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Telling Our Stories: 
An Introduction to Christian Education

with Dr. Michael Sepidoza Campos
September 1 - 8, 2015 


This course invites learners to survey main themes of Christian teaching, religious education and curriculum practices as they relate to ministry. Specific attention will be given to the different versions and processes of religious education and theoretical explorations on shifting roles between student-teacher. Care will be given to discerning approaches to religious education, particularly the emergence of social biography, conscientization and liberative/transformative reflection Christian education.

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Learn about our new course series & certificate in Gender, Sexuality & the Bible, beginning in September.

Welcome to Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

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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. 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, 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 a non-graduate-level certificate.

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
/ 510-849-8284

TEL is for "The Ordinary People of God"

"The scope and vision of Christian educational ministry is 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

Scottie Shelton - CTEL Graduate 2015

 "I had a wonderful TEL experience. I began in the middle of the TEL year (January’s “I’m Gonna Preach”) but I’m glad I didn’t wait to get started! You can really begin at any point and still get the full TEL experience. 

I met new friends and came to love each professor and the way they interacted with us both in class and online.  I was sad every time we said our goodbyes in our final class.  The sharing can be very intimate as well.  Beyond just discussing the material, instructors gave us opportunities to pray for one another, to offer praises and discuss side topics like how we were affected by world politics.  Aside from meeting people from around the world, you have the opportunity to learn from Doctor level professors and all at a very affordable price for each class. 

The TEL experience could be all you are looking for in your work as a leader in your faith community, or it could be a jumping off point into deeper theological study.” Scottie Shelton - CTEL 2015

Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL), 2015

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 congregational 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 TEL class at the same discounted rate as PSR's Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL) students.  


Christian Education - Sept. 1 - 8, 2015
Worship - Oct. 13 - 20, 2015
Preaching - Jan. 2016
Church Administration
 - Feb. 2016

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 stay in touch.  We will keep you up to date on TEL courses, webinars, news and programs.  Or reach us directly at 510/849-8284 or