Preparing for the First Semester

Once you have completed the application process and have been accepted into Leadership and Spiritual Formation 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 Program

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 and access the FoxTALE course site to begin course work. As soon as you are accepted into the program, follow the steps listed below to complete these tasks:

  1. Join the LSF DMin Cohort Facebook Group site to begin connecting with other students:
    • LSF P 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 at the top of the page, click on the word, "Notifications," at right.
      • Ensure that "All Posts" is selected.
    • You can post directly to the LSF P 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. 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":
        • DMIN 711 SP: Spirituality and the Personality (Class number: 1457)
        • DMIN 712 SP: Spiritual Formation in the Leader (Class number: 1458)
        • DMIN 713 SP: Introduction to Research and Resources (Class number: 1318)
        • DMIN 714 SP: The History and Theology of Christian Spirituality (Class number: 1460)
      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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
    • DMIN 711 Spirituality and the Personality:
      • Rath, Tom. StrengthsFinder 2.0. New York: Gallup Press, 2007.
      • Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2006.
      • Thomas, Gary. Sacred Pathways. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.
    • DMIN 712 Spiritual Formation in the Leader:
      • Barton, Ruth Haley. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006.
      • Benner, David G. Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos Press, 2012.
      • Brueggemann, Walter. Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.
      • Nouwen, Henri. The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. New York: Image, 1992.
      • Oswald, Roy M., Otto Kroeger, and Alban Institute. Personality Type and Religious Leadership. Washington, DC: Alban Institute, 1988.
    • DMIN 713 Introduction to Research and Resources:
      • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 0226816389 (pbk)
    • DMIN 714 The History and Theology of Christian Spirituality:
      • Williams, Rowan. Wound of Knowledge: Christian Spirituality from the New Testament to St. John of the Cross. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1991.
      • Tyson, John R. ed. Invitation to Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Anthology. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 1999.
      Be sure to to be available for synchronous chats on the following dates, generally Tuesdays, 9-10am (PDT/PST, Pacific Daylight/Standard Time, US):
      • Sep. 02
      • Sep. 09
      • Sep. 16
      • Sep. 23
      • Sep. 30
      • Oct. 07
      • Oct. 14
      • Nov. 04
      • Nov. 11
      • Nov. 18
      • Nov. 25
      • Dec. 02
      • Dec. 09
  5. Prepare for first retreat:
  6. Access FoxTALE first semester website and begin course work on Monday, Sep. 1, 2014.

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