Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

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Welcome to Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

Registration for 2014 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 locally or at a distance through online learning. A carefully selected curriculum of online and face-to-face 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 / 510-849-8284

Don't Miss Our Upcoming Course!

Still Waters and Streams: An Introduction to Pastoral Care

April 22 - 29, 2014

This couRev. Dr. Horace Griffinrse 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 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 Ministry 2013

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.  


Christian Education - Sept. 9 - 16, 2014
Worship - Oct. 2014
Preaching - Jan.2015
Church Administration - Feb. 23, 2015

For more information about the TEL program, contact 510/849-8284 or

Announcing "That They May All Be One" - a TEL-UCC Partnership in Online Learning

We are excited to announce that the TEL program will soon complete its first cycle of ONLINE courses in UCC Polity and Ministry this June!  The one-week course in UCC History taught by Rev. Carol Barriger will mark the end of the year-long series. These classes have been designed to create an opportunity for lay leaders in the UCC, people in churches considering joining the UCC, and persons seeking LIcensure or Commissioning in the Northern California Nevada Conference to gain a working knowledge of the United Church of Christ. 

The TEL UCC Identity Series was developed under the guidance of PSR faculty member, Dr. Randi Walker and take the place of what was formerly known as the NCNC Ministry Institutes.  The classes will utilize both the Adobe Connect live seminar and Moodle online, self-paced formats to teach the material.  Participants can enroll for the individual courses or the entire series.  Please contact us for more details!

UCC History -  July 21 - 28  2014 - Rev. Carol Barriger, Instructor

UCC Polity - October 27 - November 3, 2014 - Rev. Carol Barriger, Instructor

UCC Ethos - March 2015 - Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Instructor

UCC Theology - April 2015 - Rev. Dr. Lee Barrett, Instructor  


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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.