Thursday, November 8, 2018

Class Schedule as of November 4, 2018

Friday Saturday Instructor Course
Mark Hopkins Missional Ecclesiology
Soong-Chan Rah Understanding the American Church Landscape
Kamal Hassan             TDiverse Theologyheolokdgical Diversity
Eric Law Multi-Cultural Church Leadership
Daniel Kirk New Testament Overview
Kamal Hassan Polity

Mignon Jacobs Old Testament Overview
Greg Love Reformed Theology
Mindy Smith Multi-Generational Preaching and Communication
DeAnna Christmas Pastoral Self-Care and Boundaries

Deborah Lee Discipleship in Our Current Context



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Cohort of CLP candidates starting January 2019

We will be starting a new cohort for CLP candidates in January of 2019. The cohort will take 12 ten class hour classes over 13 months. Class generally meet on the third weekend each month for 3 hours on Friday night and 7 hours on Saturday. There are reading and writing assignments before and after class. At the end of the 12 classes, CLP candidates will have completed all the educational requirements to become a Commissioned Lay Pastor in the PC USA.

If you are interested in becoming part of the 2018 CLP cohort please contact Karl Shadley at

For an overview of the program, you can download the steps paper and the 2017-18 class catalog by clicking on the appropriate items on the right side of the blog page.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017



CRE/CLP Leadership Training

Presbytery of San Francisco Education Center
July 28-29, 2017

Instructor:  Sung Kim  
                     (510) 559-9128 

Teaching Assistant:   Susan Hunn
(925) 708-4449

Course Description:

This course will be a reading of Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament. Sung Kim will help the students read from the prospective of those who are steeped in Wisdom Literature as in Asian and Buddhist traditions and cultures.

Before class students will read Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job. With the following questions in mind
  • Are justice and happiness congruent? Or, are you just to live a happy life?
  • What do the texts say about the suffering of the just?
Students are also to develop one question that they have of the readings.
Required Texts:

The Bible – NRSV as well as other translations

Course Requirements:

  1. Attendance at both class sessions.
  2. Read the text before class bring insights from the questions and their own question to class.
  3. There will be on short writing assignment that will be developed during the class that will be due in the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017



CRE/CLP Leadership Training

Presbytery of San Francisco Education Center – June 23-24, 2017

Instructor: Carol Miles
(925) 817-9396

Course Description:

This course introduces participants to the content of the Old Testament and to the task of interpreting the Old Testament for contemporary Christian congregations. Questions of the Old Testament’s abiding authority for the church are addressed, and attention is given to the way its major literary forms (narrative, law, prophecy, psalm, wisdom saying) uniquely bear witness to the gospel of God.

Required Texts:

The Bible – NRSV Study Bible (Harper Collins or Oxford)

Jeff S. Anderson, The Old Testament: Its Story and History (available as an e-book on, or in paperback from, 2011

Ellen F. Davis, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament, Cowley Publications, 2001

Recommended Resources:

Bruce C. Birch, Walter Brueggeman, Terence E. Fretheim, and David L. Petersen, eds., A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd ed., Abingdon Press, 2005
Walter Brueggeman and Walter C. Kaiser, eds., The New Interpreter’s Bible Old Testament Survey, Abingdon Press, 2006

Course Requirements:

  1. Attendance at both class sessions.
  2. Completion of all required readings.
  3. A final assignment enumerating the 10 most important insights you gained from the readings and class presentations. Insights should be stated in your own words but may include quotes from books or lectures as appropriate (1-2 pp). On a separate sheet, list a minimum of 5 questions that remain for you about the Old Testament or the task of engaging or interpreting Old Testament texts for the life of the church. Send final assignment as an attachment to the instructor’s email address above. DUE: July 14, 2017

In order to receive a passing grade for the class, ALL work must be completed and turned in no later than July 28, 2017.

Pre-Course Assignment:

Prior to the first class session, please read the two required texts (Anderson and Davis) and come prepared to discuss what you consider to be the problems and possibilities of teaching and preaching the Old Testament in your current congregation.

Friday, March 24, 2017

PRESBYTERIAN POLITY - with the Rev. Kamal Hassan

The Class - Saturday - April 29, 2017

Education Center Leadership Classes


Presbytery of San Francisco – April 28 – April 29, 2017
@ the Presbytery Education Center - 545 Ashbury Ave. El Cerrito CA 

Rev. Kamal Hassan
510-691-5204 ""

Course Description  This is a course on the basics of Presbyterian governance and the guiding principles that inform how congregations in the PCUSA can do mission and ministry in light of contemporary concerns in Church and society.

Required Readings
The Bible – NRSV Study Bible (Harper Collins or Oxford)
“Presbyterian Polity and white privilege: A denomination out of order,” Magdalena I Garcia, February 7, 2017 by The Presbyterian Outlook

Gray, Joan S., Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers, A Handbook, Louisville: Geneva Press 2009

Book of Confessions, The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church Part I, Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY, 2016

Book of Order 2015-2017, The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church Part II, Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY, 2015

Recommended Readings
Small, Joseph, The Great Ends of the Church, Short Term Study Course for Adults, Louisville, KY, Witherspoon Press 2003.

Gray, Joan S. and Tucker, Joyce C., Presbyterian Polity for Church Leaders, 4th Ed., Louisville, KY, Geneva Press, 2012

Course Requirements
  1. Attendance at both class sessions
  2. Completion of all required readings
  3. A final assignment TBA. DUE: May 19, 2017

Pre-Course Assignment
Read the Garcia article and the Confessions of 1967 and Belhar in the Book of Confessions before class. As you read these texts, record what are – for you – 10 key insights that illumine, deepen, or challenge your knowledge and understanding of how the congregation that you are a member of can best embody the PCUSA core identity of being “Reformed but always Reforming” in the post 2016 presidential election environment in Church and society in the United States. In addition, list 5 questions that remain for you – for further study or to be answered in class. This assignment will be collected on Friday evening. It will shape the instruction for the Saturday class and the nature of your final assignment.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Building and Maintaining Boundaries in Ministry

The Presbytery of San Francisco
Classes for all Elders, Deacons, CLPs and other servants
a ministry of the Presbytery Education Working Group
Building and Maintaining 
Boundaries in Ministry:

March 25, 2017 Saturday 8:30 – 3:30pm

This class will meet the required 

“Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training Class”

required by Presbytery for all Pastors to take every three years

Class held at the: 

Presbytery of San Francisco Education Center

545 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94707 

(across from El Cerrito High School)
  • COST: $40 
  • SATURDAY LUNCH: $10.00
  • Class taught by: Kibby Ruth
Founder and Senior Consultant of Kyros Ministry.
Dr. Ruth works with judicatories and congregations to establish safe relationships and faith communities, including prevention of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual harassment, professional misconduct and other abuses of power.
1) To increase awareness of the need for healthy and appropriate boundaries in the
clergy/congregant or teacher/student relationship
2) Review the Sexual Misconduct Policy of the Presbytery of San Francisco
2) To illustrate the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective ministry.
3) To provide clergy and spiritual teachers with guidelines and suggestions for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies


Telephone : 
Email address:

Church affiliation: 
I would like a lunch at $10: _________________

Mail this application and a payment to: (made out to the Presbytery of San Francisco)
Presbytery of San Francisco, Attn: CLP Coordinator
2029 University Ave. Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510 - 849-4393

Contact the Rev. Karl Shadley at: 0r 510-435-4264