CTEL Brochure

The Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL) provides strong theological leadership training for lay and clergy leaders, equipping you to strengthen congregations and create new ministries.

One of the richest traditions of PSR’s lay certificate programs has been that of cross-cultural, cross-denominational networking and community building.

Students are encouraged to communicate one-on-one with TEL staff and instructors to develop their ministry and vocational goals, particularly if they are considering further studies at PSR.

The CTEL includes, over the course of 12 months:

  • June-May: eleven online courses and two seminars. You may enroll and begin the program at any time during the year.
  • May: Commencement ceremony (Optional.  With other PSR graduates in Berkeley). CTEL students are invited to receive their certificate during PSR’s commencement ceremonies, along with other PSR students.

CTEL students are invited to participate in PSR’s “Come & See Prospective Student Weekend”—which takes place twice a year on the Berkeley campus—to further community-building and provide space for theological and spiritual reflection. This weekend event is a good opportunity to meet faculty and staff of the TEL program. Learn more about Come & See.

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CTEL learners progress as a cohort, learning and reflecting together online throughout the year.  Relationships seeded and nurtured through each successive course leads to a cohesive and supportive learning community.


Courses provide in-depth, introductory explorations of topics that comprise the core of theological understanding and ministerial competence. Each course includes twelve hours of learning over eight days, including two live online seminars surrounding a week of self-paced online learning.

For professionals seeking certification of continuing education, CEUs are available.

Courses offered annually: 

  • June: Old Testament Survey
  • July: New Testament Survey
  • August: Church History & Theology
  • September: Christian Education
  • September: Thinking Theologically
  • October: Christian Worship
  • November: Biblical Interpretation
  • January: Preaching
  • February: Christian Spirituality
  • March: Christian Ethics
  • April: Pastoral Care


Seminars address a wide variety of topics in one- to three-hour live interactive sessions. Some seminars are offered occasionally, some annually. For professionals seeking certification of continuing education, CEUs are available.

Seminars offered annually:

  • February: Theology of Church Management (3 hour seminar)
  • Varies: Elective seminar

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.


By focusing on fateful events that decisively shaped Christianity the immense landscape of Christian history can be brought into view. Using a lens of progressive Christianity, we will engage four such defining moments in the two thousand years of the world’s largest faith tradition: the first-century expulsion from synagogues that launched organized Christianity; the fourth-century Council of Nicaea that inaugurated Christianity as a world empire religion; the sixteenth-century Protestant breakaway that created entrepreneurial religion; and the 1974 Lausanne Conference that still seeks global evangelization.


Dr. Michael Sepidoza CamposThis 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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The Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership is a part of the TEL program. Click here to learn more about the Theological Education for Leadership program.