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


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!

Wells of Lving Water: Spiritual Practices for the Journey of Life

with Rev. Dr. Christy Newton
February 10 - 17, 2015

Course Description 

All around us, there are messages of scarcity that claim there is simply not enough. Not enough time, energy, or money. Not enough creativity, intelligence, beauty, hope, wonder… Not enough to share. These messages deplete our spirits on multiple levels and leave many of us as faith leaders trying to quench our spiritual thirsts with the dust of dry wells. This course will introduce a selection of spiritual practices capable of replenishing dry wells and quenching the deep spiritual thirsts of individuals and communities of faith. Students will engage in experiential spiritual practices and critical reflection on those practices. Together we will explore why certain spiritual practices resonate with us and how these spiritual practices might be incorporated into the life of a community of faith.
  
 


Don't Miss Our Upcoming Seminar!

Called to Lead: The Care and Administration of Church
(This seminar approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

with Rev. Barbara Essex
February 23, 2015

Seminar Description 

Every religious community or church requires management and administration. Management that is deeply rooted in the church's vision of ministry and the church's understanding of its own calling, moves beyond paper and numbers becomes a ministry itself.  This course is designed to help participants discern their own community's vision and how it directs and impacts the various acts of administration, including finances,personnel, planning, volunteer management and leadership.  Sensitivity to culture and context are critical as pastors and leaders create a theological and spiritual basis for the work of church management.
  

 

  



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:
Church Administration - Feb. 23, 2015

Christian Education - Sept. 1 - 8, 2015
Worship - Oct. 13 - 20, 2015
Preaching - Jan. 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.