George Fox University offers an online Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialization in Semiotics, Church & Culture. The program helps students gain a deeper understanding of signs, symbols, images, and stories of the Biblical times. The curriculum prepares leaders to decipher these symbols in a meaningful way to modern times. Students focus on applied semiotics which is the unpacking of cultural signs and symbols so that we can tell the story of Jesus in a compelling, convincing, and transformative way. You will learn how to recognize the signs of Jesus’ work in the world and proactively guide churches into the future, preparing to become a ministry leader that is actually from the real world of the Bible and able to read the ultimate sign, Jesus himself. Graduates will exegete metaphor and narratives, images and stories to build strong and lasting identities as followers of Jesus; anticipate important ministry trends so they can confidently lead; and produce projects and books that address challenges in their ministry context.
Students meet face-to-face for an academic retreat of 5-7 days three times throughout the program.
- MDiv degree or its 72 graduate semester hour educational equivalent in theology or ministry from an accredited institution
- Documentation of full-time participation in at least three years of ministry experience following the completion of the MDiv degree (or equivalent)
- Official transcripts
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
School Accreditation Statement
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities