May 12, 2014 | Posted by Matt Popovits
Matt Popovits is the Pastor of Our Saviour New York, a multi-parish church plant in New York City. One of the biggest lies you’ve been sold is that quitting is for losers and that giving up is never an option. But nothing could be further from the truth. Healthy leaders are those who have mastered […]
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 […]
April 28, 2014 | Posted by LCEF
The mission and vision of your church permeate every aspect of what the church does. Here is a two minute clip from an interview I did with author and social media expert Justin Wise on the ability of social media to expose the strengths and weaknesses of your church’s mission and vision. [youtube P8Sko4SjpAk] Watch […]
April 17, 2014 | Posted by Karl Galik
It’s a tough verb Isaiah is inspired to select: “to crush.” (53:10) In our vocabulary today “crush” is often spoken in casual hyperbole or in a sports metaphor. Someone who wins by a wide margin crushes his/her opponent. Someone who hits a baseball out of the park for the game-winning run is said to have […]
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, […]
January 23, 2014 | Posted by Karl Galik
“It’s all the church talks about – money, money, money!” These words, and all of their variations in tone and volume, can be license to subtly, passively pass by the money references in preaching and teaching. It’s one of our culture’s last taboos, isn’t it? From MTV to HBO, it’s easy enough to find pretty […]
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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.