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Retired Partners in Ministry (RPM) is a ministry of listening and encouragement for rostered ministers facilitated by a  group of retired rostered ministers who volunteer to encourage active rostered ministers of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. The service usually takes place when a small group of RPMs meets with a rostered minister to discuss concerns they bring to the group or through a one-on-one session between an RPM and rostered minister.

Purpose

The RPM mission is to serve as a supporting presence to active rostered ministers of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. The RPMs intend this support to strengthen rostered ministers in their service to the church and community.

Teams

The South Team

Clusters: Belle City (formerly Racine), Kenosha
Meeting Information: Meets at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, Racine, time TBD.
Coordinators:
No coordinator at this time. Please contact Rev. Lowell Timm at 414-915-8466 for more information.
Additional Participants: Rev. John Allen, Rev. Gail Brodersen-Heins, Rev. Sue Ruehle, Rev. Diane Tetrault, Rev. Kipp Zimmermann

The West Team

Clusters: Waukesha, Lake Country
Meeting Information: Meets at Galilee Lutheran Church, Pewaukee, time TBD.
Coordinators:
Rev. Gerry Goodrich – gvgoodrich@sbcglobal.net, 262-367-5252
Rev. Jim Stein – pastorjamesstein@gmail.com, 262-442-2444
Additional Participants: Rev. Gary Erickson, Rev.Frank Janzow, Rev.Dave Meissner, Rev. Jim Olia, Rev. Larry Westfield

The North Team

Clusters: Northwest, Northern Lakeshore
Meeting Information: Meets at Grace Lutheran Church, Thiensville, time TBD.
Coordinators:
Deacon Chris Lear – clear@wi.rr.com, 262-284-3767
Rev. Margaret Schoewe, mschoewe1@sbcglobal.net, 414-899-6983
Additional Participants: Rev. Chuck Brummond, Rev. Alice Horton, Deacon Ruth Schmidt, Rev. Chuck Turbin

The Central Team

Clusters: Milwaukee I, II, III, IV
Meeting Information: Meets on third Thursday at St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa
Coordinators:
Rev. Barbara Rasmussen – barbararasmussen50@gmail.com, 414-791-0114
Rev. Lowell Timm – eljaytimm@gmail.com, 414-915-8466
Additional Participants: Rev. Joe Ellwanger, Rev. Dennis Jacobson, Rev. Gary Johnson, Rev. Carl Lund, Rev. Fran Odden, Rev. Bob Scheuermann, Rev. Vicki Watkins, Rev. Ed Weiskotten

Things to Know

Making an appointment

RPMs meet in four geographical areas of our synod, and the coordinators for each group are listed above. Interested rostered ministers should call or email the RPM coordinator for their cluster to arrange an appointment.

Matters to discuss

Rostered ministers set the agenda for the meeting with RPMs by sharing matters of importance to them. They may wish to address matters related to times of transition, such as beginning a new call, ending a call, or approaching retirement. Or they may wish to discuss difficult issues related to church staff, congregational councils, or church members. In addition, rostered ministers might seek help in planning a sabbatical or invite the RPMs to celebrate joys of ministry with them.

Limitations

Although RPMs are sympathetic to rostered ministers’ personal issues such as marital or family relationships, they are not equipped in this setting to deal with such matters. However, RPMs will assist rostered ministers in finding resources to assist them in dealing with personal issues.

Confidentiality

RPMs do not share the identity or the content of visits with rostered ministers with anyone. Although the RPM ministry has been endorsed by the synod bishop, RPMs keep their visits with rostered ministers strictly confidential from the bishop and the bishop’s staff. An exception to the confidentiality would occur if a rostered leader were involved in illegal activity or pose a threat to self or others. In such an instance, the RPMs would be required to report the matter to the appropriate authority

More information

Rev. Lowell Timm serves as the organizer of the RPMs and welcomes those interested in this ministry to contact him at 414-915-8466 or at eljaytimm@gmail.com.