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 […]
September 13, 2017 | Posted by Peter Kelm
Editor’s Note: On September 11, 2017, Rev. Peter Kelm entered the arms of Jesus after a heroic battle with cancer. Later this week Peter’s family, friends, and parishioners will gather to mourn his death and rejoice in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to everlasting life and a joyful reunion with those we […]
August 29, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer
Statistics indicate that introverts make up about one-third to one-half of the general population. If that’s the case, it may be that nearly half of our congregations are made up of introverts. We talk in the Apostles’ Creed about “the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,” but what does it mean to be part […]
April 25, 2017 | Posted by Billy Brath
“Going Forward” Have you noticed the use of this phrase increasing over the last few years? At first, it was used by the news media to transition interviews or reports to speculation on the future as it relates to the topic at hand. Over time, the phrase settled in as a way for people to […]
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 9, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
I often find that I can be consumed by the routine and the urgent. Each week I have a list of items that I need to address. I have classes to teach and sermons to write. Each week I email a devotion and prayer list to our membership, as well as a summary of last […]
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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.