Semiotics & Future Studies
At a Glance:
Doctor of Ministry - Semiotics and Future Studies Track
|Average Completion Time||3 years|
|Cost per credit||$513 per hour; $1,600 (for each face-to-face Advance)* (financial aid available)|
|Accreditation||Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
|Location||Online, with face-to-face advances in Portland, OR, and Orcas Island, WA
|Application Deadline||June 1st. We will continue to accept applications after the deadline when cohorts are not filled.|
*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) track of the Leadership in the Emerging Culture DMin program with Lead Mentor, Dr. Leonard (Len) Sweet, prepares an advance guard of application-oriented semioticians, leaders adept at seeing signs of Jesus' work in the world--leaders who can proactively guide the church into the future of this era of uncertainty and change. This approach helps students transition the church from being primarily attractional and propositional, to being missional, relational, image-rich, and participatory.
Learning OutcomesGraduates of the Semiotics and Future Studies Doctor of Ministry track will:
- Anticipate important ministry trends
- Confidently lead in a rapidly changing culture
- Reorient churches toward being missional, relational, image-rich, and participatory
- Improve communication skills
See the George Fox University catalog to learn more about the program learning outcomes.
Online and flexible
Students meet weekly online with their cohort in real time for a scheduled 1-hour live chat facilitated by Len Sweet, and then engage in asynchronous online discussion with the cohort on their own schedule throughout the week.
The Lead Mentor, Dr. Leonard Sweet, sets the overall inspiration, ethos, and direction of the program. Students take six courses related to program themes with the Lead Mentor over two years, which include two forums of online discussions. The Lead Mentor teaches sessions at the advances, and also participates in each student’s dissertation oral defense
Groups of 15-20 students journey together through the entire program. By means of in-person Advances and online synchronous and asynchronous engagement, cohorts critically discuss and probe course-related issues and topics with an eye toward their own ministry contexts.
Customized coursework with advisors
Students are paired with an individual Faculty Advisor who helps them develop and focus their areas of specialization in a series of 'customized courses'. Faculty advisors ensure the academic integrity of their students’ work and sharpen their critical thinking, writing, and source-documentation skills around their area of applied ministry interest.
Students participate in three face-to-face intensives (“Advances”) in Portland, OR, and Orcas Island, WA. Advance schedules will include sessions with Leonard Sweet, as well as time for the research course, connecting with other cohort members in person, and for engaging with their advisor around customized research interests. Learn more...
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