Preparing for the First Semester

Once you have completed the application process and have been accepted into the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program, you may begin to prepare for your first semester of study.

Gaining "Student" Status at George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Once you have completed the following application tasks, you are officially a "student" at George Fox Evangelical Seminary:

  • Applied for one of the DMin tracks
  • Have been officially accepted into the DMin program
  • Paid your $200 enrollment deposit

If you have not completed the above tasks, go to the Application Process page to do so.

Your status as a student allows you to access the registration, academics, and directory tabs in MyGFU. Additionally, Heather Rainey becomes your primary contact person:

Heather Rainey

Heather Rainey

Administrative Assistant for the Doctor of Ministry programs

Office: 1-503-554-6162

Steps to prepare for the first semester

In order to prepare for the first semester of the program, you need to register for the first semester courses in MyGFU, attend the first advance, complete all ramp up work, and access the FoxTALE course site to begin coursework. As soon as you are accepted into the program, follow the steps listed below to complete these tasks:

  1. Join the LGP DMin Cohort Facebook Group site to begin connecting with other students:
    • LGP5 DMin Cohort Facebook Group. This facebook group will become an integral part of your learning community. In it will be posted announcements, reading lists, travel suggestions, and prayer requests. Regardless of your proficiency with facebook, please make it a point to join and participate in this group.
    • Your Facebook settings can be adjusted so that you receive updates from your cohort group directly to your email inbox. To enable this feature:
      • Navigate to your Facebook cohort group by clicking on the appropriate link above
      • Underneath the banner photo the top of the page, click on the word, "Notifications," at right.
      • Ensure that "All Posts" is selected.
    • You can post directly to the LGP5 Facebook group via email:
      Replying to an email from your Facebook group will generate a comment on that piece of content within the Facebook group.
  2. You may choose to begin to participate in the conversation right away at the "public" course site - Feel free to engage with any of the blog posts there that are being created by current LGP cohort members. 
  3. Obtain a passport, if you do not have one.
  4. Obtain visitor's visa for South Africa (if needed, check with your country of citizenship).
  5. Once the university has received the enrollment deposit, register for the first semester courses not later than Aug. 15.
    • Students register for all courses using MyGFU
    • If you do not know your username or password, contact the IT Service Desk:
    • Once you have paid your enrollment deposit and have received confirmation from the admissions office that you have been matriculated, register for the following fall semester courses after July 1:
      1. Go to and log in with your GFU username and password.
      2. Select "Self Service" > "Student Center" > "Enroll"
      3. Enter the course ID in the "Enter Class Number" field for each of the courses listed below and select "Enter" to add the course to your "Shopping Cart":
        1. DMIN 713 G5: Introduction to Research Resources (Class number: 1330)
        2. DMIN 716 G5: Customized Course I (Class number: 1484)
        3. DMIN 717 G5: Engaging Leadership Concepts - Global Concerns in Historical Perspective (Class number: 1489)
      4. Note:You are not registered until the class has been added to your schedule. To add the class to your schedule, click the "Proceed to Step 2 of 3" button.
      5. Click the "Finish Enrolling" button. You will see a confirmation message that the class has been added to your schedule.
      6. To check to make sure that you have properly registered, check your "My Class Schedule". You will see all of your classes and their status.
    • Fill out the Enrollment Confirmation Form after August 15. Log in using your GFU username and password.
  6. Log into FoxTALE, GFU Google E-mail, and FoxFiles once before the fall semester begins. You use the same username and password as you use for MyGFU.

Purchase or borrow the books to read and software to use during the first semester listed below. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials are listed in alphabetical order:

  • DMIN713:
    • Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013). ISBN: 0226816389 (pbk)
  • DMIN716:
    • Determined by the student in consultation with his/her Faculty Advisor.
  • DMIN717:
    • The following texts are to be read during the fall semester, in this order:
      • Bayard, Pierre. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2009.
      • Rowntree, Derek. Learn How to Study. London: Time Warner Paperbacks, 2002.
      • Pink, Sarah. Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, Media and Representation in Research. 2nd ed. London: SAGE, 2007.
      • ________. Doing Sensory Ethnography. London ; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2009.
      • Oosthuizen, Leon and Xola Skosana. Roads 2 Bridges. Paarl, South Africa: Emmaus Media, 2013.
      • Elder, Linda, and Richard Paul. The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools. Kindle ed. Tomales, CA: The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2009.
      • Grenz, Stanley J., and Roger E. Olson. Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God. Kindle ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.
      • Ford, David F. Theology: A Very Short Introduction. Kindle ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
      • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 5th ed. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
      • Elliott, Anthony. Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction. Kindle ed. New York: Routledge, 2009.
      • Nohria, Nitin, and Rakesh Khurana, eds. Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2010.
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  1. Complete the following "Ramp up" assignments in preparation for the first advance:
  2. Attend the Orientation Advance:
    • The advances constitute a central learning experience in the LGP DMin program. Students participate in the research courses, connect with cohort members in person, and spend time with Jason Clark and guest lectures from the participating schools or from the locality. The first advance for the cohort is Sep. 23-Oct. 1, 2014).
    • The Orientation Advance will be hosted at the following locations:
    • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted. Wireless internet connectivity will be available. Students are responsible for all air-travel and local transport (car rental, taxi, bus, etc) for all advances.
    • Please make travel arrangements within the parameters specified below:
      • Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014 by 6pm: Arrive at the hotel.
      • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 @ 9pm: Advance officially concludes. Students may depart anytime Thursday Oct. 2 or later.
    • Spouses are welcome to attend the Advance for an additional fee. See the Orientation Advance schedule above for details.
  3. Access GFU Google site module 01 website and begin coursework on Monday, Sep. 07, 2014.

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