Missionary Houseparenting at New Song

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We are encouraged that you are interested in finding out more and exploring the possibility of houseparenting at New Song!

Houseparents serve as missionaries on campus, raising children in a gentle, caring way and helping the ministry in other important ways. Houseparents are tender and patient caregivers, Christ-like role models, educational supporters, and spiritual mentors. They provide structure and teach life principles and moral values that will help each child live to their highest, godly potential. Houseparents work as a part of a collaborative team and also help out with some ministry needs that are not directly related to houseparenting.

Houseparenting is a very demanding position that requires a great deal of flexibility. Houseparents must possess a number of specific personal qualities in order to effectively fulfill their role, and they must also have a close walk with the Lord so they can rely on the special strength, patience, and wisdom that only God can provide.

In addition, houseparents must enjoy being a part of a community since they will work collaboratively with other New Song houseparents, staff, teachers, and volunteers to facilitate the success of the entire ministry. Houseparents must have an “open house” mentality as other staff will visit the children in the houseparents’ home regularly, and tours of the home may occasionally be given to ministry supporters, volunteers, and other guests. 

Houseparents are not permitted to work off campus or conduct another business while working at New Song so that they can devote their full attention, energy, and time to the children and the ministry. They are provided with room, board, health care contributions, a bi-weekly salary, and the means to care for the children placed in their home. We care deeply about our houseparents and do our very best to support and nurture them.

Houseparent Qualifications

Some of the general houseparent qualifications/requirements include:

  • A heart for at-risk children and youthWoman and boy walking outside

  • The ability to love, nurture, and equip small groups of children

  • Personal characteristics such as empathy and patience that will help foster positive relationships with children

  • Experience and enjoyment in working with children and youth

  • An understanding of child development, as well as the emotional needs and behavioral issues of at-risk kids

  • A firm commitment to the children's academic success

  • An appreciation of teamwork and living in an open campus community which includes interactions with other New Song staff, donors, counselors and others

  • A personal, growing relationship with Christ Jesus and a significant heart for the Scriptures

  • Agreement with New Song Mission's Statement of Faith (available upon request)

  • A desire to help children experience the love and grace of God

  • It is preferred that a houseparent couple be married for two years or more

  • Due to the nature of the ministry, houseparent couples can have no more than three minor children

  • Houseparent couples should envision a commitment of three years or more, as we want the New Song children to grow up in a stable home and family.

Want to take the next step?

Here are some wonderful scriptures that relate to houseparenting:

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of the widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…" (Psalm 68:5-6)

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow…” (Deuteronomy 10:18)

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1:27)

Give children the opportunity to thrive!