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.  The conference will award certificate of participation (2 CEUs) for full participation. 

Attendees of the Generosity & Stewardship Conference 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 Chautauqua 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 in 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 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 Chautauqua is an historic community in Ohio that offers an abundance of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities during its 10-week summer programming season. It is located in the beautiful Lake Erie Shores & Island region. 

Keynote Speakers

The Bishop Robert C. Schnase will visit Lakeside Chautauqua as part of the second annual Generosity and 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, Schnase served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in McAllen, Texas for 15 years. During his tenure there, his congregation became known for their extensive mission and outreach, for reaching younger generations and for their bicultural 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 starting September 1, 2016.

Schnase 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.

Additional keynotes and conference speakers

Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith - Clayton became Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the greater Kansas City, Missouri 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 March 2015.

David King, PhD - David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving as well as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He arrived at IUPUI in 2014 after serving as Assistant Professor of Christian History at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He earned his Ph.D. 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 - Michelle 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. Michelle has impacted the culture of generosity through her 30 years of service leading and founding Cramer & Associates.  For seven consecutive years, Michelle 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 United States and the world.

Rev. Larry A. Crowell - Larry joined Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Central Ohio as President and CEO in February 2011 and has led the organization through a $15 million capital campaign.  Larry began his professional career in the non-profit healthcare sector including serving as President and CEO of three different hospitals in Pennsylvania.  In overseeing these hospitals, Larry 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 and CEO.  After a career in hospital administration of nearly 30 years, Larry responded to a personal call to ordained ministry.  Upon receiving his Master of Divinity Degree 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 (PA), and then as Rector of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in suburban Richmond, VA.  At LSS, Larry 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 will cover the following topics:

  • Coming soon

Suggested Reading List

From Our Keynotes:

  • 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 Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith
  • At the Crossroads: Spiritual Lessons for the Second Half of Life – 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 and 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, and Patricia Snell

Save the Date & Registration

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

Registration information coming soon

Conference Registrants' Home States in 2017


  • 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)