Dorm Parents for Black Forest Academy

BFA exists to provide a quality, Christian education, primarily for children of IWs.

Posted on January 1, 2019


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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy/vocational track
  • Dorm parents at Black Forest Academy (BFA)
  • Funded
  • Couple only

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 2020. 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.


This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

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 has begun or is completed.


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