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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 August 24, 2016

          (Italics = additions & changes in the last month) 

Rostered Leader Vacancies

Solo pastorate, with weekly pulpit supply

  • Memorial, Glendale
  • Peace, Milwaukee
  • 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)

  • Faith/Santa Fe (second pastor), Milwaukee (Rev. Alexander Jacobs, PT interim)
  • Good Shepherd Trinity (solo PT pastor), Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA (Rev. Wendy Wirth-Brock, PT interim)
  • Lake Park (Associate pastor), Milwaukee – (Rev. Alexis Twito, PT interim)
  • Living Hope (solo PT pastor), Saukville – (Rev. Kimberly Jordan, PT interim)
  • Our Savior (solo pastor), Hartland – (Rev. Frank Jansow, PT interim and Rev. Maren Hooper, PT interim)
  • St. Mark (solo PT pastor), Cudahy – (Rev. Steven Zittergruen, PT interim)
  • St Paul, (solo pastor), Kenosha  (Rev. Karen Pahl, FT interim)
  • St. Paul (solo PT pastor), Milwaukee, (Rev. Ed Ruen, PT interim)

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

  • Bethel (solo PT pastor), Muskego (pulpit supply)*
  • Emaus, (bi-lingual pastor), Racine (Rev Steve Wolhfeil, PT interim)*
  • Cross (senior pastor), Burlington (Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, FT interim)*
  • St Paul (youth minister), Random Lake*

Candidate Names Submitted**

  • Breaking the Chains Church (PT prison ministry pastor), Milwaukee (job description completed)**
  • Capitol Drive (solo pastor, PT or FT), Milwaukee (Rev. Kipp Zimmermann, PT interim)**
  • Gloria Dei (solo pastor), Menomonee Falls (Mr. Steve Bogie)**

Calls Extended***

Rostered Leader Vacancies filled through Congregational Partnerships

 

ROSTERED LEADERS IN TRANSITION as of August 24, 2016

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

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Rebecka Fetters from OLC to PT called pastor at Christ the Victor, New Berlin
  • Rev. Maren Hooper from study leave to interim ministry at Our Savior, Hartland
  • Rev. Tom Pietz from OLC to 2 year term call pastor at St Olaf, Rubicon
  • Rev. Alexis Twito from OLC to PT interim pastor at Lake Park, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Ann Williams from OLC to PT called pastor at St Matthews, Wauwatosa

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Jonathan Barker, from candidacy to 3 yr term call pastor at Grace, Kenosha
  • Rev. Gabriel Marcano, from candidacy to term call pastor at Emaus, Racine
  • Rev. Aida Muniz, from the Caribbean Synod to 3 yr term call associate pastor at All Peoples, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Andrea Ng’weshemi, from the Southeast Synod to professor at Carthage College, Kenosha
  • Delaney Schlake-Kruse, from candidacy to 3 yr term call associate pastor at North Cape, Franksville (ordination will be 09-10-16)

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY MOVED to ON LEAVE FROM CALL (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