
When I first started out as a professional church worker I had a mentor suggest I collect axioms — statements or proverb that are held to be fundamentally, and self-evidently, true. In this post I want to share three axioms from some great leaders that speak to those of you facing crises in your church, […]
July 7, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
One of the many rewarding aspects of my pastoral ministry was to be blessed with many excellent elders over the years. In both churches I was privileged to serve during my 37 years of pastoral ministry God blessed me and the congregations with some great lay leaders. They were faithful and effective elders because they […]
June 30, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke
If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s to stalk good blogs. Strangers trendier, more talented, with better cameras and a weird amount of free time allow me a glimpse into their incredible lives. Reading about these bloggers’ lives, hearing their tips, enjoying their thoughts – it all makes me feel like I am […]
May 9, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood
Is it slick worship slides? Well-dressed families? Stunning stained glass? Perfect pews? High-quality music? Good looking and well-respected members of the community? What if your church uses old hymnals? What if the families are broken? What if the walls are sullied and the seating busted? What if the organ is out of tune or the […]
May 6, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer
“Well, you certainly don’t look sick.” That’s a common response received by people with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, lupus, certain forms of cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and many others.) when they speak to someone about their illness. Because the majority of people with chronic diseases do not usually look sick, chronic illness is often […]
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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.