Course Work Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics, Church, and Culture

How will you apply your seminary education to practical needs in your ministry? Our project portfolio research sequence and mentor-taught courses will help you more clearly answer that question.

As a student in the Semiotics, Church, and Culture DMin program, you will take part in two parallel course sequences:

Project Portfolio Research Sequence

The six Project Portfolio research courses are designed to give you greater flexibility to engage in research and writing on a ministry Need, Problem, or Opportunity (NPO) of interest to you.

You will be assigned to a small peer group under the supervision of a faculty mentor who guides your research through a series of key milestones to generate the final portfolio.

Courses Taught by the Lead Mentor

Let Sweet in classDr. Len Sweet's courses are characterized by directed reading and cohort-based interaction. Following Dr. Sweet's lead, you will explore various aspects of applied semiotics and leadership in a fast-changing culture. His courses normally include the following elements:

  • Reading: Dr. Sweet provides a reading list and schedule of books, articles and websites for students to discuss.
  • Online discussions: Cohorts engage with one another in weekly online forums to discuss and analyze the assigned course materials.
  • Zoom Chat: Students meet once a week for a live video conference Monday mornings, Pacific Time. Dr. Sweet personally facilitates these discussions with the cohort.
  • Advances: As a part of DMIN 709, DMIN 729, and DMIN 829, students engage in face-to-face lectures with Dr. Sweet.

Curriculum Sequence

Year 1

Fall Semester (5 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 709 Introduction to Biblical, Ecclesial, and Cultural Semiotics (includes First Advance) 2
DMIN 750 Identifying the Need / Problem / Opportunity (NPO) 3

Spring Semester (6 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 719 Semiotics as a Change Agent in Preaching, Ministry, and Mission (Church and Culture) 2
DMIN 751 Exploring Current Literature Surrounding the NPO 4

Summer Semester (4 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 729 Re-Cognizing and Re-Signing Jesus in 21st Century Culture (includes Second Advance) 4

Year 2

Fall Semester (6 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 809 Global Church and Local Church 2
DMIN 850 Discovering Stakeholder Perspectives for addressing the NPO 4

Spring Semester (5 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 819 Cultivating Imagination and Innovation in Ministry and Mission 2
DMIN 851 Experimenting with Prototypes 3

Summer Semester (4 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 829 Semiotic Shifts: Perspectives on Changing Trends in Church and Culture (includes Final Advance) 4

Year 3

Fall Semester (4 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 950 Designing the Project 4

Spring Semester (4 hrs)

Course Credit Hours
DMIN 951 Assessment of the Project 4