September 28, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
This article is in response to The Truth About Stewardship. Knolhoff thinks the reason why there are so many misconceptions is “that when it comes to stewardship, we focus on what the steward does (stewardship) without ever talking about who the steward is (identity).” First and foremost, a Christian steward is a child of God. […]
September 20, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Steward. What comes to mind when you hear that word? Do you think of someone who looks after passengers on a ship? Someone in charge of dining operations at a hotel restaurant? A nurse? A shepherd? All these ideas are partially correct. They refer to a person who actively manages affairs and looks after people. […]
July 6, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
About three years ago, young Ivan Haeflinger of Elma, Iowa, was under the weather. His nose was runny, his body hurt, he coughed and he was tired. It was not a good day for Ivan. That is until the mail came. Around noon, Ivan’s mother, Steva, went down the driveway to fetch the mail. As […]
May 16, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
Rev. Ryan Tinetti knew his congregation would benefit from their Biblically based stewardship emphasis, but the Spokane, Washington, pastor was a bit surprised when a member actually thanked him. “She appreciated that it wasn’t a guilt trip reprimanding her to give more, but more an invitation to grow in her faith,” Tinetti said of LCEF’s […]
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 […]
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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.