We are encouraged that you are interested in finding out more and exploring the possibility of houseparenting at New Song!
Houseparents at New Song are committed Christ followers who are led by the Lord to care for vulnerable boys and girls. The Houseparenting role is a full-time residential position, where married husband and wife couples provide a safe, loving home to vulnerable children and live out their Christian values among them, leading lifestyles that model positive, godly character and a daily pursuit of Jesus. Houseparent couples must possess certain personal characteristics unique to this position that will help lead them to successfully fulfilling this extremely important calling.
Houseparents are a part of a broader ministry team, and they must be exceptional team players who have a genuine willingness to serve in areas outside of their normal houseparent roles to assist others on campus when the need arises. This includes helping in the classroom as needed, participating in community activities on campus, and welcoming others such as supporters or those touring the campus into their home with a hospitable, open-door mentality. Houseparents also assist with the ministry’s marketing, communications, and fundraising efforts in various ways.
Some of the characteristics of houseparent candidates include:
A heart for at-risk children and youth
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 vulnerable 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
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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!