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Doctor of
Theology & Ministry



Semiotics, Communication, & Spirit Hermeneutics

Online | 36 Credits | Two Years

The Doctor of Theology & Ministry is an certified degree
of advanced study delivered in an accelerated format.


Students will experience an Oxford-style

faculty mentor relationship with Len Sweet.


Leonard Sweet is a Phi Beta Kappa who earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester/Crozer Divinity School and PhD from the University of Rochester. The author of more than 200 articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than seventy books, Sweet’s publications include best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, and Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes like Rings of Fire that are revolutionizing the church’s mission in the 21st century. Sweet has spent his academic life as Provost, Dean, Vice-President of Graduate Studies, President, and Chancellor of seminaries and universities. He now just works with doctoral students in the US and around the world.


One of the most sought-after speakers in North America, Sweet has been voted more than once by his peers as “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” and was once selected by the top non-English Christian website as a “Top 10 Influential Global Christian.” His podcast “Napkin Scribbles” is widely quoted, as is his homiletics resource, For the past three years, he has posted a weekly lectionary-based LenTalk on semiotics and Scripture to his YouTube Channel. 

Doctor of Theology & MInistry - Semiotics

can be completed in as little as two years



- Orcas Advance - January  2024

- Reading Course - Spring/Summer  2024

- Project Topic Discernment - Fall 2024



- Project Design - January 2025

- Oxford Advance - June 2025

- Project/Dissertation & Defense - Fall 2025

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Defense Advance with Len Sweet on Orcas Island

Publish Your Doctoral Project

​​​During the Project Experience, students will complete a Manuscript as their Doctoral Treatise Paper.

During the Defense Advance, students defend their Manuscript to their fellow students and visiting faculty.

Following a successful Defense, students will have the opportunity to publish their peer-reviewed Manuscripts.

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