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.

From Production Director to Nonprofit: ‘It Was Time’
David Leuschner, the executive director for the recently formed nonprofit, Digital Great Commission Ministries, meets with staff from various Dallas-Fort Worth area churches recently.

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From Production Director to Nonprofit: ‘It Was Time’

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Pair with that, by going from a church which had approximately 700 tech volunteers, to go with nearly 100 part- and full-time staff, to an organization comprised of himself and a couple of volunteers, that might seem too jarring a shift for some.

To Leuschner, though, “It’s refreshing to go back to the roots, to see a church build from scratch. There’s no disappointment to me in not having a massive team.” With the nonprofit, he’s come to appreciate that “it’s nice to be nimble, lean and mean, while not having a lot of expenses and overhead.”

And despite the size of Gateway’s staff, he explained, “I didn’t manage all of them, as I managed five to seven people, and they broke down what they were managing. It wasn’t a major culture shift, it really wasn’t.”

With the work he has done with church staff since the start of the nonprofit, he has come to greatly appreciate the staff members’ reactions, over how they see that the nonprofit is there “to help (that church), and not just there to get money out of (the church) … that is really fulfilling.”

That reaction, he noted, could be tied to his feeling that “I feel the Lord has given me a unique ability to communicate tech speak to a senior pastor, as well as to a lot of tech team members.”

With what he’s accomplished thus far with the nonprofit, much of it has been “to help other churches, to give them the ability lead on their own, to where they are able to build their own team.”

In the coming year,he initially envisions “keeping (the nonprofit) fairly small, to make it reachable for churches.” Even without an aggressive growth plan for 2018, though, he added, “I can see a day as we grow this thing, where we need to be at three or four different churches,” so growth is definitely envisioned in the horizon.

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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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