Caroline Wood Assumes Interim Role as Director of Mission Pathways


CWood-300Following the Rev. Jaylynn Byassee’s move to Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family, Caroline Wood’s position of Associate Director of Discipleship Ministry is being reconfigured to include serving as the Interim Director of Mission Pathways. In this new role, she will work to strengthen and expand lay ministry, missional partnerships, and the intentional outreach of the local churches of the conference. Her specific responsibilities include resourcing, relating to, and working closely with the Conference Mission Engagement Team; continuing as the primary contact and Director for the C4C (Congregation 4 Children) initiative; as well as serving as the staff liaison for Disaster Response (including Early Response Training or ERT), WNC Building Teams, Project Agape, the Congo Ministry, and other existing partnerships.  Further, Wood will assume the position of Conference Mission Secretary for connections with the General Board of Global Ministries and the SEJ UMVIM Office. Wood brings 20 years’ experience coaching missionaries in ministry and fundraising with Global Teams, a missionary sending agency with roots in the Episcopal Church.  She has worked with the Western North Carolina Conference for 7 years, first as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and most recently as the Associate Director of Discipleship Ministry. “Already, Caroline is building relationships with conference mission partners and resourcing missional networks in church-school partnerships and other outreach endeavors.  Her tenure on the Conference Staff is enabling her to transition into this new role quickly and effectively.  We appreciate her passion for expanding our ministry with others, locally and globally, in exciting new and creative ways,” according to Amy Coles, Assistant to Bishop Goodpaster. To reach Caroline Wood, email her at or call her at (704) 714-2345.

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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:

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