Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

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Welcome to Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

Registration for 2015 courses is now open.

This program of special courses and seminars provides progressive, accessible Christian theological education year round for clergy, laity, and spiritual seekers from diverse racial/ethnic communities. Retaining an important emphasis of its antecedent, the Certificate of Ministry Studies (CMS) program, TEL is multicultural in its design and focus. It may be engaged at the level that works for you - for personal spiritual formation, lay leadership training, professional growth, or continuing education.

Using PSR's "flexible learning" approach, the TEL fosters a strong and supportive community environment while enabling participation at a distance through online learning. A carefully selected curriculum of online experiences may be engaged individually, or as part of various non-graduate-level certificates.

 We hope that you will join our growing TEL community. Check us out on Facebook here.

 

 

Rev. Janice Sommerville

Program Coordinator, TEL and
Community & Continuing Education

jsommerville@psr.edu / 510-849-8284


"The scope and vision of Christian educational ministry is thus opened up by online possibilities.  This has significance for the ownership of theology, formerly the preserve of the university, seminary, or specialist theologian.  It suggests a different sort of theology, not derived from academics or church hierarchy but emerging from within the ordinary people of God."

Dr. Ros Stuart-Buttle, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 2014


Praise for TEL

CTEL graduate Vickey Gibbs

"TEL offers the best of PSR's professors, consultants, alumni and community partners in providing a world class learning experience as well as creating a community in which we pray, cry, worship, share, preach, rejoice, sing, dance, grieve and uplift with those who journey with us. From Uganda to the US, we know that we will never journey alone again, in life or in learning."

Vickey Gibbs, Curriculum Specialist, Office of Emerging Ministries, UFMCC
Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL), 2013

"I will be able to use the material that was given to me for this course throughout the rest of my life. There is no limit to what I can learn and am capable of learning now that I have taken this course."

CTEL Student,Course Evaluation
2014


Don't Miss Our Upcoming Course!

Still Waters and Streams: An Introduction to Pastoral Care

with Rev. Dr. Horace Griffin
April 14 - 21, 2015

Course Description 

This course is a brief introduction to pastoral care.  Students will be introduced to the history of pastoral care and the Church’s tradition regarding the “cure of the soul.”  Drawing from readings, class lectures and a case study, students will develop skills for pastoral conversations and spiritual care.  This course will provide a special focus on assisting others in crises, such as illness, troubled relationships, loss, death and dying.  Students will understand and observe pastoral care as a spiritual undertaking involving lay members as well as clergy within a faith community.  Pastoral care will be explored in the context of theological issues such as theodicy (problem of evil in a "good" world),  God as a benevolent being and sin. 
  
  



TEL Partners with the MCC L.E.A.D. Program

The Office of Community & Continuing Education at PSR is proud to partner with the MCC Office of Formation & Leadership to provide course offerings for those lay persons and leaders taking their spiritual, theological, and ministry development to new levels!

These online classes meet the criteria for required courses and electives in Public Speaking, Organizational Development, Christian Education, and Essentials in Worship Leading in the MCC L.E.A.D. Program.

Lay leaders enrolled in the L.E.A.D. Program register for each class at the same discounted rate as PSR's Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL) students.  

Courses:

Christian Education - Sept. 1 - 8, 2015
Worship - Oct. 13 - 20, 2015
Preaching - Jan. 2016
Church Administration
 - Feb. 2016
 
For more information about the TEL program, contact 510/849-8284 or tel@psr.edu.



Contact Us

We would love to hear from you about your interest in individual courses, or certificates in the TEL program.

If your community has special needs or interests, let us know and we will work with you to develop programs that meet your needs.

Use our contact form to get in touch.  We will keep you up to date on TEL developments and let you know when the final course schedule is released and registration opens.