Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics, Church, and Culture


At Portland Seminary, we are all about relationships. We gather to exchange ideas, ponder the depths of Scripture together, and simply catch up with one another. To that end, we organize face-to-face intensives (“Advances”) as part of the Semiotics, Church, and Culture Doctor of Ministry program.

These gatherings, held in three different locations over two years, are central to the learning experience in the program. Students connect with cohort members, explore their research with their project faculty, and engage in lectures with their lead mentor, Dr. Leonard Sweet.


You will participate in three Advances during the program:

What to Expect

Though we make every effort to accommodate student needs, please be aware that in international settings we cannot ensure meaningful access for qualified students with physical, dietary, psychological, attentional or learning-based disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.