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.

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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

Text and Culture: A Survey of the Old Testament
Dr. Michael A. Bell May 8-15, 2018

Text and Culture II: A Survey of the New Testament

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew June 5-12, 2018

Telling Our Stories: An Intro to Christian Education

Dr. Michael Sepidoza Campos July 31-Aug 7, 2018

Great Story of Your Faith:

Defining Moments in the History of Christianity
Dr. James Lawrence Aug 21-28, 2018

Thinking Theologically:

God-talk for Community Building
Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson Sept. 11—18, 2018

Let the Church Say Amen:

An Introduction to Christian Worship
Dr. Ann Jefferson Oct. 9—16, 2018

Biblical Interpretation: An Ancient Text for Today

Rev. Lynice Pinkard Nov 13—20, 2018

I’m Gonna Preach:

Finding Voice in Church and World
Rev. Barbara Essex Jan 8—22, 2019

Wells of Living Water:

Spiritual Practices for the Journey of Life
Rev. Dr. Christy Newton Feb 5—12, 2019

For the Bible Tells Me So?
An Intro to Christian Ethics
Dr. Carol Manahan Mar 12—19, 2019

Still Waters and Streams:

Introduction to Pastoral Care
Rev. Latisha James April 2—9, 2019

Called to Lead: Care & Administration of Church
Rev. Barbara Essex Feb 19, 2019

Loving God by Loving Ourselves: Self-Care
Rev. Dr. Toni Dunbar March 5, 2019