Nelson-Olin__Sally_(4)There are several catego­ries of clergy in The United Methodist Church. One is the 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.

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

Lakeside Chautauqua will host a Local Pastors and Associate Members Retreat from Sunday, Aug. 21-Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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. 21 on the Pavilion West Deck with a Dessert Social for registered attendees. Following this event, both attendees and Lakesiders are invited to the Sunset Vespers by the Lake Service at 8:30 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 Orchestra Hall at 9:15 a.m. Preacher of the Week, the Rev. Dr. Peggy Streiff, will lead worship on Monday and Tuesday, and will be joined by the Rev. Doug Lewis, Firelands District Superintendent, on Wednesday. Eucharist will be served. Both registered retreat attendees and Lakesiders are welcome.

Following the Faith for Living Hour and Chapel Services at 11 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, registered attendees are invited for a time of reflection and to work with the spiritual formation facilitators, including the Rev. Howard Humphress, Director of the East Ohio Office of Pastoral Care, and 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. 22, members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sandusky, Ohio will prepare the evening meal for registered attendees as they practice “radical hospitality.”

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Vespers by the Lake will be held on the Pavilion East Deck, led by the Rev. Dr. Streiff. Both registered attendees and Lakesiders are invited to attend.


To register for this event, download the 2016 Local Pastors & Associate Members Retreat Brochure. 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.

The deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 12. Please return the completed registration form and payment to Lakeside Chautauqua, Attn: Religious Life, 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, Ohio 43440.

For more information, contact