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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. Join the LGP DMin Cohort Facebook Group site to begin connecting with other students:

    • LGP8 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 LGP8 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. If you do, confirm the expiration date is at least 6 months after the Advance.

  4. Obtain visitor's Visa for the upcoming advance location (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:

      • Email:

      • Phone: 1-503-554-2569 or 1-800-765-4369

    • 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 in July-August, when the DMin Department notifies you in your Facebook group that registration is open:

      • Go to and log in with your George Fox username and password.

      • 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 G8: Introduction to Research Resources (Class number: 2191)

        • DMIN 716 G8: Customized Course I (Class number: 2223)

        • DMIN 717 G8: Engaging Leadership Concepts - Global Concerns in Historical Perspective (Class number: 2217)

      • 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 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
  6. Log into the Google course site and George Fox Google E-mail once before the fall semester begins. You use the same username and password as you use for MyGFU.

  7. 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: The following texts are to be read during the fall semester, in this order:

      • 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):

      • Adler, Mortimer Jerome, and Charles Lincoln Doren. How to Read a Book. Kindle ed.
        New York: Touchstone, 2011.

      • Bayard, Pierre. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. Kindle ed. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2010.

      • Elder, Linda, and Richard Paul. The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools. Kindle ed. Tomales, CA: The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2009.

      • Elliott, Anthony. Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction. Kindle ed. New York: Routledge, 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.

      • Lowney, Chris. Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World. Kindle ed. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2003.

      • Nohria, Nitin, and Rakesh Khurana, eds. Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice. Kindle ed. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2010.

      • Oden, Thomas C. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010.

      • Pink, Sarah. Doing Visual Ethnography. Kindle ed. London: Sage Publications, 2013.

      • Rowntree, Derek. Learn How to Study: Developing the Study Skills and Approaches to Learning that will Help you Succeed in University: A Virtual Tutorial with Professor Derek Rowntree. Kindle ed. Wappingers Falls, NY: Beekman Books, 1989.

      • Welsh, David. The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: From Racial Domination to Majority Rule. Johannesburg, SA: Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2010.

      • Reading order: Oden, Welsh, Adler, Pink, Bayard, Rowntree, Elder, Lowney, Elliott, Grenz, and Nohria.
  8. Be sure to to be available for weekly synchronous chats on the following dates, generally Mondays, at 3-4pm BST/GMT (British Summer Time/Greenwich Mean Time), unless noted otherwise:

      • Mon, Sept. 4, 11, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4, 11.

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

  10. 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 Lead Mentor Jason Clark and guest lecturers from the participating schools or from the locality.  

      • Location: Cape Town, South Africa

      • Date: Sept. 19-27, 2017

      • 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.

      • LGP DMin Orientation Advance schedule

    • Please make travel arrangements within the parameters specified below:

      • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 by 5pm: Arrive at the hotel.

      • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 @ 9pm: Advance officially concludes. Students may depart anytime Thursday, Sept. 28 or later.

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

  11. Log into FoxTALE and Google sites and begin course work on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.