You're invited to Lakeside Chautauqua for a Generosity & Stewardship Conference from August 5-8, 2018. Clergy and laity involved in stewardship and finance, development, foundation leaders and consultants are welcome to participate in this unique learning experience.

Generosity & Stewardship Conference

Cultivating a culture of generosity through stewardship ministry in the church or a religious organization is vital to bringing God's Kingdom here on earth. Creatively inviting Christians to join a ministry vision is an important challenge, given all the other organizations vying for stewardship dollars.

Lakeside's Generosity & Stewardship Conference will award certificate of participation (2 CEUs) for full participation. Attendees will learn specific tools for equipping congregations or religious organizations in their ability to go beyond a tithe.

Lakeside will present this conference as an opportunity to support persons desiring lives that reflect God's call to give freely.

Each year, Lakeside is committed to programming excellence. With a backdrop of beauty and an abundance of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities, attendees will network and learn about growing the culture of generosity for their local church or organization.

Welcoming more than 150,000 guests each year, Lakeside is a family, conference and group destination.


Lakeside Chautauqua is located in Ohio on the Marblehead Peninsula, approximately 1.5 hours from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport or 2.5 hours from Columbus International Airport.

Driving directions are available from all major cities including Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and Toledo. Lakeside is an historic community that offers an abundance of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities during its 10-week summer programming season.

Keynote Speakers

Bishop Robert C. Schnase will visit Lakeside Chautauqua as part of the 2nd Annual Generosity & Stewardship Conference. He will speak on the topic of generosity and a "yes can" leadership style.

Bishop Schnase graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Perkins School of Theology. Before becoming bishop, he served as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in McAllen, Texas for 15 years. During his tenure, his congregation became known for their extensive mission and outreach, for reaching younger generations and for their bi-cultural ministry.

Bishop Schnase served as bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2004 until being assigned to the Rio Texas Conference in September 2016.

He is a best-selling author, having written Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Practicing Extravagant Generosity and Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences.

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith became Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area in September 2005 after 25 years as a Senior Pastor in several churches. He leads the ministry areas of stewardship, development and generosity, offering oversight and support to giving campaigns.

He consults with churches on stewardship and financial campaigns, speaks at conferences and leads faith-based programs that help people with personal financial stewardship. As Senior Pastor at Schweitzer United Methodist Church, he received the denomination’s Circuit Rider Award for Church Growth. His book, Propel: Good Stewardship – Greater Generosity, was published in 2015.

Dr. David King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He arrived at the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis in 2014 after serving as Assistant Professor of Christian history at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tenn. He earned his PhD from Emory University with a specific interest in American religious history and its intersections with the growing field of world Christianity.

He is passionate about research and teaching but as an ordained minister having served local churches and national faith-based organizations, he is also fueled by facilitating conversations with faith leaders, donors and fundraisers (of all generations) around the intersections of faith and giving.

Michelle Cramer was introduced to the world of philanthropy when she began her career as Director of Public Affairs for an NBC television affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. During her tenure, she positioned the station as a community leader in philanthropy.

Cramer has impacted the culture of generosity through her 30 years of service leading and founding Cramer & Associates. For seven consecutive years, she has served as Dean of the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals/Giving Institute (AFP/GI) Consultants School at the AFP International Fund Raising Conference. She and her prestigious faculty conduct the most comprehensive fundraising consulting training in the U.S. and the world.

The Rev. Larry A. Crowell joined Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Central Ohio as President/CEO in 2011 and has led the organization through a $15 million capital campaign. He began his professional career in the non-profit healthcare sector, including serving as President/CEO of three different hospitals in Pennsylvania. In overseeing these hospitals, the Rev. Crowell expanded and strengthened clinical offerings, developed strategic initiatives to build integrated delivery systems and led the merger of two hospitals, serving as that system’s first President/CEO.

After a career in hospital administration of nearly 30 years, the Rev. Crowell responded to a personal call to ordained ministry. Upon receiving his Master of Divinity, he was ordained a priest in the Episcopal church, first serving on the staff of the Office of the Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and then as Rector of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in suburban Richmond, Va.

At LSS, he has focused the agency on board development, strategic planning and program expansion, especially in sheltering services for homeless adults, food pantries to help those who hunger and enhanced services to victims of domestic violence, along with the expansion of post-acute healthcare services.

Conference Schedule

Please see the images below for the 2018 schedule.

Keynote Speaker Presentations & Workshops

Coming soon...

Suggested Reading List

From the Keynote Speakers:

  • Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry Bishop Robert C. Schnase
  • Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations Bishop Robert C. Schnase
  • Five Practices of Fruitful Living Bishop Robert C. Schnase
  • Practicing Extravagant Generosity Bishop Robert C. Schnase
  • Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conference Bishop Robert C. Schnase
  • Propel: Good Stewardship, Great Generosity The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith
  • At the Crossroads: Spiritual Lessons for the Second Half of Life – The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith

Other Recommendations:

  • Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship – Adam J. Copeland
  • Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry – Thomas H. Jeavons & Rebekah Burch Basinger
  • A Spirituality of Fundraising - Henri Nouwen
  • Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money - Christian Smith, Michael Emerson & Patricia Snell


The 2018 Generosity & Stewardship Conference will take place from Sunday, Aug. 5-Wednesday, Aug. 8 in Lakeside Chautauqua.

Thank you for your interest in registering for the conference.

The fee for the conference is $350.

Please note that the per-person registration fee includes 3 overnight accommodations in Hotel Lakeside or Fountain Inn, meals throughout your stay at Lakeside, gate passes and entrance to evening entertainment, all conference sessions and speakers, and access to the wide array of Lakeside Chautauqua activities during your stay. Due to generous support from sponsors, we are able to offer all of these features while keeping the registration inexpensive. The fee will not be reduced for shorter participation or shared hotel rooms.

Registration will be limited to 100 participants.

Registration is a two-part process and both the online registration form and online payment process must be completed before each registration is finalized.

Once your two-part registration is completed, received and processed, you will receive a confirmation email from Lakeside Chautauqua staff. If you have any questions during the registration period, please email or call (419)798-4461, ext. 246.

Online Registration opened on February 15 and is now closed.
Total number of attendees registered to date: 100

Conference Registrants in 2018

If you wish to be placed on the 2018 Wait List, please email with the following contact info for each interested person:

Phone #

We will contact you if a space becomes available.

Cancellations, Refunds, & Transfers

Registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend for any reason, you can transfer your registration to another person without penalty. Simply email a copy of your confirmation email with a cover letter stating your request, including contact information for the person replacing you, to An online registration link will be sent to the person replacing you so they may complete the registration form. Transfer must be complete by August 1, 2018.


  • Council on Development of West Ohio Conference United Methodist Church
  • East Ohio United Methodist Foundation
  • United Methodist Foundation of Michigan
  • United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania
  • United Methodist Foundation of Indiana
  • United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia
  • Northwest Ohio Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (6 Synods)
  • Lake Erie Shores & Islands