September 8, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. — Matthew 25:40 In a matter of weeks, the United States is facing the unprecedented aftermath of several natural disasters and the challenges that lay ahead. Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in […]
February 28, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke
My church is in a brand spankin’ new season. In our defense, as a six-year-old church, there’s a lot of seasons we haven’t experienced. That being said, in the past year, we’ve said goodbye to multiple interns, a worship leader, and a pastor. God is moving and doing incredible things and every move and goodbye […]
November 10, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch
It seems to me that our culture isn’t as kind as it once was. Road rage plagues our travel. Cable news shows pit political foes against each other, who shout at one another. Radio talk show hosts use abrasive terms to identify the people who don’t agree with them. Internet bloggers make a living by […]
October 19, 2016 | Posted by Eva Baker
A few years ago I signed up for a mentorship program that changed my life. Every year my mom and I attend a conference called FinCon for personal finance bloggers, and at the conference you can be paired up with a mentor for an afternoon. Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less was my mentor in […]
July 25, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke
The phrase “meet you where you’re at” is a popular one in today’s churches. It’s a good line! It’s a good mindset. I think it’s bigger and simpler than we even realize. To meet people where they’re at, we first need to meet people. Where are people? I think we can pretty much agree they aren’t […]
March 21, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood
That was the question posed at a recent symposium on the role of the public Christian intellectual in today’s political, economic and socio-cultural environment. The panel to whom the question was posed invariably answered, “Yes and no.” In one sense, Christians would do well to keep their mouths firmly shut. Ours is a culture of […]
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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.