Unless the Lord Builds the House . . .

Unless the Lord starts the church, the church planters labor in vain. 

Unless the Lord

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

Psalm 127:1

Unless the Lord . . . starts the church, the church planters labor in vain.

Unless the Lord:

. . . pastors the church, the pastors shepherd in vain.

. . . preaches, the preachers preach in vain.

. . . leads the small group, the leaders lead in vain

. . . makes his presence known in worship, the worship leaders sing in vain.

. . . welcomes people as they arrive, the greeters greet in vain.

. . . teaches the children, the teachers teach in vain.

. . . provides for the church, the financial team systematizes in vain.

. . . draws people, the advertisers and social marketers strategize in vain.

. . . meets the needs of the disenfranchised, the social activists advocate in vain.

. . . brings unity, those working for racial reconciliation labor in vain.

. . . speaks, the prophets prophesy in vain.

. . . guides, the spiritual directors direct in vain.. . .  pulls together volunteers, the team leaders organize in vain.

. . . preaches the Gospel, the evangelists evangelize in vain.

. . . writes the articles, the bloggers blog in vain.

. . . writes the books, the authors write in vain.

. . . writes the songs, the songwriters write in vain.

. . . podcasts, the podcasters record in vain.

. . . holds together, spouses fulfill their vows in vain.

. . . raises children, the parents parent in vain.

Unless the Lord . . .

This article originally appeared here, and is used by permission.

Rodger Otero
Rodger is the associate pastor of the Vineyard Church in Augusta, GA. He is a husband-father-musician-pastor just trying to figure this out as he goes. San Diego is the Motherland, but Augusta is Home. He riffs on formation, leadership, and being fully human.