Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)
Welcome to Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)
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.
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Don't Miss Our Upcoming Course!
I'm Gonna Preach:
Finding Voice in Church and World
January 14 - 21, 2014 Please Note Change of Date
The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) records words of the prophets who spoke challenging and hopeful words to the people of Israel and Judah. In the New Testament Jesus teaches in the synagogues and preaches to the masses who gathered around
him. Early church leaders like Peter and Paul proclaim the good news to the crowds. And, as the early church developed, teaching and preaching the word became an important and formative part of Christian worship.
In our differing traditions and denominations preaching has developed in sometimes unique and interesting ways. What is a sermon in your tradition? Are sermons based on scripture – why or why not? What do you hope for when you listen to a sermon? What is a good process for sermon writing? What forms do sermons come in and why does it matter? What does your tradition think about prophetic preaching that engages community, social and political concerns?
Together we will explore these historical and contemporary issues related to proclamation in worship.
"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
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.
For more information about the TEL program, contact 510/849-8227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - June 2014 - Rev. Carol Barriger, Instructor
UCC Polity - October 2014 - Rev. Carol Barriger, Instructor
UCC Ethos - February 18 - 25, 2014 - Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Instructor
UCC Theology - April 2014 - Dr. Christina Hutchins, Instructor
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.