April 4, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer
How much debt is safe for a congregation? Are there alternatives to borrowing? Should we have a campaign to reduce our debt? These are just some of the questions congregations ask as they consider taking on or reducing debt. Both the Bible and sound financial practice caution against abuse and misuse of debt, but there […]
March 27, 2017 | Posted by Karl Galik
The stereotypical understanding of “stewardship” describes a process of giving, encourages generosity and seeks to inspire sacrificial giving. In my seven years in stewardship consulting, I’ve come to see “stewardship” and “generous giving” as a likely a second dynamic to “receiving” (yes, receiving). The grace to receive, the acceptance of God’s Gifts in whatever sacrificial […]
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 […]
February 2, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
It was an honest comment, but one that really hit me. A member of our staff said, “The way things work around here is that you are given a responsibility and then left alone.” Some people would take this as a compliment. This was not meant to be a compliment. The inference was that I […]
January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke
Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]
January 5, 2017 | 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 […]
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.