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. kathy_odell3_smWe 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

Design Thinking

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

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


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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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