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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 Portland 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. 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:
    • LSF3 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 LSF3 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 in July-August, when the DMin Department notifies you in your facebook group that registration is open:
      1. Go to and log in with your George Fox 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 710 S3: Christian Formation and the Leader - The Interior World (Class number: 2432)
        • DMIN 713 S3: Introduction to Research and Resources (Class number: 2192)
        • DMIN 716 S3: Customized Course I (Class number: 2222)
      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 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
  3. Log into FoxTALE and George Fox Google email 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 710 Christian Formation and the Leader - The Interior World:
      • Braceland, Lawrence C. Aelred of Rievaulx: Spiritual Friendship. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2010.

      • Brooks, David. The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, 11th ed. New York: Random House, 2011.

      • Friedman, Edwin H., and Margaret M. Treadwell. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. New York: Seabury Books, 2007.

      • Gonzales, Laurence. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death, 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2017.

      • O’Brien, Kevin F. The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Daily Life. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2011.

      • Oliver, Mary. Why I Wake Early: New Poems. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2004.

      • Moulton, Phillips, ed. The Journal and Major Essays of John Woolman. Friends United Press, 1989.

      • Riso, Don Richard, and Russ Hudson. The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types. New York: Bantam Books, 1999.

      • Rolheiser, Ronald. The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality. New York: Doubleday, 2nd ed. 2014.

      • Shigematsu, Ken. God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013.

      • Schwartz, Richard C. Internal Family Systems Therapy. New York: Guilford Press, 1995.

      • Willard, Dallas. Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ. Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress. 2002.

      • Reading Order: Mary Oliver and O’Brien Ignatian Adventure  - weekly engagement with Journey Partner; Rohlheiser, Shigematsu, Friedman, Riso, Braceland, Schwartz, Moulton, Brooks, Gonzales, Willard  
    • 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 716 Customized Course I:
      • Determined by students in conversation with their faculty advisors
  5. Be sure to to be available for weekly synchronous chats on the following dates, generally Tuesdays at 8am PST/PDT(Pacific Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Time, USA) unless otherwise noted:

    • Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12

  6. Prepare for first retreat:
  7. Log into FoxTALE and Google sites and begin course work on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.