Lakeside Chautauqua Featured in United Methodist Communications

Posted on June 02, 2014

We are extremely honored to be featured on the United Methodist Communications website. Read the article, "8 summer retreat ideas: UMC camp history and locations," written by Patricia Bates.

"Ministry's great minds often take learning vacations together during the summer at camps and Christian retreat centers. Yet, even if your family and friends cannot afford a trip this year, you can still offer one at (or near) your church that feels like a group getaway.

 Research and find a camp, Christian retreat center or Chautauqua

So much thought goes into the programming every June through August by individual leaders of the 207 locations and offices within the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministry. The ministry serves more than 1 million guests annually, and 17 faith-based facilities offer programs in the Chautauqua Network on the Chautauqua Trail. They arrange their schedules from six to 12 months ahead of time, but you could organize yours in hours by using many of the resources on their websites.

 Chautauquas inspired by United Methodists

Chautauquas are spiritual learning centers, but they are not affiliated with any one denomination. They were inspired by Methodists in 1874, when John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller rented the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York after a Methodist camp meeting. They first wanted to train Sunday school teachers, but soon enrolled other students. Read more…