Preparing for the First Semester

Once you have completed the application process and have been accepted into the Semiotics, Church and Culture 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

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

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

Review the Disability & Accessibility Services Office website.
If you want to learn about requesting accommodations for a disability, be aware that the face-to-face intensives may include a variety of physical activities, viewing and listening to field presentations, eating local foods, etc.
Review the Important Dates page.
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.
Join the Cohort Facebook Group.

SCC20 DMin Cohort Facebook Group. This Facebook group will become an integral part of your learning community for announcements, reading lists, travel suggestions, and prayer requests. 

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:
  • Follow the 'How to Enroll in a Course in MyGeorgeFox' pdf for registration instructions using the courses listed below:
    • DMIN 709: Introduction to Biblical, Ecclesial, and Cultural Semiotics (Class number: TBD) 
    • DMIN 750 Identifying the Need / Problem / Opportunity (NPO) (Class number: TBD)
  • To check that you have properly registered, click on the 'Manage Classes' tile, then 'View My Classes' to review your schedule.
  • Following enrollment, click the "Tasks" tile and complete any "To Do's" listed.
  • Note: This registration will generate a tuition bill. For questions about payment options, see the Student Accounts FAQ
Required books for the first semester:
  • DMIN709
    • TBD  
    • Reading order
  • DMIN750
    • Nouwen, Henri J. M. Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life. New York: HarperOne, 2013.
    • Schulz, Kathryn. Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. 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)
Calendar dates for weekly live chats via the Zoom video-conferencing platform.
  • The SCC20 cohort meets Mondays at 6 a.m. (PST/PDT), unless otherwise noted.
  • Dates: Aug. 30, etc.
Log into Canvas, Google Classroom, and George Fox Email before the semester begins.
It sometimes takes a few days to initialize user accounts. By logging in early, you ensure a seamless learning experience once the semester begins. You use the same username and password as you use for MyGeorgeFox.
  • Canvas: This is the course management system that will house all of your DMin courses.
  • Google Classroom: This is the online platform where you will journey through the Project Portfolio with your Project Faculty and peer group for three years.
  • George Fox Google Apps: This includes email service, document storage, and Google applications for all students, faculty and staff at George Fox University.
Blockout dates for the online Program and Project Portfolio Orientation 
  • Dates: Tuesday, Aug. 31 - Thursday, Sept. 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT
  • Students will meet online in Zoom. 
  • Students will be oriented to the program, the Project Portfolio process, meet their cohort, their peer group, and their Project Faculty.
Prepare for the first face-to-face intensive ("Advance") in Portland, Oregon.
  • The first Advance for the cohort is Sept. 7-10, 2021.
  • Complete the Complete the Dietary and Rooming Survey in preparation for the first face-to-face intensive.

  • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted as a part of the fee for the face-to-face intensive. Wireless internet connectivity will be available. Students are responsible for all air-travel and local transport (taxi, bus, etc) for all advances.
Begin coursework on Canvas and Google Classroom on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.
  • Access the first semester site on the Canvas Dashboard
  • If you do not know your username or password, contact the IT Service Desk: