Prayer for School Administrators for Encouragement and Blessing

This Prayer for School Administrators for Encouragement and Blessing can be used by groups or individuals to thank God for those who lead our schools and to ask God’s help and blessings on their efforts to make our schools safe and caring places of education.   It can be used at the beginning of a new school year or any time you wish to support your local school administrators.

Prayer for School Administrators for Encouragement and Blessing

Dear God, we come to you today asking your blessing on our school administrators.  Thank you that they have answered the call to lead our teachers and schools so that our children might learn in a safe and nurturing environment conducive to academic and personal success.

Bless our school administrators with wisdom, integrity, a sense of humor, patience and the physical and mental energy equal to their tasks.  Bless them with strong support from parents, teachers and the community.

Enable and empower our administrators to act as encouragers for our teachers, parents and students.  May they be approachable, friendly and professional as they support our teachers.  Give them insights into each teacher’s unique gifts, strengths and abilities so that they might engage each teacher in roles that contribute to the common good.

We pray for patience and wisdom for our administrators when complaints arise from parents.  Give them the grace to listen.  We pray for parents that they will be reasonable and willing to listen .  We pray that parents will first communicate with their child’s teacher before escalating their complaint.  Make parents aware that the school is working in the best interest of all as they seek practical solutions to improve the situation.

When tragedy strikes in the school community, such as the death of a student or a natural disaster, help our administrators to be instruments of comfort and stability, bringing the faculty and school community together in ways that will allow your caring presence to be known and shown in healing ways.

We pray for our school administrator’s role in keeping our school campuses safe from violence, threats and bullying.  May your protecting angels surround them and our schools.

We pray that our school administrators may have wisdom and discernment as they deal with discipline problems.  Give them the information necessary about the special needs of individual students so they can decide the best course of action that will keep the classroom safe, orderly and stress free and at the same time help the disorderly student grow in their ability to develop appropriate behavior and coping skills.  And when outside resources are needed such as psychological help or special accommodations, we pray that they may be readily available to our administrators.

As we pray, we are aware that being a school administrator can be a lonely and difficult job.  Please send them encouragers and relieve them of demanding workloads that prevent them from having quality family and personal time.  Show them healthy ways to relieve stress and ways to stay active physically.  Help them feel loved and accepted by You in their most difficult professional and personal times.

Reward our school administrators by allowing them see the fruits of their labor displayed in the success of their teachers and students.  Give our school administrators joy in seeing their school become a central part of the greater community, a place that has a family feel.

Accept our prayer today as an expression of our gratefulness to you and to them for their dedication in making our schools a central and vital part of our community. Amen

About this prayer for school administrators

I wrote this prayer when the prayer committee at our church decided to send a personal note of prayerful support to our school administrators.  The leader of our group looked up schools near us and we were surprised to find that there were more than 30 public and private schools within 15 miles of our church!   We calculated that there were at least 80 school administrators.  At the end of this article I’ve included a shorter prayer for school administrators which we used in our notes to the local administrators.

In order to write this prayer, I chatted with someone who had recently retired from a career in education which included 13 years as a classroom teacher and then 17 years as a school administrator.

As we spoke, she helped me gain many new insights into the role that our school administrators play.  They are not only responsible for the administration of the school but also are responsible for the encouragement of the teachers and students to create a good environment for learning.

My friend pointed out that many students come from home lives that are lacking in some way.  On all socio-economic levels there are students who for one reason or another do not receive the nurturing, support or care they need to thrive educationally or emotionally.  She emphasized that she always tried to make the classroom “the happiest place they can be” because she says, “You cannot learn unless you’re in a good, safe environment.”

She also emphasized how important it is for administrators to be there for the teachers and to roll up their sleeves to help teachers during times of high stress and work load, such as the beginning of school.   Administrators are also tasked with team building and making sure that grade level groups work well together.

She pointed out that often school administrators job requires many extra hours of work each week, going well beyond the first and last bell.  She explained that administrators often have meetings and conferences after hours and stay late to finish paperwork.  They also have to wade through directives from the school district and focus on the ones that will best work for their unique school population.

In today’s environment, school administrators also are charged with the daunting task of making sure there are adequate security measures to keep children and staff safe and prevent violence on school campuses.

She shared that being a school administrator is a hard job that can sometimes be lonely.  Circumstance can make you feel isolated, like you’re on an island.  For this reason, it’s important to pray for our school administrators as they lead our schools.

Short version of the Prayer for School Administrators

This short version of the Prayer for School Administrators was used by our church prayer group in cards to our local school administrators.    

Dear God, we come to you today asking your blessing on our school administrators.  Thank you that they have answered the call to lead our teachers and schools so that our children might learn in a safe and nurturing environment conducive to academic and personal success.

Bless our school administrators with wisdom, integrity, a sense of humor, patience and the physical and mental energy equal to their tasks.  Bless them with strong support from parents, teachers and the community.

Give them insights into each teacher’s unique gifts, strengths and abilities so that they might use each teacher in ways that contribute greatly to the common good. Reward them by allowing them see the fruits of their labor displayed in the success of their teachers and students.  Accept our prayer today as an expression of our gratefulness to you and to them for their dedication in making our schools a central and vital part of our community.

Amen

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