Semiotics & Future Studies
At a Glance:
Doctor of Ministry - Semiotics and Future Studies Track
|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 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. The program utilizes a mentor-based, cohort-driven model that values relationship.
Learning OutcomesGraduates of the Semiotics and Future Studies Doctor of Ministry track will:
- demonstrate an advanced understanding and integration of ministry in relation to leadership and contemporary culture
- formulate a comprehensive and critical understanding of ministry informed by the application of semiotics and future studies
- develop and acquire skills and competencies in research methods, critical thinking, academic voice, and ministry application
- contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a doctoral-level project
- foster competencies in semiotic analysis/reading of the culture and anticipating trends for local ministry application
- engage with diverse cultural, religious, and linguistic contexts of ministry through a cross-cultural field experience
Online and Hybrid
The delivery system for the track utilizes a hybrid delivery model. Under the overall guidance and influence of Lead Mentor Len Sweet, students engage with their cohort in reading and in ongoing online discussions. 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.
Students also work independently with their assigned Faculty Advisor to engage in reading, research, and writing around their area of applied ministry interest.
The Lead Mentor 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
The Semiotics and Futures Studies DMin track organizes students into groups of 15-20 that journey together through the entire program. A new cohort launches in the Fall of each academic year. Cohorts meet annually at the face-to-face (F2F) 'Advance' experiences. By means of online synchronous and asynchronous engagement, 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 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. 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. Mentor, Faculty Advisor, instructor, and cohort-peer connections comprise the heart of the program.
Students participate in three face-to-face intensives (“Advances”) in Portland, OR, Cambridge, UK, and Orcas Island, WA. Advance schedules will include sessions with Lead Mentor 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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