The Role of an Audio Director: Work at Growing Members’ Walk With Christ

What you do in your personal life counts. It makes a difference in how you act and interact with others around you. Those interactions change how you mix, and they also affect how others mix.

The Role of an Audio Director: Work at Growing Members’ Walk With Christ
Audio consoles and gear included. They are instruments of worship, like guitars or keyboards. They should be used and applied in a manner that worships God.
The Role of an Audio Director: Work at Growing Members’ Walk With Christ
Audio consoles and gear included. They are instruments of worship, like guitars or keyboards. They should be used and applied in a manner that worships God.

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I remember when I first was appointed as the Director of Audio at a church. My first thought was that I had to make it sound amazing and take care of all the problems that I heard every week.

Knowing what’s going on in the lives of your team will make you a better leader.

“Get out of my way! I am going to revolutionize the sound at this church!” … were some of my initial thoughts.

Then a kid, probably 13-years-old, came up to me and tapped me on the side and pronounced, “You must be important! Tell me what you do.”

I told him I mixed the audio for everyone who hears it. He said, “When I grow up, I want to be like you.” It was at that moment that I realized my job really was not the role of “fixing” or “mixing” the sound, but to be a leader, an example.

My focus should be on leading a team of people.

While my job was in the audio area of the church, my real priority was the lives of those who worked with me, and how they could further grow in their walk with Christ.

Similar to a coach, I was there to challenge them, push them to the next level and encourage them when they fell down. 

I firmly believe that everyone and everything was created to worship God. Psalm 66:4 ESV All the earth worships You and sings praises to You; they sing praises to Your name. Notice it says all the earth.

Everything was created to worship God.

Audio consoles and gear included. They are instruments of worship, like guitars or keyboards. They should be used and applied in a manner that worships God. This means it should be our goal to steadily steer people to focus their entire lives toward worshipping God.

What you do in your personal life counts. It makes a difference in how you act and interact with others around you. Those interactions change how you mix, and they also affect how others mix.

If you are mixing front of house, and someone else is mixing monitors, how you treat your monitor engineer will affect the overall sound. It just will.

If something is going on in the personal lives of your team or you, it will change your mix. If a worship leader is conducting his personal life in a sinful manner, we would all agree that this changes how he leads worship.


More About David Leuschner
David Leuschner currently serves as the Executive Director of Digital Great Commission Ministries, a nonprofit that has a mission to utilize technology to reach the entire world for Jesus Christ. David has been in the tech industry for more than 20 years and has always had a passion for the church. From 2006 to 2017 he served on the Senior Team as the Senior Director of Technology and Technical Arts at Gateway Church. He provided oversight for all of the Technology and Live Production areas. Gateway Church is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and is one of the largest churches in America. While at Gateway, David guided and directed more than 700 volunteers, part-time and full-time staff in a mission to facilitate several hundred events a month among all venues. Before coming to work at Gateway Church, David started volunteering in a local Church at the age of 11. He progressed to working high level events that included working with President George H W Bush, U.S. Diplomat Alan Lee Keyes, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, ABC News, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and many other major artists. David has been married to his beautiful wife Nicole for 12 years and they love their 10-year-old son Justin. Visit www.audiovideolighting.com to find out how David Leuschner can help your church. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @davidleuschner
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