LGP Stories

Personal Stories from DMINLGP

Liz Linssen – Year in review blog post

April 11, 2016 | no responses

Chartering the Waters of a Doctorate of Ministry

Three years ago I felt the Lord impress on me the need to do a Doctorate of Ministry course, something I had not at all expected to pursue. So began my quest to find a quality course that fulfilled the following personal criteria:

  • A college with a positive attitude towards women in ministry
  • An openness to various theological backgrounds
  • Affordable and professional

George Fox Seminary fulfilled each of these and so in September 2013, I set sail on my quest to begin my journey of pursuing a D.Min. The following is a summary of the benefits I have encountered in this great adventure. (more…)

The Triple-S Forces of a DMin Program – Year-in-Review Story

February 12, 2016 | no responses

It does not seem that long ago when I sat in an entirely empty house doing my first online chat that fateful day of September 2013. We had just bought our first home in Florida after transplanting to the Sunshine state the previous summer. We had fully moved all of our belongings the week before. Due to the delay in connecting of our internet I had to return to our rent house with a TV dinner tray, a folding chair, and my computer. Thus began my matriculation into a doctoral program with George Fox University. (more…)

That Was Fast! – 2 Years in Review

January 28, 2016 | no responses

I know that time doesn’t move faster and can’t move faster, but these two years have gone by very quickly. While the schedule has been intense, it has not been burdensome. As a full-time lead pastor with a family and all the responsibilities that both require, this LGP program has been grafted into my life, enriching, expanding and enhancing at every turn of a page and a calendar. (more…)

Living the Dream: Lessons and Life of A Doctoral Student

January 18, 2016 | no responses

What had I gotten myself into? I must have been crazy to think I could do a doctoral program. What was I thinking? Now two years into the program, I am actually within reach of a doctorate degree. How was it even possible to achieve this longed held dreamed? (more…)

David Young – Year in Review

December 16, 2015 | no responses

I brought a frustrating issue into the program that surfaced early and almost derailed me. My starting perspective was “this program is great – it will push me to grow professionally!” Like most mid-career pastors, I had lost ministry passion and focus. However, from the beginning of the program, I was asked about what I would research. Research? Really? I’m a practitioner not an academic. Okay, I knew I had to write a dissertation eventually but can’t we put that off a couple of years? The obvious answer was “no”—even in our orientation we saw how the program was built to produce the dissertation. Right from the beginning we had to wrestle with research. Intensifying my self-doubt surrounding doing scholarly work was the additional angst that came from my resource-deprived and obscure field of research (the international church’s role with God’s diaspora). These two pressures tempted me to drop the program early. But today, with a year behind me, I’m confident I’ll continue to completion. What’s changed? Where did the fresh confidence come from? I’ll offer three sources of personal growth. (more…)

Hong Kong VE Assignment

December 2, 2015 | no responses

Hong Kong VE Assignment


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I started my journey to Hong Kong with a detour through Nanning to visit my Uncle. My Uncle Mike is a rogue American that has made China his home for 10+ years. My time with him was fascinating. I got to meet his Chinese family, we talked economics, religion, and toured many of the local places of interest. (more…)

The Agency of Voice

December 2, 2015 | no responses

Hong Kong skyline

“So how was Hong Kong, Mary?” When people ask that inevitable question, I’ve struggled to find an answer that is unique to Hong Kong.  The iconic skyscrapers set the city apart from most other places; the price of square footage for a flat seems outlandish; and even though there are crowds of people, those who live in Hong Kong are kind, helpful, and hospitable. However, after traveling in a few different countries over the years, I find Hong Kong’s impact similar to other places: a satiated curiosity as I listen to another language and/or accent; a greater confidence as I learn my way around an unknown territory without an initial sense of geographic reference; and that scary yet welcomed disorientation in an effort to adapt to another culture with an acute sense of “I’m different yet the same.” (more…)

I Feel Compelled

December 2, 2015 | no responses


In light of my ministry context, I have been looking for a doctoral program that could provide me with three things: deeper studies in leadership dynamics in the context of globalization, a program that would not only emphasize knowledge but community, and interaction with a broader body of Christians outside my denominational circles. When I left Dallas to meet my cohort in Hong Kong, I did not know what to expect.   In many ways I was leaving my comfort zone to start a new journey in my life, and I hoped that I would not end up regretting it. This trip was going to be the moment of truth—Would this program fit my ministry needs? (more…)

Come Fly with Me

December 2, 2015 | no responses

VE Hong Kong   (please press “VE Hong Kong” to preview) (more…)

Visual Ethnography Hong Kong Kevin Norwood /Stills

December 2, 2015 | one response


Landing in Hong Kong brought many surprises. One of them was that everything was clearly marked in English. (more…)

Hong Kong: A City of Contrasts

December 2, 2015 | no responses

As I arrived in Hong Kong, I was not quite sure what to expect.  While I understood it was where East met West, I questioned how that would play out within the life of the city.  Would it be more West than East or the converse?  Once I saw the stunning views and the immensity of the city, I found that it would be equally East and West. (more…)

Hong Kong Advance: A Phenomenal Experience

December 2, 2015 | no responses

Hong Kong Advance: A Phenomenal Experience

Personal Interests

My participation in the George Fox Evangelical Seminary 2015 Advance in Hong Kong was a very unique and rich experience, enhanced by preparatory reading/discussion assignments before arrival.  The experiential factors involved using all my sensory and mental faculties to take in Hong Kong society  in order to know and understand the culture better. The Advance agenda was played out in the midst of this learning process which entailed: daily worship service in chapel, guidance and support sessions by Seminary faculty leaders, education through the various field encounters and guest speakers, presentations by Seminary advisors on excellence in Christian leadership, academic research perspectives through the presentations of the dissertation students, building relationships and general camaraderie, and discovering ways to engage the Hong Kong culture. (more…)

Seeing, Hearing, and Conceiving – Year One Review

November 26, 2015 | no responses

Seeing, Hearing, and Conceiving 

9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”[d] 10 But[e] it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.[1]  1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NLT)

The Leadership and Global Perspectives doctorate of ministry has been the paramount experience of the last year in my life. Far beyond what I hoped to see, hear and be able to conceive, have been the effects of this program on my heart, soul, and mind. Three words encapsulate my experience best—expansion, accuracy, and passion.


Perspective Shake

November 21, 2015 | no responses

HKquakeIt pretty much hit in a single moment. We were in the lecture hall at HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong, when the quake occurred.  Dr. Philip Wickeri, our guest presenter stated, “If I were to generalize the state of Christianity across China, I would have to conclude it is pretty good. And if you were to ask me how I felt about Christianity’s future across China, I would have to say I am quite optimistic.”  In that moment I registered a seismic shift in my global perspective of Christianity.  What shook me most about his statement and Dr. Wickeri’s generalization about Christianity across China, was how diametrically opposed his assessment was to my global view upon arriving in China. (more…)

Nick Martineau – Year In Review

November 12, 2015 | no responses

I knew that starting the LGP program would be life changing but I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew going back to school meant reading more books, writing papers, and having teachers issue grades. However, I was surprised to find out just how personable and accessible all the advisors and lead mentor have been. I was surprised to find colleagues becoming friends, I’ve been surprised at just how practical the readings/teachings have been to my personal ministry, and I’ve been surprised at how this program has impacted my heart and deepened my relationship with the Father. (more…)