At San Francisco Theological Seminary, excellence in ministry is fostered through the development of new ways to serve individuals and institutions both within and outside of the Church. The Seminary’s collaborative environment is an incubator for the research and development of alternative understandings, new tools, and novel resources for ministry in a rapidly changing world.

Geared towards those working in ministry, Summer Seminars are Doctor of Ministry courses that can be taken as Continuing Education courses by those who qualify. At one or two weeks long, these courses can be completed in the time frame most pastors have for study leave.

Tuition for continuing education students is $750 per course. D.Min. and Certificate tuition is determined by program and may require additional dissertation/project seminars and coursework.

To register as a Continuing Education student, or if you are a D.Min. student from another seminary, please contact Ruth T. West, Program Manager for Advanced Pastoral Studies, at 415.451.2838 or

Classes this summer are:

Session I: June 5-16
Pastor as Person, James McCray, June 5-16
How People Change, Scott Sullender, June 5-16
Teaching as Leadership, Rodger Nishioka, June 5-9
Biblical Images for Reimagining Church, Jon Berquist, June 12-16

Session II: June 19-30
Theology of Ministry, Carol Lakey Hess, June 19-30
Peacemaking in the City, David Daniels, June 19-30
Gospel and Global Media Culture, Mary Hess, June 19-23

Session III: July 3-14
Cultural Milieu and Church Mission, Beth Liebert, July 3-14
Faith and Caregiving Over the Life Cycle, Daniel Schipani, July 3-14
Leadership for Communities of Just Practice: Perspectives on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Community Formation, Deborah Mullen, July 3-7
Religion, Gender, Race and Nation: An Introduction to Feminist-informed Theologies, Teresa Chavez Sauceda, July 3-14