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.
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.
The South Team
Clusters: Belle City (formerly Racine), Kenosha
Meeting Information: Meets on second Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran, Racine
Rev. Kipp Zimmermann – firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-805-5998
Rev. Diane Terault – email@example.com, 262-886-6254
Additional Participants: Rev. Gail Brodersen-Heins, Rev. John Allen
The West Team
Clusters: Waukesha, Milwaukee IV, Lake Country
Meeting Information: Meets quarterly at Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee. Please contact Rev. Ted Romberg for details.
Coordinator: Rev. Ted Romberg – firstname.lastname@example.org, 262-696-4521
Additional Participants: Rev.Frank Janzow, Rev.Gary Erickson, Rev.Dave Meissner, Rev. Gary Liedtke, Rev. James Stein, Rev. Gerald Goodrich
The North Team
Clusters: Northwest, Northern Lakeshore
Meeting Information: Meets second Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church, Thiensville.
Rev. Chuck Brummond – email@example.com, 414–232-2765
Rev. Marilyn Borchardt – firstname.lastname@example.org, 920–994-2168
Additional Participants: Rev. Dale Erickson, Rev. Alice Horton, Mr. Chris Lear, Rev. Margaret Schoewe, Rev. Chuck Turbin
The Central Team
Clusters: Milwaukee I, II, III
Meeting Information: Meets on third Thursday at St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa
Rev. Gary Johnson – email@example.com, 414-526-7724
Rev. Barbara Rasmussen – firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-791-0114
Additional Participants: Rev. Joe Ellwanger, Rev. Bob Scheuermann, Rev. Fran Odden, Rev. Ed Weiskotten, Rev. Lowell Timm, Rev. Carl Lund, Rev. Dennis Jacobson
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.