From Production Director to Nonprofit: ‘It Was Time’
A few months ago, Digital Great Commission Ministries came to fruition, as David Leuschner began working with a series of churches on aspects of live production.
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DALLAS — Change can always be challenging, particularly when shifting to a new job.
For 11 years, David Leuschner served as the Senior Director of Technology and Technical Arts at Gateway Church, a nondenominational house of worship with six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Over the last few months, Leuschner has found a new calling, starting the nonprofit, Digital Great Commission Ministries.
After more than a decade at Gateway, what was the impetus behind making the transition?
“What I realized over the years is that a lot of churches treat technology as the enemy,” he said.
That was certainly not the case at Gateway, he emphasized, beginning with his being able to “build a great team at Gateway,” to go with the church understanding technology’s value in ministry. One such example Leuschner recalled was how the church’s founding senior pastor, Robert Morris, once pointed to a camera and said, “This is a missionary,” in explaining how technology serves a key role in spreading the word of God.
Taking a page from his pastor, Leuschner wants to share that mindset with other churches across the country.
“I am looking to have churches understand attitude and heart, and that technology should not be something that you should be afraid of,” he said. “And that technology is something that can help them in the world.”
As executive director of the newly formed nonprofit, among the most notable differences from his time at Gateway is that “I have the freedom to go to churches, to understand their mission.”
In regularly meeting directly with various church staffs, he works by providing them with a series of resources. In his new role, he said, “It has helped me hone some of my resources, getting in their hands tools that to my surprise churches were unaware of,” allowing those churches to avert “the mistakes that have been done before.”
Looking back on his time at Gateway, he noted, “we focused less on technology, and more on the training and development.” As much attention is often paid to the gear, he said, “It’s not the drum kit, the piano, a sound console, a camera. … We are here to set an atmosphere of worship, with tech gear being the same as musical instruments in that either will put them closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
In addition, he added, “I realized it early in the 11 years … what made Gateway great, was how we focused on our people and not on the gear and the tech.”
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