Semiotics, Communication, & Spirit Hermeneutics
Doctor of Theology & Ministry Degree

Charter Class Staring January 2022

Students will experience an oxford-style

faculty mentor relationship with Len Sweet.


Leonard I. Sweet is an honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, having earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and PhD from the University of Rochester. The author of more than 200 articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than sixty books, Leonard Sweet’s publications include the best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, and Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are revolutionizing the church’s mission.

In 2006 and 2007, Sweet was voted by his peers “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” by Church Report Magazine, and in 2010, he was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians.” His popular podcast, “Napkin Scribbles,” is widely quoted, as is his homiletics resource, preachthestory.com.

Online | 36 Credits | Three Years

​​Seminar Experience - 12 credit hours
NS-SCSH-541    Foundations of Semiotics, Communications, & Spirit Hermeneutics


  • Regular ZOOM sessions to discuss the Readings

  • Orcas Advance: Context of Ministry


Project Experience - 12 credit hours
NS-SCSH-542    Deeper Discoveries within Semiotics, Communications, & Spirit Hermeneutics

  • Regular ZOOM sessions to define the Project

  • Oxford Advance: Presentation of the Project

Defense Experience - 12 credit hours
NS-SCSH-543    Expanding our Understanding of Semiotics, Communications,
                           & Spirit Hermeneutics

  • Regular ZOOM sessions to discuss your Project 

  • Orcas Advance: Defense of Doctoral Manuscript

Tuition: $600 per credit hour


  • Application - Waived

  • Enrollment - $300

  • Library        - Waived

  • Graduation - $300

  • 2022 Fee    - $300

Advance Costs:

Travel, Housing, and Meals at each Advance are the responsibility of the student.

Orcas Island, WA or Oxford England

Design Your Own Concentration


During the Project Experience students identify a specific area of ministry for in-depth research in consultation with Len.

During the Project Advance students present their research to their follow students and visiting faculty.

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.

For additional information contact:

Kevin Young, DMin
Semiotics DTM Program Coordinator