Caring Presence Program

(Formerly known as the Congregational Care Network)

Educating people to help others through a mind, body, and spirit perspective


There are natural caregivers in every organization / congregation that feels lured or called to reach out in compassionate, non-judgmental ways to persons who are under stress from all kinds of life situations. This online program is designed (something like the Stephen Ministries) to enable lay persons to increase their understanding and skills in providing spiritual / pastoral lay care.  Under the supervision of a staff member, lay persons are trained to respond in respective ways to a variety of kinds of need.  There is an opportunity for a person to get a certificate of completion if they take the six modules.  However, a person may take one or more modules without completing the certificate of completion.  Organizations / congregations invest the following fees in order for persons to participate.  Since the Oates Institute is a nonprofit organization, it depends on these fees and donations to ensure the program is affordable.


Annual Membership Fee / small organizations / congregations = under 200 members - $100; large organizations / congregations = over 250 members - $250; $40 person per module; some seminars require a book with price TBA – for the staff leader modules are Free.


Each module is facilitated / taught by experienced spiritual caregivers / counselors


Each Module is one month in duration. Each week reading assignments will be made with an opportunity to post via email / learning platform thoughts, questions, concerns, and examples from the readings.  The facilitator invites participants via email / learning platform to interact about the posted materials. All conversations are confidential. Reading, reflection, posting and responding to posts can be done at the participant’s convenience and requires approximately one to two hours a week.

Module 1 – Introduction to Spiritual / Pastoral Care begins in July. Module 2 – August

For more information or to register contact Rick Underwood, [email protected], 502-592-9050.