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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Even for the young volunteer working on streaming gear, Leuschner emphasized that “16-year-old, who captured their pastor to 50 to 60 countries by streaming, they don’t realize that the technology has spread the Word. It allows for people who are not going to jump on a plane and be a missionary, to engage people in the body of Christ.”
Having recruited such individuals in the past, Leuschner said, “I see a bunch of people who feel like they probably are not reaching people for Christ, but while explaining to them that they might be an introvert or a behind-the-scenes person — when focused in the right way — they can bring people closer to Christ.”
Before the nonprofit became reality this year, the path toward its creation began to take form about two to three years ago. “That was when I coined the phrase “the Digital Great Commission, for reaching the lost around the world,” he said. Also playing a role, while talking with one of the tech volunteers at Gateway, he added, “A kid, around 14 years old, was running camera for us. He was happy to be part of something bigger than himself. He wasn’t old enough to be a greeter, but was able to engage in something that could lead to a career and lead people to Christ.” In talking with the teen, he said, “it brought me back to when I was 11 years old (when Leuschner first began working on the tech side of things for a church) and it brought me to the idea of the commission.”
What spurred Leuschner to have his idea grow into a full-time commitment, was the statement heard repeatedly from his pastor, “‘What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?’ It came to the Holy Spirit saying it was time.”
Turning his focus to the nonprofit was a significant jump in of itself, adding with it the prospect of potentially leaving Gateway in a tough position. But he noted, “I set up a team at Gateway with good leaders, who could take the ball down the court. It can’t be all on you. You have to figure that you have volunteers, and that you identify talent-based staff members, who can be influencers on your team (who can step in, upon your departure).”
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