Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing

Lakeside Chautauqua is a summer community for families of all sizes located on the Lake Erie shore. It’s a unique place to bring family and friends to enjoy the same sustaining values and traditions learned as a child. Since 1873, Lakeside has provided a summer Chautauqua experience dedicated to spiritual growth and renewal, educational and cultural enrichment, and recreational pursuits.

Lakeside Chautauqua was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement in the U.S. and was originally established as a religious retreat committed to continuing education. A Chautauqua is a community welcoming all people to gather and participate in lifelong learning opportunities through the four pillars: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation.

Scholarship Purpose
In the biblical tradition, keeping Sabbath is essential to maintaining a relationship with God. A time of renewal for clergy is energizing and an important part of maintaining the commitment, passion and skills to focus on ministry. Lakeside believes that the Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Scholarship will deepen the spiritual lives of clergy, encouraging reflection, rest, renewal and clarity for life and work. The scholarship provides up to four overnight stays at the Fountain Inn. The scholarship can’t be used between Memorial Day through Labor Day each year.

Scholarship Eligibility
A clergyperson who is a member of the East or West Ohio United Methodist Church Conference is eligible to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship will be applied directly to Fountain Inn  accommodations at Lakeside Chautauqua.

To Apply
To apply for the Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Scholarship, please complete the application form and return it to: Lakeside Chautauqua, Attn: Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Scholarship, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440. The number of scholarships awarded varies each year and can’t be used between Memorial Day through Labor Day. The scholarship is awarded twice per calendar year. Scholarship deadline is October 10 and February 1. Applicants will be notified by October 31 and February 28.

For more information, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 347 or email

Lakeside Endowment Fund
The Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Endowment was given generously by Maureen Moody to help provide a scholarship for clergy. This scholarship allows the recipient to visit Lakeside and experience a time of rest and renewal. Individuals can also give to the endowment, which supports the Ohio United Methodist clergy renewal at Lakeside Chautauqua.

For more information about giving to the Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Endowment, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 or email