July 28, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
Maybe it’s a matter of my age but for some reason it appears fewer people today have a very positive image of the Church. I’m not just talking about those outside the Church. I am talking about those within. When’s the last time you heard someone say, “Wow! I thank God I am a member […]
July 21, 2016 | Posted by Matt Peeples
Most would classify me as a young leader. I am 34 years old, leading a church that we planted in Knoxville, TN in 2010. It is easy as a young leader to be so focused on the tasks in front of you, that you forget your most important leadership responsibility: to raise up the next […]
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 […]
May 12, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
I grew up in a very modest home, born in 1942 in the dining room of a teacherage in central Texas. Air conditioning amounted to opening the windows on all sides of the house and praying for a little breeze. Baths were in a washtub on the porch, and it didn’t help that I was […]
April 14, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
When Rick Warren founded Saddleback Community Church in 1980, he walked the neighborhood and asked people what “bugged” them the most about the church. He said one of the top reasons given was the church’s focus on money. So, he determined he wasn’t going to preach or teach much about money. Not too many years […]
April 11, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke
I am a child. Perhaps some people see me as adult-esque (Which is highly flattering, let me tell you.) but I’ve been out of college/in ministry for almost two years now and it feels more like two hours. Young people are graduating from college (or whatever their pathway may be) and jumping into the crazy world […]
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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.