May 12, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
I grew up in a very modest home, born in 1942 in the dining room of a teacherage in central Texas. Air conditioning amounted to opening the windows on all sides of the house and praying for a little breeze. Baths were in a washtub on the porch, and it didn’t help that I was […]
April 14, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick
When Rick Warren founded Saddleback Community Church in 1980, he walked the neighborhood and asked people what “bugged” them the most about the church. He said one of the top reasons given was the church’s focus on money. So, he determined he wasn’t going to preach or teach much about money. Not too many years […]
October 15, 2015 | Posted by Art Scherer
I’m old enough to remember the days of a cash-based society when my parents were paid in cash on a weekly basis in their “weekly pay envelope.” My parents and others in their generation did not start out with credit cards or even checking accounts. They had shoeboxes for weekly bills and savings accounts for […]
September 28, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick
The older I get, the more intrigued I am by the power of stories. It was wonderful to hear my mother tell stories about her childhood and my dad share his experiences of leaving home at age 14 and seeing electric lights for the first time as he traveled by train to Concordia, Illinois. Perhaps […]
August 20, 2015 | Posted by Art Scherer
Every congregation has a “culture,” which might be defined simply as “The way we do things around here.” Your congregational culture is the default setting for all you do in ministry and for specific areas of ministry such as stewardship, evangelism, education. It is like the default font on your word processor. You may change […]
August 17, 2015 | Posted by Randy Raasch
How would you complete the title of this article, ‘God is…?’ For me it depends where I am in life. When I am confronted by my sin and shortcomings, God is forgiving. When I am obstinate and stubborn, God is patient. When I am lonely, God is near. When I am frightened, God is comfort. […]
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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.