Generosity & Stewardship Conference took place from August 5-8, 2018. Clergy and laity involved in stewardship and finance, development, foundation leaders and consultants participated in a unique learning experience.

Generosity & Stewardship Conference

Conference Survey Dive Deeper Collaboration

Thank you for participating in the Generosity & Stewardship at Lakeside Chautauqua. Please provide your feedback so that we can continue to improve the learning experience.

In addition, you are invited to dig in and share further about the generosity landscape at your organization or church. We can't wait to connect with you in October and find out about how you sparked action.


The following partnerships are vital to providing an excellent learning opportunity in the area of generosity. We give thanks for the following partnerships:

  • 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

Speaker Presentations

Breakout Sessions


· 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