Kathy Odell to Become Director of Human Resources
Greetings one and all!
This message comes to you with information that was shared with the staff of our Conference Memorial Building today at lunch.
For at least the last two years our Conference Staff Relations Committee has been moving us and urging us to employ a Director of Human Resources for the Annual Conference. With more than 40 employees, and with compliance regulations and reports becoming more numerous, CSRC has seen the need for a person to guide and manage this for us. Bud Wrenn, the consultant who is helping conference staff and the cabinet lead more effectively also saw the need and confirmed that direction for the conference.
We are announcing today that on March 16, Kathy Odell will become our new Director of Human Resources for the Conference. Kathy currently holds the same position at Pfeiffer University and is excited about her move to work with all of you to guide and manage services, policies and programs for the conference. Her work with us will include designing and implementing systems for performance management and improvement, policy development and documentation in accordance with our personnel handbook, and employment and compliance to regulatory concerns, along with many other responsibilities related to our work and life together.
Kathy is a member of the Pine Grove UMC in Albemarle. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and comes to us with more than 25 years of experience in the field. In conversation and planning with CSRC and with Bud Wrenn, we believe that this is a positive step forward for us, and we look forward to Kathy’s presence and work among us.
Bishop Larry Goodpaster
Resources for Vital Congregations
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People
Community: The Structure of Belonging
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.