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
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.
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
Small, Joseph, The Great Ends of the Church, Short Term Study Course for Adults, Louisville, KY, Witherspoon Press 2003. www.pcusa.org/witherspoonpress
Gray, Joan S. and Tucker, Joyce C., Presbyterian Polity for Church Leaders, 4th Ed., Louisville, KY, Geneva Press, 2012
- Attendance at both class sessions
- Completion of all required readings
- A final assignment TBA. DUE: May 19, 2017
Pre-Course AssignmentRead 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.