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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 June 23, 2016

          (Italics = additions & changes in the last month) 

Rostered Leader Vacancies

Solo pastorate, with weekly pulpit supply

  • Memorial, Glendale
  • Our Savior, Hartland
  • 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*

  • Bethel (solo pastor, PT), Muskego (pulpit supply)*
  • Emaus, (bi-lingual pastor), Racine (Rev Steve Wolhfeil, PT interim)*
  • St Paul (youth minister), Random Lake*

Candidate Names Submitted**

  • Capitol Drive (solo pastor, PT or FT), Milwaukee (Rev. Kipp Zimmermann, PT interim)**
  • Christ the Victor (solo pastor, PT), New Berlin (Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim)**
  • North Cape (associate pastor – FT), Franksville (new position)**

Calls Extended***

  • All People’s Gathering, (associate pastor, FT), Milwaukee***
  • Grace (solo pastor, PT), Kenosha (Rev. Ron Ballew, PT interim)**

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 June 23, 2016

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

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Matthew Lee from pastor at St Olaf, Rubicon to Kettle Moraine Presbyterian Church, Stonebank
  • Rev Denise Mbise from pastor at Atonement, Racine to PT term call at Living Faith, Racine (merger of Atonement and Our Savior)
  • Rev. Warren Williams from pastor at Atonement, Racine to PT term call at Living Faith, Racine (merger of Atonement and Our Savior)
  • Rev. Ann Williams from OLC to PT Pastor at St Matthews, Wauwatosa

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Doug Andersen, from La Crosse Area Synod to PT term call at St Luke, Waukesha
  • Rev. Kimberly Jordan, from South Central Synod to interim ministry at Living Hope, Saukville
  • Rev. Dean Willich, from OLC to PT term call at Bethlehem, Muskego

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • 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. Thomas Pietz from solo Pastor at Our Savior, Hartland to OLC

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY RETIRED

  • Ruth Schmidt, from AIM at Grace, Grafton to retirement

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY DECEASED

  • The Rev. Ellsworth Freyer, retired – May 25, 2016
  • The Rev. Chuck Ruehle, retired – June 1, 2016
  • The Rev. Richard Warber, retired – June 14, 2016