June 26, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer
It happens to many of us–or to our children. We move to a new community, or as professional church workers we retire from a congregation after many years and seek to find a new church home. That search can sometimes be a long, drawn-out task because of comparisons with our old church, competing demands on […]
June 2, 2014 | Posted by Oscar Benavides
Rev. Oscar Benavides is the Executive Director of LINC North Texas. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership in ministry: How can Christians engage an increasingly hostile culture in a way that draws them to Jesus? According to statistics, America is becoming less churched and those nations that are hostile to the church keep […]
May 8, 2014 | Posted by Dave Ficken
A few weeks ago, one of my coaches challenged me to consider the difference between influence and impact. While I am far from figuring it out, here is what I have been wrestling with lately: As I have been reading more and more about how Jesus went about shaping his followers, my brain has been […]
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 […]
January 23, 2014 | Posted by Karl Galik
“It’s all the church talks about – money, money, money!” These words, and all of their variations in tone and volume, can be license to subtly, passively pass by the money references in preaching and teaching. It’s one of our culture’s last taboos, isn’t it? From MTV to HBO, it’s easy enough to find pretty […]
January 2, 2014 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht
It’s January 2. Throw away those resolutions you made yesterday. You know you’re not going to keep them all the way through December 31 anyway. Resolutions tend to be self-focused things like losing weight, getting a new job, personal finances, or a new exercise regimen. These are all well and good, but let’s make this year […]
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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.