The Generosity & Stewardship Conference invites clergy and laity involved in stewardship and finance, development, foundation leadership and consultancy to participate in a unique learning experience on the shores of Lake Erie at Lakeside Chautauqua. The 2019 conference will take place from August 4-7 in Lakeside Chautauqua. Continue to check back for more conference information as it becomes available.

Looking ahead for next year, individuals can save the date in 2020 for the conference. The Generosity & Stewardship Conference will take place Sunday, August 2 - Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Grace Duddy Pomroy is a millennial stewardship ministry leader, financial educator, blogger and coach in Minneapolis, Minn.

She received her Master of Arts in congregational mission and leadership from Luther Seminary in 2012 and became a Certified Financial Education Instructor in 2017. She has served as Assistant Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary and as the Executive Director of Operations for Kairos and Associates and the Joshua Group.

In 2016, she co-authored with the Rev. Charles R. Lane the book Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation’s Life.

Pomroy is currently the Senior Financial Educator & Content Developer at Portico Benefit Services and co-owner of Embracing Stewardship, LLC. On her blog, The Classy Frugalist, she shares information and advice that helps people connect their values and their money so they can share, save and spend with confidence.

Rev. David Neil Mosser is Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas.

He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas and received his Master of Divinity from the Perkins School of Theology and his doctorate in rhetoric from the University of Texas in Austin.

When not at the church leading Bible studies, Mosser often is in the classroom. He is an adjunct professor at Perkins and teaches a multicultural introduction to philosophy class and introduction to ethics at Navarro College.

He has been the editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual, as well as author or editor of 17 books, including The Stewardship Companion: Lectionary Resources for Preaching and Just in Time! Stewardship Services.

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.

Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.

From 2007-2013, Melissa worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions.

A native of Chautauqua, New York, Melissa is a graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Divinity School, and she is an active lay person in the United Methodist Church.

2019 Schedule & Presentations

Please download the 2019 Generosity & Stewardship Conference. Individuals will receive the final schedule upon arrival.

Suggested Reading List

From the Keynote Speakers:

  • Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation’s Life - Grace Duddy Pomroy & the Rev. Charles R. Lane
  • The Stewardship Companion: Lectionary Resources for Preaching - The Rev. David Neil Mosser
  • Just in Time! Stewardship Services - The Rev. David Neil Mosser
  • 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


Registration Fee

The 2019 registration fee is $350.

Please note that this per-person registration fee includes 3 overnight accommodations at Hotel Lakeside or the Fountain Inn, conference-organized meals, all conference sessions and speakers, a 3-day Lakeside Chautauqua gate pass, a 3-day parking pass for one vehicle, and access to a wide variety of Chautauqua activities during your stay. Due to generous support from sponsors, we're able to offer all of these features while keeping the registration inexpensive. The fee will not be reduced for shorter participation or shared or alternate accommodations.

Cancellations, Refunds, & Transfers

Registration fees are non-refundable. If you're 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 Aug. 1, 2019.

2019 Partners

Partnerships are vital to providing this excellent learning opportunity in the area of generosity. We give thanks for our partnerships:

  • Council on Development of West Ohio Conference, UMC
  • East Ohio United Methodist Foundation
  • United Methodist Foundation of Indiana
  • United Methodist Foundation of Michigan
  • United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia
  • United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania
  • United Methodist Stewardship Foundation, Susquehanna Conference, UMC
  • Lake Erie Shores & Islands


Lakeside is located in Ohio on the Marblehead Peninsula, approximately 1.5 hours from 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 Chautauqua is a historic community that offers an abundance of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities during its 11-week gated summer programming season for individuals, families and groups.