There are several categories of clergy in The United Methodist Church. One is a licensed pastor.

A person called to ministry becomes a licensed local pastor by attending a five-year Course of Study School. The school is operated by the “national church ministry office” and generally taught on a United Methodist seminary campus.

Those who graduate are licensed local pastors. With additional coursework, some become associate members of an annual conference.

Lakeside Chautauqua will host a Fellowship of Associate Members & Local Pastors Retreat from Sunday, Aug. 20-Wednesday, Aug. 23.

The theme for this year’s event is “Living Water: An Oasis for Associate Members & Local Pastors.”

In comparison to previous years, the retreat will follow a less structured format and will focus on spiritual formation.

The retreat will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 on the Pavilion West Deck with a Dessert Social for registrants.

Following this event, both attendees and Lakesiders are invited to the Sunset Vespers by the Lake Service at 8 p.m. on the Pavilion West Deck. This service is led by John and Bonnie Wilkie.

Over the next three days, a Faith for Living Hour and Chapel Service will be held in at 9:15 a.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Preacher of the Week, the Rev. James Winkler, will lead worship on Monday and Tuesday, and will be joined by the Rev. Scot Ocke, Maumee Watershed District Superintendent, on Wednesday. Eucharist will be served. Both registered attendees and Lakesiders are welcome.

Following the Faith for Living Hour and Chapel Services, at 10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday in Chautauqua Hall, registered attendees are invited to hear writer Paul Stutzman relay his spiritual journey of hiking the “Jesus Trail” and the “Camino de Santiago.”

There will also be a time of reflection and to work with the spiritual formation facilitators, Spiritual Directors Debbie Baker and the Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader.

Monday’s reflection will take place at the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park. Tuesday’s reflection will take place at the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sandusky will prepare the evening meal for registered attendees as they practice “radical hospitality.”

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, Vespers by the Lake will be held on the Pavilion East Deck, led by the Rev. Dr. Winkler. Both registered attendees and Lakesiders are invited to attend.

To register for this year’s Local Pastors & Associate Members Retreat, download a registration from at

The $25 registration fee includes three Daily Chautauqua Passes per person, one Auto Pass per registration and participation in all events scheduled during the retreat.

Please return the completed registration form and payment to Lakeside Chautauqua, Attn: Religious Life, 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, Ohio 43440.

For more information, contact