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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With the outreach begun by Digital Great Commission Ministries, Leuschner sees value in the personalized help offered to church staffs, particularly for those who are seeking much needed assistance.
“I am only a couple months into this, helping churches, and talking through problems is what I have been most effective with,” said Leuschner. “The resources that I have posted to the website and the YouTube videos, that’s what people are being drawn to, in achieving the mission to bringing the gospel around the world.”
Having worked predominantly on aspects of live production while at Gateway, much of what he’s focused on thus far with the nonprofit is also in that realm, largely “with audio, video, lighting and staging,” along with some website and app work.
By meeting with various churches, he said, “What’s really cool is seeing how other churches think. Every church has its own DNA.”
That “DNA” has been in full display in instances when different churches are using the same gear, but “like human beings, we are all unique and have our own likes and dislikes.” By delving into what makes each of these churches tick, Leuschner’s approach recognizes how these churches are much smaller than Gateway (more than 39,400 active members as of last year). Having these smaller churches stand out is made possible by accounting for “the scale and where they are going, and what they’re doing with less budget and resources.” Often, the situation is such where “they put the burden on one person, and we show them to lead up, to teach their bosses, so that it is not all on (one person’s) shoulders.”
To Leuschner, each church he’s worked with has been successful, particularly in how “they are reaching the lost, and creating their atmosphere of worship.” With these churches, he noted, “the questions they ask are really unique, and it has made me a different person to see the DNA, and how they create the atmosphere with the same tools.”
Having served as a leader of tech teams for years at Gateway, he acknowledged that “being a technician, and being around technicians, they are typically introverts. They aren’t the one that wants to start a conversation.”
From there, it’s typically perceived that these technicians “don’t think (they’ve) ever led anybody to Christ.”
But that mindset would be wrong.
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