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 MyGeorgeFox. Heather Rainey becomes your primary contact person :
Heather Rainey

Heather Rainey

Program and Operations Coordinator 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:
    • LGP10 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 LGP10 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 MyGeorgeFox.
    • 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 707 Critical thinking and Research Methods (Class number: 2241)
      • DMIN 750 Identifying the Need / Problem / Opportunity (NPO) (Class number: 2240)
    • 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.
    • After you are enrolled in courses, complete the T4_Permis permission form:
      • In MyGeorgeFox, 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 MyGeorgeFox. 
  9. Purchase or borrow the books to read to use during the first semester listed below:
    • DMIN707: 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. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010.
      • Hargraves, Orin. CultureShock! London. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2008.
      • Meyer, Erin. The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business. New York City: PublicAffairs, 2014.
      • Nohria, Nitin, and Rakesh Khurana, eds. Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice. Kindle ed. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2010.
      • Parish, Shane and Rhiannon Beaubien. The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts. Kindle ed. Ontario: Latticework Publishing Inc., 2019.
      • Pink, Sarah. Doing Visual Ethnography. Kindle ed. London: Sage Publications, 2013.
        Sim, Stuart and Borin Van Loon. Introducing Critical Theory: A Graphic Guide. London: Icon Books Ltd, 2014.
      • Sullivan, Paul. The Secret History of Oxford. Stroud, Gloustershire: The History Press, 2013.
      • Tan, Terry. CultureShock! Great Britain. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2008.
      • Reading order: Hargraves and Tan, Sullivan, Meyer, Adler, Pink, Nohira and Khurana, Sim, Parish, Bayard
    • DMIN750: The following reference manual is to be utilized during the fall semester:
      • Nouwen, Henri J. M. Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life. 1st ed. New York: HarperOne, 2013.
      • Schulz, Kathryn. Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. 1st ed. New York: Ecco, 2010
      • Turabian, Kate L. et al, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 9th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018). ISBN: 978-0226430577 (pbk)
  10. 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. 2, 9, 16; Oct. 14, 21; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9.
  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, Project Faculty, and spend time with Lead Mentor and guest lecturers from the locality. 
      • Location: United Kingdom
      • Date: Sept. 24-Oct. 3, departing Oct. 3, 2019
      • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted as a part of the Advance Fee. 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. 24, 2019 by 5pm: Arrive at the hotel.
      • Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at 9pm: Advance officially concludes. Students may depart anytime Thursday, Oct. 3 or later.
    • Family members over 18 years of age 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. 2, 2019