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 Portland 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 MyGeorgeFox. Heather Rainey becomes your primary contact person:

Heather Rainey

Heather Rainey

Program and Operations Coordinator 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 MyGeorgeFox 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. Please review the Disability Services Office (DSO) website if you want to learn about requesting accommodations for a disability. Be aware that Retreats 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 LSF DMin Cohort Facebook Group site to begin connecting with other students:
    • LSF5 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.
    • 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 LSF5 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. Once you have paid your enrollment deposit and have received confirmation from the admissions office that you have been matriculated, register for first semester courses after the DMin Department notifies you in your facebook group that registration is open.
    • 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 708: Christian Formation and the Leader - The Interior World (Class number: 2245)
        • DMIN 750 Identifying the Need / Problem / Opportunity (NPO) (Class number: 2246)
      • 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
  5. 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.
  6. Purchase or borrow the books to read and software to use during the first semester listed below:
    • DMIN 708:
      • Braceland, Lawrence C. Aelred of Rievaulx: Spiritual Friendship. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2010.
      • 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
      • Lee, Kibeom and Michael C. Ashton. The H Factor of Personality. Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012.
      • 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, Lee & Ashton, Braceland, Schwartz, Moulton, Gonzales, Willard  [order can vary in final schedule].
    • DMIN 750: 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)
  7. 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. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10.
  8. Prepare for first retreat:
    • Fill out the Dietary and Rooming Information Survey.
    • The first retreat for the cohort is 5pm Mon, Oct. 14 - 9pm Mon, Oct. 21, departing anytime Tue, Oct. 22, 2019 at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center.
    • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted as a part of the Retreat Fee. Wireless internet connectivity will be available. Students are responsible for all air-travel and local transport (taxi, bus, etc) for all retreats.
    • Learn more about the LSF DMin Retreats.
  9. Log into FoxTALE and Google sites and begin course work on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.