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A Three-Legged Stool

A Three-Legged Stool

A few weeks ago, we shared the names of the upper school students who will serve in various roles as Prefects and Fellows for the next school year, our 2023-2024 Student Leadership. I had the chance to interview a few of them for the Head Fellow position. In each interview, I was impressed with the character of our students and the way they thoughtfully engaged in conversation as I learned more about each one, and I was reminded of the profound value of the Second Baptist School experience. At SBS, we strive to equip our students to think deeply, train our students to live biblically, and prepare our students to lead courageously. 

For decades, Christian educators have used the image of a three-legged stool to illustrate the sources of influence in Christian schools: family, church and school. When you think about a three-legged stool, remember that all three legs must be balanced and strong to create a stable place to rest. As parents, we must ask ourselves, “Have we built a stable stool for our children?”

The Three Legs:

  1. Family: A Christian home is where children can experience parents committed to their faith, model Christian values and teach them about God. John 14:23 says, “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them.’ ”
  2. Church: The second leg of the stool provides opportunities for children to worship and fellowship and engage in bible study to supplement and reinforce what they are learning at home with their parents. 
  3. School: The third leg should support parents in the education of their children according to God’s principles, teaching with a biblical worldview grounded in Christian values and beliefs.

My hope is that my children will develop an abiding love for Christ, a depth of character, and a thirst for knowledge during their time in our home, at this school, and at church. I pray that God uses me in partnership with the church and school to carry out the passion of SBS; to bring every student into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while equipping them to do with excellence that which God has called them to do.


Just like a tricycle has three wheels going in the same direction, a stable three-legged stool must have three equal legs to stand firm and not wobble. 

How to make a stable three-legged stool: The firmest foundation we can give our children is one where…

  • Home is ordered on God’s principles
  • Family regularly attends church
  • School provides an education rooted in the truth of God’s Word and not secular ideology