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Doctor of Ministry - Semiotics and Future Studies

Semiotics & Future Studies

At a Glance:

Doctor of Ministry - Semiotics and Future Studies Track

Semester hours 36
Average Completion Time 3 years
Cost per credit $498 per hour; $1,600 (for each face-to-face retreat)* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
Location Online, with face-to-face advances in Washington, D.C., Cambridge, UK and Orcas Island, OR
Application Deadline Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

Anticipate change. Proactive leadership in Google Culture with Len Sweet.

The Semiotics and Future Studies Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program with Dr. Leonard (Len) Sweet prepares an advance guard of Jesus semioticians, leaders adept at seeing signs of Jesus' work in the world. These followers of Jesus are not afraid of the future but are excited about its possibilities and promises, while aware of its perils and pitfalls.

The approach is an ancient-future one of MRI (Missional, Relational, Incarnational) discipleship, using an EPIC (Experiential, Participatory, Image-Rich, Connective) interface. Students explore how to transition the church from its current default of APC (Attractional, Propositional, Colonial) to MRI, and play with a variety of EPIC interfaces.

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Program Overview

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Semiotics and Future Studies Doctor of Ministry track will:
  1. gain an advanced understanding and integration of ministry in relation to leadership and contemporary culture
  2. formulate a comprehensive and critical understanding of ministry informed by the application of semiotics and future studies
  3. develop and acquire skills and competencies in research methods, critical thinking, academic voice, and ministry application
  4. contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a doctoral-level project
  5. foster competencies in semiotic analysis/reading of the culture and anticipating trends for local ministry application
  6. engage with diverse cultural, religious, and linguistic contexts of ministry through a cross-cultural field experience

Application Deadline

  • Rolling application deadline; apply now for the next start date.

Program Delivery Model


The Semiotics and Futures Studies DMin track organizes students into groups of 20 that journey together through the entire program. A new cohort launches each academic year. Cohorts meet annually at the face-to-face (F2F) experiences. By means of online synchronous and asynchronous, cohorts critically discuss and probe course-related issues and topics with an eye toward their own ministry contexts.  


From the outset of the program, students are paired with an individual faculty advisor who helps them develop and focus their areas of specialization in the customized courses. Faculty advisors ensure the academic integrity of their students’ work by helping them to sharpen their critical thinking, writing and source-documentation skills. Faculty advisors go on to serve as their students’ dissertation advisors.


The track features an approach to academics that engages a variety of venues that are experiential, participatory, image-driven, and connective. It utilizes a mentor-based, cohort-driven model that values relationship. As such, faculty, staff and cohort peers comprise the heart of the program.


Students participate in three face-to-face 'advance' experiences in Orlando, FL, Oxford, UK, and Orcas Island, WA. They meet for a reseach course, visit in-person with their advisor, and join Leonard Sweet for a number of learning sessions. Learn more...

Online and Hybrid

The delivery system for the track utilizes a hybrid delivery model. Students participate in several conferences, receive personal mentoring from Dr. Sweet and select faculty advisors, engage in ongoing online interactivity with cohort members and professors, and engage in reading, reflection, research, and writing.

Students meet weekly with Len Sweet for synchronous chats in SpotOn3D at an island online learning community called 'Mag Mell'.