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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Leadership in a Multicultural World - syllabus

Presbytery of San Francisco's
Education Center
Leadership Training Classes

Course Title: Leadership in a Multicultural World
March 17-18, 2017 - Friday night 7-10pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
@ the Presbytery of San Francisco Education Center and Administrative Office

Eric H. F. Law

Course Description:
This course will increase the students’ intercultural competency for leadership in a multicultural world.
Topics to explore includes:
  • What is culture, and why are there cultural differences?
  • Cultural differences and their impacts on our congregational leadership
  • Power dynamics in multicultural environments
  • Theological reflection on leadership in a multicultural diverse context
  • Skill, models and processes for building inclusive community
  • Developing a spirituality for leadership in a diverse, changing world

Required Texts:
Eric H. F. Law, The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, Chalice Press, 1992
(Spanish version available through the Kaleidoscope Institute. Email:

Recommended Resources:
Eric H. F. Law, The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed, Chalice Press, 1996

Course Requirements:
  1. Complete Required Reading
  2. Attendance at class session

  1. Read all required books before the start of class.
  2. Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  3. Final Project:
  1. Using the skills and models from this course, create a project involving at least 8 people from diverse backgrounds in the context of your own ministry.
  2. The project needs to have the following elements:
    1. At least 3-5 hours of contact with the group.
    2. A carefully designed process using the skills and tools learned in the course.
    3. Evaluation – written and verbal from participants.
  3. Write a report and reflection:
    1. Goals and objectives of the project
    2. Detailed design outline of the session(s)
    3. Include all handouts materials used for the session(s)
    4. Summary of written evaluations
    5. A reflection on your experience (about 10 pages) as a leader that demonstrate incorporation of learning from class and reading.
Pre-Course Assignment: Read The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb. Pay attention to multicultural gatherings between now and March 17. Keep a journal of your reflections on the dynamics and concerns that you observed in multicultural gathering.

CLP/CRE Leadership Class 2016-2017 Overview

here is a quick list of Teachers and Dates of our 2016-17
CLP/CRE & Leadership Classes

you can download forms @
and register with ""
or '

FPCH - First Presbyterian Church Hayward
PSFEC - Presbytery of San Francisco Education Center

September 23-24 Reformed Theology: Sotierology - Gregory Love (PSFEC)
October 21-22 Reformed Theology: Ecclesiology - Mark Hopkins (FPCH)
November 18-19 New Testament: Book Study - Dale Bruner (FPCH)

January 27-28 Pastoral Theology - David Rohrer (FPCH)
February 24-25 New Testament Overview - Daniel Kirk (FPCH)
March 17-18 Church Leadership in Multicultural World* - Eric Law (PSFEC)

 (*The above class will be presented in Spanish and English)

April 28-29 Presbyterian Polity Today - Kamal Hassan (PSFEC)
May 19-20 Church Leadership in Current American Context - Soong-Chan Rah (FPCH)
June 23-24 Old Testament Overview - Carol Miles (PSFEC)
July 28-29 Old Testament: Book Study - Pablo Morataya (PSFEC)
August 25-26 Discipleship and Social Justice - Debra Lee (?)
September 29-30 Church History and Ethos - Gregory Love (PSFEC)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 24-25 New Testament Overview Daniel Kirk

February 24-25  we welcome Daniel Kirk to teach our New Testament overview class for the CLP/CRE program. 

Dr. Daniel Kirk Ph.D., Duke University Daniel has taught in a variety of institutions for over 10 years on the big story of the Bible and how it intersects with life, faith, and culture. He hopes his teaching and writing will help Christians express their faith in ways that lead to the greater flourishing of the world. Dr. Kirk is presently Pastoral Director at Newbigin House in San Francisco. 
This class is open to all... the class will be held at First Presbyterian Church Hayward. 2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley, CA 94546 (510) 581-6203

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 18-19 New Testament: Book Study Dale Bruner

November 18 and 19th we welcome Dr. Dale Bruner as our professor for our CLP class. The class will be a book study of the Gospel of Matthew. 

Dale is considered by many scholars one of the world’s preeminent biblical scholars and teachers. The author of numerous commentaries, Dale is known for his down-to-earth style of teaching. Dale's two volume commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is seen as one of the best ever written. 

For students of the Bible getting to study under Dale Bruner should be on their bucket. This is an opportunity you do not what to miss. 

He currently serves on the adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary.

This Leadership/CLP class will be taught at:
First Presbyterian Church Hayward2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Friday 7-10 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Here is the rundown as far as reading and assignments.
Dale has asked that you read as much as possible  - in the following order

Dale's Commentary on Matthew Part 1 - 2004 or newer (he suggested paperback)
Dale's Commentary on Matthew Part 2 - 2004 or newer (he suggested paperback)

I would personally suggest sharing these books - for example - partner with someone and read one and than switch. Both of these commentaries I use extensively so are a great long-term purchase as well.

There will be no papers due but Karl and I will ask for a short theological reflection (1-2 pages single spaced answering the question "What did you learn about the Gospel of Matthew over this past weekend?" )