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Preparing for the First Semester

Once you have completed the Application Process and have been accepted into the Semiotics and Future Studies 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 Portlandl 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 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

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

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

    • SFS16 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 SFS16 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. Follow Len Sweet on Twitter.

    • Len will use Twitter as a part of the program and expects his students to become conversant with Twitter as well.

    • Create a Twitter account (if you do not already have one) here:

    • Follow @LenSweet

  3. 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 E16: Introduction to Research Resources (Class number: 2187)

        • DMIN 716 E16: Customized Course I (Class number: 2220)

        • DMIN 717 E16: Engaging Leadership Concepts (Class number: 2216)

      • 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 FinancesGo 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

  4. Log into FoxTALE and George Fox Google Email before the fall semester begins. You use the same username and password as you use for MyGFU.

  5. 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, in this order:

      • Downing, Crystal. Changing Signs of Truth a Christian Introduction to the Semiotics of Communication. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012.
      • Geary, James. I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2011.
      • Harford, Tim. Messy: The Power of Disorder. New York: Riverhead Books, 2016.
      • Kelly, Kevin. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. New York: Viking Press, 2016.
      • Kreider, Alan. The Patient Ferment of the Early Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
      • Norberg, Johan. Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future. London: Oneworld Publications, 2016.
      • Sweet, Leonard. From Tablet to Table: Where Community Is Found and Identity Is Formed. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2014.
      • __________. Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who's Already There. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2010.
      • Reading order:  Downing, Geary, Sweet (Tablet), Harford, Kreider, Sweet (Nudge), Kelly, Norberg

  6. Be sure to to be available for weekly synchronous chats on the following dates, generally Mondays, at 9am EST/EDT(Eastern Standard Time/Eastern Daylight Time, USA) unless otherwise noted:

    • Dates: Monday, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11

  7. Complete the following "ramp up" assignments in preparation for the first advance:

  8. Attend the Orientation Advance:

    • The advances constitute a central learning experience in the SFS DMin program. Students participate in the research courses, connect with cohort members in person, and spend time with lead mentor, Len Sweet.

    • The first advance for the cohort is Sept. 4-8, 2017 in Portland, OR (tentative). For more information, see the Orientation Advance Schedule page.

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