April 2, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
On April 2, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) announced the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process is now open. These grants are open to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregations (including their K-12 schools and childcare centers); LCEF member districts; and offices of the Synod. In the last two years, the fund has granted over $1.2 million […]
January 8, 2018 | Posted by LCEF
Prior to the turn of the century, New Life Church Lutheran in Hugo, Minn., was hurting. A decade of hard times had worn out the church, the congregation and the community. In 2003, the Minnesota South District installed retired pastor Rev. John Schildwachter to help rebuild the church. Schildwachter, who volunteered to forgo his salary, […]
January 5, 2018 | Posted by Art Scherer
Way back in 1994, Peter Drucker wrote a piece for the old Net Fax network on “Jumping the Sigmoid Curve.” Drucker pointed out that one of the most useful tools in understanding the natural life cycle of a product, an organization, a church or even a relationship is the sigmoid or S curve. The secret […]
December 18, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Editor’s Note: To celebrate the announcement of the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2016 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2016 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team The stats are in. According to Barna Research, the San Francisco Bay Area has the lowest percentage of Christians in a U.S. […]
December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin
So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]
| Posted by Demian Farnworth
On Dec. 5, 2017, employees from Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) unloaded thousands of essential household items from a 17-foot long moving truck. These items—which included 3,772 rolls of toilet paper, 1,329 packages of toothbrushes and toothpaste, 540 bars of soap, 406 large laundry detergent bottles and scores of shampoo bottles, bundles of paper towels, […]
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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.