The Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin face-to-face intensives in the hybrid learning environment are called “Advances”. These face-to-face intensives serve as a central learning experience in the program in which students will study and have experiences that ignite their imaginations, push the boundaries of their thinking, and network them with other leaders. The ultimate goal of each international Advance is to enable students to better lead in their own contexts.
Through a combination of academic seminars and field trips, students interact in-person with scholars and leaders from local churches, businesses, faith-based nonprofit organizations, government, and other entities engaged in significant ministry efforts. Students also meet with their advisors and research course instructors to discuss their customized research. Second and third-year students and advisors present their research to the entire learning community.
Students participate in three Advances during the coursework phase of the program:
Orientation Advance (beginning of the first year of the program)
Second Advance (beginning of the second year)
- Final Advance (beginning of the third year)
Collaborating with local institutions, George Fox Evangelical Seminary hosts the Advances in a variety of dynamic global venues. Future locations include:
2015: Hong Kong
2016: Auckland, New Zealand (tentative)
2017: Cape Town, South Africa (tentative)
Past venues include:
2014: Cape Town, South Africa, in collaboration with Mission Vision Tours South Africa
2012: Seoul, South Korea in collaboration with Presbyterian College & Seminary, Seoul, South Korea (Video recap).
2011: Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa and Mek'ele, Ethiopia, in collaboration with Africa International University, Nairobi, Children's HopeChest, Addis Ababa, and Saint Frumentius Abba Selama Kessata Birhan theological college, Mek'ele, Ethiopia.
- 2010: Oxford and London, UK, Erlangen/Nuremberg, Germany, in collaboration with London School of Theology (LST), Ripon College, Oxford, UK, ELIA Church, Erlangen, Germany.
All active cohorts and advisors participate in each Advance. Alumni and spouses are always welcome 'at cost'.
Advances occur in late September - early October, depending on the year.
Advances last six days and run from mid-week to mid-week. The newest cohort arrives at the host location two days early for program orientation.
Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted. Wireless internet connectivity is available when possible. Students are responsible for all air travel and local transport (car rental, taxi, etc), Visas, vaccinations, and expenses associated with guests.