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Congregations and Leaders in Transition

Life is a series of transitions from birth to death. At best, transition, though painful, can provide individuals and communities with a time of reflection, vision and opportunity to effect creative change. At worst, transitions can be disruptive and discouraging, leaving individuals and/or communities drained of spirit or hope. In all instances, transitions are made easier if there is a system of nurture and support in place to assist, coach, mentor or advise the individual and/or community through the time of transition. For individuals this support and nurture may come from parents, friends, partners and/or colleagues. For communities this support and nurture is more formalized and may be provided by someone who is appointed, elected or hired to assist the community in transition.

Downloadable Resources

Manual for Congregations in Transition Interim Ministry (183.6 KiB)

 

CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION as of May 15, 2016

          (Italics = additions & changes in the last month) 

Rostered Leader Vacancies

Solo pastorate, with weekly pulpit supply

  • Memorial, Glendale
  • Peace, Milwaukee
  • St. Mark, Cudahy
  • St. Olaf, Rubicon
  • Wellington Park, Milwaukee

Vacancy filled by current staffing

  • Christ Our Savior, (second pastor) Sussex

MET – in the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s ‘Mission Exploration Team’ process (no candidates received at this time)

  • Cross (senior pastor), Burlington (Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, FT interim)
  • Faith/Santa Fe (second pastor), Milwaukee (Rev. Alexander Jacobs, PT interim)
  • Good Shepherd Trinity (solo pastor), Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA (Rev. Wendy Wirth-Brock, PT interim)
  • Living Hope (solo pastor), Saukville – (Rev. Kimberly Jordan, PT interim)
  • St Paul, (solo pastor), Kenosha  (Rev. Karen Pahl, FT interim)
  • St. Paul (solo pastor), Milwaukee, (Rev. Ed Ruen, PT interim)

MSP – ‘Ministry Site Profile’ (the file shared with potential candidates) is completed*

  • Capitol Drive (solo pastor, PT or FT), Milwaukee (pulpit supply)*
  • Bethel (solo pastor, PT), Muskego (pulpit supply)*
  • Christ the Victor (solo pastor, PT), New Berlin (Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim)*
  • Emaus, (bi-lingual pastor), Racine (Rev Steve Wolhfeil, PT interim)*
  • St Paul (youth minister), Random Lake*

Candidate Names Submitted**

  • Grace (solo pastor, PT), Kenosha (Rev. Ron Ballew, PT interim)**
  • North Cape (associate pastor – FT), Franksville (new position)**
  • St Luke (second pastor, PT, term call), Waukesha**
  • St. Matthew, (associate pastor, PT), Wauwatosa**

Calls Extended***

  • All People’s Gathering, (associate pastor, FT), Milwaukee***

Rostered Leader Vacancies filled through Congregational Partnerships

  • Gloria Dei (solo), Menomonee Falls – (deployed internship site, supervised by Rev.Tom Kent, Christ Our Savior, Sussex) – began July 2015

ROSTERED LEADERS IN TRANSITION as of May 15, 2016

(changes listed are those occurring in the past four months)

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Kristin Berglund from term call to called as pastor at St Peter, Sheyboygan
  • Rev. James Greear from chaplaincy to Associate Pastor at Mt Carmel, Milwaukee
  • Rev Denise Mbise from pastor at Atonement, Racine to PT term call at Living Faith, Racine (merger of Atonement and Our Savior)
  • Rev. Matthew Lee from pastor at St Olaf, Rubicon to Kettle Moraine Presbyterian Church, Stonebank
  • Rev. Warren Williams from pastor at Atonement, Racine to PT term call at Living Faith, Racine (merger of Atonement and Our Savior)

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Kimberly Jordan, from South Central Synod to interim ministry at Living Hope, Saukville
  • Mr. Doug Krekling, AIM, commissioned 1-17-16 , called as Director of Christian Life, Galilee, Pewaukee
  • Rev. Dean Willich, from OLC to PT term call at Bethlehem, Muskego

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • The Rev. Jhon Freddy Correa from Emaus, Racine to Florida/Bahama Synod
  • The Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe from pastor at Living Hope, Saukville to South Central Wisconsin Synod, interim ministry

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY MOVED to ON LEAVE FROM CALL (OLC)

  • The Rev. Jennifer Kuhnert, from Program Pastor at Christ Our Savior, Sussex to OLC
  • The Rev. Mark Thompson, from solo Pastor at Memorial, Glendale to OLC
  • The Rev. Alexis Twito, from solo Pastor at Capitol Drive, Milwaukee to OLC

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY RETIRED

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY DECEASED