Coach Dave Daubenmire
March 29, 2012
I have been on a roll with my last few commentaries. If my inbox is any indication then there are a lot of folks who have had it up to their ears with “church.”
They are not fed up with Jesus, just the way that organized religion represents Him to the world.
It has been invigorating, and humbling, to know that I have been able to articulate what so many others are feeling.
Writing a weekly commentary makes one feel very vulnerable. The number of folks who “lie in the weeds” ready to pounce on any miss-application of Scripture could cause one to be a bit apprehensive in expressing one’s views.
But I just write what I feel…not sure if it is the Holy Spirit or my gut…but I do the best to write it straight-forward, despite the assault that usually follows.
They accuse me of “church bashing,” of “sowing discord” in the body, and of criticizing “God’s anointed.” (I love to ask them if it is possible to be anointed to irritate the anointed. It stumps them every time.)
Leadership is most demonstrated by moving forward in the face of adversity. It is compromise and retreat that has put the American Church in the position it is in. Our tepid-leadership has not been up to the task. We have many “managers,” but not many “leaders.” Most pastors are more perplexed with “wild-fire” Christians than they are with the destructive exploits of the Evil One.
I wish you could read my emails. You wouldn’t believe some of the antics pastors have pulled on out-spoken Christians. They love to run off the non-compliant, calling them “goats,” while doing all they can to domesticate their compliant sheep.
Your affirmation of my diagnosis of the cause and effect of spiritual-lethargy has encouraged me to move forward.
I won’t sit silently and wait for others. It is time to get your butt into the game.
Over a decade ago I started Pass The Salt Ministries. A quick check of my website would show that “PASS THE SALT is committed to bringing together the body of Christ across denominational, racial, and economical borders to demonstrate to America the power of Biblical unity. Our vision is to unite, organize, and mobilize the Army of God to be SALT and Light as stated in MATTHEW 5:13.” That mission statement is over a decade old. I have never wavered in my hunt for Godly Men.
When I first started I was long on zeal and short on wisdom. I am a lot wiser today, and I have the battle scars to prove it. But it is funny, you know. Most of my wounding has come from “friendly-fire.” It is not the god-haters that have crippled my efforts, but the “wounds of a friend.” Jesus warned us, “Your enemies shall be those of your own household.” Amen to that.
Pastors are the best fire-fighters. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen them hoist their leg and squirt all over some “wild-fire” that was beginning to heat-up. If it wasn’t “their idea,” or if there was a possibility that they couldn’t control it, they would have no trouble emptying their bladder all over another man’s calling.
(Can anyone out there say “Amen”?)
Pastors are called to “equip the saints, for the work of the ministry.” Most are only looking for those who can help build the pastor’s ministry. If there is nothing in it for the pastor or “his” church it is very hard for another man’s vision to get traction. The pastor is the one who has been anointed…remember? Just fall in line and “baa” on command. He is best equipped to determine if your calling is legitimate.
My entire life has been spent engaged in competition. When my playing days were over, I used my experience as a player to “train and equip” others for successful endeavors on the athletic field. In all my years as a coach I never personally scored a touchdown, caught a pass, or threw a pass. But my success as a coach was determined by my ability to get the ball in the hands of the players who could, and “coaching” them to develop their skill set to be most effective in those endeavors.
Our pastors have never figured it out. They want to pass the ball…and catch the ball…and run with the ball…while everyone sits on the bench and cheers them on. Life is a team sport, played by individuals…one body, many members…and helping each individual develop his skills to his full capacity gives the team the greatest opportunity for success.
You judge a coach by the performance of his team…not a team by the performance of the coach. Playing the game is far more rewarding than watching it. It is time for men of God to get in the game.
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I stepped out and launched our first Spiritual Boot Camp. “Let the Sparks Fly.” (View the 2 min video here). I knew that the land was full of manly Christians who were tired of sitting on the bench. So I set out on a journey to find them.
In less than a month our first Boot Camp was filled. Men are travelling from Florida, Missouri, Maine, and North Carolina because of their hunger for some real Christian-testosterone. We have received inquiries from men in eight different states about the possibility of holding a Spiritual Boot Camp in their town. We have already booked them in Maine, Missouri, and North Carolina. Real men want to engage their faith…want to make a difference for Christ.
Men have not left Christianity, men have left the church. It is time to go get them. I have committed 36 weekends over the next year to conducting the Boot Camps around the country. I want to come to your town. Let’s go get those wandering sheep. The Lord has need of them.
Listen to me now. I am about to save you some serious heartache.
Your pastor probably will not be on your side on this one. On-fire men cause an urge to pee in most of them. THEY are the one with the anointing and vision…remember?
But if you have unction to host a Boot Camp then the Lord has handed you the ball. What are you going to do with it? Here is my vision.
The Boot Camps are not designed to be another ministry at your local church. They are designed to gather a group of like-hearted men IN YOUR COMMUNITY…across denominational lines…men with a desire to more actively serve the Lord. That is why I rented a non-church facility for the Boot Camp.
It is not a call to leave your church, and I have no desire to be your pastor. But it is an opportunity to fellowship and “Let the Sparks Fly” with other God-fearing men in your community.
As things get darker in America it is imperative that a network of Godly men be in position to step forward and provide the leadership the entire community will need. If we don’t build that network now, it will be too late to do so when the network is needed. Noah built the Ark before the rain began. We are not looking to build a militia or an anti-government (whatever that means) organization.
We are peaceful, but not fearful. In fact, we don’t even want to build an organization, but a “team.” Trust me, you are not the only guy in your town who realizes what is going on and who desires a place to plug in. I bet you know ten guys right now who would be interested…
If things go south in your community who will folks turn to for direction? I will never forget my experience ministering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Most of the pastors fled town and did not return for several days. Those who remained behind had no one to turn to for help.
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Jesus told us the parable of the unwise virgins who failed to keep their lamps trimmed. Is your lamp trimmed? Is your oil can full? Things are getting awfully dark. Your pastor may be a great guy. Your church may be full of good people. But you can not count on them to understand the times.
Your eyes are open. You see what is happening. You have a responsibility to the ones that you love. What are you going to do with the ball…punt it, or run with it?
Quit sitting around waiting on the Rapture. You are God’s man. Put on your big-boy pants.
Get your butt in the game! I await your e-mail.
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