2018 Oates Award Banquet

Oates Institute’s Legacy

The Oates Institute was formed as a nonprofit organization over 25 years ago to provide a safe, respectful, virtual classroom for spiritual caregivers to learn from each other and from best practice research and scholarship. Skills learned have undergirded the ministry to thousands of persons around the world.

Dr. Wayne E. Oates was a pioneer in the spiritual / pastoral care and counseling movement through his writing, teaching, consulting and supervision at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville Medical School.

The Oates Institute was established in his honor as a holder of Dr. Oates’ intellectual properties and has offered on-line continuing education, professional development and lay training in the fields of spiritual care and spirituality.

Building on Oates’ legacy of outstanding scholarship and application of practical theology, the Institute seeks to embrace emerging professionals and lay persons as offer spiritual/pastoral care in many settings.


Oates Institute Accomplishments Highlights

  • Provided 30 – 3 - 4 week collaborative learning seminars on various topics, i.e., Spirituality and Mental Health, Helping Children Grieve, Aging and Spirituality, and Spiritual Care of the Addicted Person…
  • Conducted 2 week / 12 presentations, live online symposium addressing the Opioid Crisis included multi-disciplined leaders
  • Developed Resource Library – one hour thought leader presentations
  • Upcoming seminars: Thoughts from the Bedside, Spiritual Care of the Traumatic Brain Injured Person and Family, Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, Spirituality of the “Nones”, Issues in Spirituality and Palliative Care.

Sponsorship Benefits

  • An opportunity of hosting folks from around the region who are interested in promoting pastoral / spiritual care and spirituality
  • Publicity on the Event Program, website, newsletter to over 2,000
  • Publicity in local media, other spiritual care cognate groups, nonprofits, and faith groups
  • Hosting by a media personality – Kirby Adams, Courier Journal
  • An opportunity to celebrate, honor or memorialize pastoral / spiritual caregivers and other professionals who have advanced spirituality as an important part of mental health delivery
  • Help fund the mission of the Oates Institute

Sponsorship Opportunities (CLICK TO PURCHASE ONLINE BELOW)

  • $200 co-sponsorship
  • $50 gift in honor or in memory of a person who helped advance spirituality or spiritual care
  • $25 ticket for event
  • $175 table sponsorship in honor or in memory of organization or person – includes 6 tickets for the event

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