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Preparing for the First Semester

After completing the application and admissions process for the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program, students may begin to prepare for the first semester of study.

Gaining 'Student' Status at Portland Seminary

Follow the Application Process to apply to officially become a student at Portland Seminary. This process includes the following:

  • Apply for one of the DMin tracks
  • Be officially accepted into the DMin program
  • Pay the $200 enrollment deposit

Status as a student allows access to the registration, academics, and directory tabs in MyGFU. 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

Following acceptance into the program, preparation for the first semester includes the following tasks:

  1. Please review the Disability Services Office (DSO) website if you want to learn about requesting accommodations for a disability. Be aware that Advances may include a variety of physical activities, viewing and listening to field presentations, eating local foods, etc.

  2. Be sure to review the Important Dates page to coordinate the program travel dates, weekly synchronous chat times, and academic rhythms with your life commitments and calendars.
  3. Join the LGP DMin Cohort Facebook Group site to begin connecting with other students:

    • LGP9 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 "Notifications" button.

      • Ensure that "All Posts" is selected.

    • You can post directly to the LGP9 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Obtain a passport, if you do not have one. If you do, confirm the expiration date is at least 6 months after the Advance.

  6. Obtain visitor's visa for the upcoming advance location (if needed, check with your country of citizenship).

  7. Register for your first semester courses.

    • Go to and log in with your George Fox username and password. Learn more about MyGFU.

    • If you do not know your username or password, contact the IT Service Desk:

    • Select "Self Service" > "Student Center" > "Enroll"

    • 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 713 G09: Introduction to Research Resources (Class number: TBD)

      • DMIN 716 G09: Customized Course I (Class number: TBD)

      • DMIN 717 G09: Engaging Leadership Concepts - Global Concerns in Historical Perspective (Class number: TBD) 

    • 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.

    • Click the "Finish Enrolling" button. You will see a confirmation message that the class has been added to your schedule.

    • 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 George Fox username and password.

    • Complete the T4_Permis permission form:

      • In MyGFU , go to Self Service > Campus Finances > Go to View Student Permissions

      • Click Grant Permissions

      • Review the description of the regulations for the T4_Permis permission and click Next

      • Read the agreement, mark the checkbox, and click Submit

      • Once you have enabled the permission it will remain intact for the duration of your GFU career, or until you rescind the permission in person with Student Accounts. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please email

  8. Log into FoxTALE and George Fox Google Email before the fall semester begins. You use the same username and password as you use for MyGFU. 

  9. Purchase or borrow the books to read to use during the first semester listed below:

    • DMIN713: The following reference manual is to be utilized during the fall semester:

      • 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 (listed in alphabetical order):

      • TBD

      • Reading order: 
  10. Be sure to to be available for weekly synchronous chats on the following dates, generally Mondays, at 4-5pm BST/GMT (British Summer Time/Greenwich Mean Time), unless noted otherwise:

      • Mon, Sept. 3 and following

  11. Complete the following "Ramp up" assignments in preparation for the first advance:

  12. 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, faculty advisors, and spend time with Lead Mentor and guest lecturers from the participating schools or from the locality.  

      • Location: Hong Kong

      • Date: Sept. 25-Oct. 3, departing Oct. 4, 2018

      • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted. Wireless internet connectivity will be available. Students are responsible for all air-travel and local transport (taxi, bus, etc) for all advances.

      • LGP DMin Orientation Advance schedule

    • Please make travel arrangements within the parameters specified below:

      • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 by 5pm: Arrive at the hotel.

      • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at 9pm: Advance officially concludes. Students may depart anytime Thursday, Oct. 4 or later.

    • Family members are welcome to attend the Advance for an additional fee. See the Orientation Advance schedule above for details.

  13. Log into FoxTALE and Google sites and begin course work on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.