Dorm Parents for Black Forest Academy

The Alliance is looking for a couple to care for teens attending a boarding school in Germany.

Posted on January 30, 2020


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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy/vocational track
  • Dorm parents at Black Forest Academy (BFA)
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple only

BFA exists to provide a quality, Christian education, primarily for children of IWs. A critical element of this education is dorm life. Dorm parents create a healthy and safe environment where high schoolers can grow, thrive, and be discipled. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in education, social work, or psychology
  • Experience raising children
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course or equivalent
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • A minimum Model Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Highly relational
  • Healthy marriage/family dynamics

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Managerial or team leadership experience
  • Experience living cross-culturally
  • Basic medical care experience
  • Passion for discipling teens
  • International Ministries clergy qualifications


  • Provide care and oversight for a dorm of high schoolers
  • Communicate with dorm students’ parents
  • Lead a small team of dorm staff
  • Relate well to other BFA staff and faculty

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall 2021. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

Kandern, Germany, is located in the southern Black Forest region near the borders of France and Switzerland. It is a popular vacation area that boasts beautiful forests, quaint villages, and easy access to a variety of cultural and historical venues in nearby Freiburg, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; and Mulhouse, France.

Work and Living Environment:

Dorm parents will live and work in one of the Black Forest Academy dorms in Kandern. Although dorm parents have their own private area within the dorm, they should be aware that they are living in a home with 20 teens. There are several Alliance IW families living in the community, and dorm parents are included in C&MA events.

Status of Christian Witness:

The majority of students and all BFA staff are followers of Jesus. An English-speaking church meets on the school grounds, and there are other opportunities for spiritual growth and nourishment as well. 

Language Expectations:

Though German language competencies are not required for this role, International Ministries hopes to provide opportunity for dorm parents to learn basic German.

Health Considerations:

There are excellent health-care options in the area, including local doctors, hospitals, and specialists.

Expectations for Spouse:

Both spouses will serve equally in this role.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Dorm parents who have school-age children may have them attend Black Forest Academy for grades 5–12. Elementary age children may attend a bi-lingual BFA partner school.


The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

Whole-Life Health

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These are assessed during the application process.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process.


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