Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

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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

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

TEL is for "The Ordinary People of God"

"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."

Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL) student, 2014

Don't Miss Our Upcoming Offerings!

Text and Culture II: A Survey of the New Testament

with Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew

June 2 - 9, 2015

This course intends to explore the literature and background (thus “text and culture”) of the early Christ-following movement.  Our study will basically progress in two steps: first, an overview of the socio-cultural and religious contexts out of which Christianity developed; second, a selective survey of New Testament books (mainly Paul and Mark, and to a lesser degree, the other canonical Gospels) to emphasize the theological diversity within the canon of Scriptures. We will also give special attention to the contextual and ideological nature of textual interpretation.

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Theologies of Race & Racism

with Dr. Sharon Fennema
June 23 - 30, 2015

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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