August 14, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood
It’s a slow creep. Maybe it starts with a simple deception, just keeping a simple offense secret. Then, it was the lust you kept locked behind closed doors and passwords. Then, it was the jealousy that boiled within you as you saw the success of your co-laborers. Suddenly, your life is a tangled mess of […]
July 31, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
I am blessed to have two younger brothers. They are five and seven years younger than me. They are more intelligent than me, better looking and much more talented. But back in the day, when I was a teenager and they were in grade school, my mother would remind me that I needed to set […]
July 14, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer
Not long ago, my wife and I drove past a small town in rural Virginia where there once existed a small, but vital congregation of our denomination. The congregation closed many years ago after dwindling population and a military base closure. At the closing service—a true celebration of ministry—the church was packed with former members […]
July 1, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke
Some may say summer starts when they first jump in the pool or spend an evening at the ballpark. My summer starts when I stuff 1,000 koozies. Every June, our church orders approximately one kajillion koozies and stuffs them with invite and app cards. It’s our official start of outreach season. It’s my official start […]
May 26, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
In my last blog entry, I shared my experience of being “unplugged” while spending two weeks overseas. It was relaxing to say the least. As I returned to the states, I fired up my phone and was greeted by hundreds of emails, phone messages, texts, Facebook notifications and all the communications from Linkedin, Twitter and […]
May 11, 2017 | Posted by LCEF SM
“May we have the Financial Report?” I’ve heard that request in several congregations I have served as a District staffer and a consultant. The answers often fall into one of these categories: “I don’t have the figures with me. They are pretty much the same as last month. But we are in good shape. All the […]
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.