February 13, 2014 | Posted by John Kieschnick
Have you ever heard someone say, “The Gospel is the only motivation a pastor should use to move people to give”? If you have, I am 99.99% certain the comment was made by a pastor. I heard it more than once during my 37+ years of pastoral ministry. Obviously, God’s grace in Jesus Christ should be […]
February 10, 2014 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin
Rev. Dominic J. Rivkin is Founder and Mission Developer of LINC Los Angeles, a mission agency dedicated to launching transformative faith communities in the city. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: I’m really taken by the picture of leadership shown in the story of Lydia that we find in Acts 16. Just as a refresher, the […]
February 6, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer
When I was District President, I would frequently get calls from congregational leaders asking for help in evaluating their pastor. Often, but not always, that would be a sign of conflict that demanded conflict resolution rather than help with evaluation. And when evaluation was done, it was often done in retrospect against standards and goals […]
February 3, 2014 | Posted by Will Miller
Will Miller works with the MissionShift Institute at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership in ministry: When the conventional wisdom in leadership is always to play to your strengths and to minimize your weaknesses, there can be no place left for the Holy Spirit to complete the sanctification of the Christian […]
January 20, 2014 | Posted by Ken Chitwood
The other day I was at a pastors’ luncheon, and the speaker was passionately sharing about how to preach and be better cultural exegetes with our preaching. It was good stuff. He said, “Sometimes I write my sermons at Starbucks and as I write, I wonder what it would sound like to the young woman […]
January 9, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer
The beginning of a new year is always a time for setting priorities and reviewing our stewardship of time. This would be a great time to make a list of those things you want to accomplish in the year ahead. It could be things like visiting every home in the congregation, spending more time with […]
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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.