Top 7 Bible Verses For School Principals To Study

Top 7 Bible Verses For School Principals To Study September 28, 2015

Here are 7 Bible verses for school principals to study.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

This Bible verse doesn’t guarantee a child will live a godly life if they are trained up in the ways of the Lord but you can be sure that if you don’t train up a child, they will depart from obedience as quickly as you can imagine.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Every one of us lacks wisdom in some areas of our lives but a school principle needs perhaps more wisdom than most in dealing with youth who are highly complex. They are going through gigantic emotional upheaval in the teen years and so it takes education, experience, and godly wisdom to learn how to deal with youth in the public schools.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

This was primarily written to parents but since principals govern the teachers in the public schools, this verse does seem appropriate for the school principals. We are to model for them what it looks like in living a respectful life of obedience. We are to treat others the way we wish to be treated.


Galatians 3:24 “So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.”

Just as parents are legal guardians of their children, teachers and school principals are guardians of these same children that the parents entrust their care of them while in the public school. That is a lot of responsibility for sure. Schools have laws or rules that must be part of this guardianship while the children are in the public schools.

James 3:1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”

This was not written about public school teachers but about teachers in the church, but even so, anyone who desires to teach children or be a principle of teachers and children will be held to a higher standard and subject to greater strictness in duties such as these. Since these responsibilities are so much greater because of the children and the teachers that are in the classrooms, they should count the cost and be sure if they understand such a great responsibility this is. This is not like any other secular job.

Romans 13:1-2 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

There is every necessity to follow what the school boards and administration lay down as governing rules and regulatory laws. These laws are established by God for the good of society and even principals are subject to them. Whoever is resisting these is actually resisting God by Whom all authority is distributed.

Romans 13:9c-10 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Perhaps there is no greater reason to do your job as a school principle than to love others as you do yourself. I’ve never had much problem loving myself but others, that’s a different matter. I should reverse this to loving others above myself as even Paul wrote “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Phil 2:3) and “others” in this case includes the children but also the teachers over whom you have responsibility. A love that is serving is a love that fulfills the law.


I respect teachers and principals so much. They have such a great opportunity but such a difficult task. They are overworked and underpaid but their rewards are unlike most professions as the children they help teach, shape, and mold for life are so much better off with them than without them and principals, you probably already understand how much more difficult that makes your job. When principals show respect toward the teachers in front of the students, they are modeling for the children what they themselves ought to show to their teachers and that is to show respect for them as well as for others.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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