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 […]
May 1, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer
A man sees an old lady sitting by the side of the street looking very bright and happy. “What is the secret of your long and happy life?” he asks. “Well, I smoke 10 of these big cigars a day. I drink two pints of good rum, and I always have a boyfriend who is […]
March 31, 2014 | Posted by Zach Mcintosh
Rev. Zach McIntosh is a pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio where he leads the adult education program. Here he shares with LCEF’s readers his thoughts on church leadership: It was the question that frustrated my high school teachers more than any other. After proffering a long dissertation on how to solve a trigonometry equation, […]
March 13, 2014 | Posted by John Kieschnick
If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times, “All you have to do to get people to give is to preach the Gospel.” May I suggest that if this were the case churches would never have to worry about money or budget problems? Sad to say, this simply isn’t true. While it […]
February 10, 2014 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin
Rev. Dominic J. Rivkin is Founder and Mission Developer of LINC Los Angeles, a mission agency dedicated to launching transformative faith communities in the city. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: I’m really taken by the picture of leadership shown in the story of Lydia that we find in Acts 16. Just as a refresher, the […]
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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.