David Duran is the communications director for Capitol Ministries, a nonprofit organization that seeks to acquaint political leaders all over the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Prior to his position at Capitol Ministries, Duran spent seven years at the Capitol, working for Sen. Bill Morrow, former Assemblyman Pat Bates and Assemblyman John Benoit.
You spent nearly seven years working as a staff member in the Legislature. Why did you decide to leave?
I enjoyed my job as Capitol director for Assemblyman Benoit and really didn’t have any plans to go anywhere else, but when the chance to work for Capitol Ministries came along, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Why Capitol Ministries?
Capitol Ministries exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the political arena. Out of all of the great causes that show up in the Capitol each year, I can’t think of a more worthy one to support.
Regardless of our partisan affiliation and status, at our core we’re all sinners in need of a savior. Capitol Ministries’ core mission is to bring the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who might receive it, and to teach God’s Word so that we might joyfully grow in our knowledge of God, our love for Him, and our desire to bring glory and honor to Him through our lives.
I’ve personally benefited from the great Bible teaching I’ve received over the years during the Capitol Ministries’ Wednesday noon Bible study. So in a way, I also see this new job as a great opportunity to give something back by helping others throughout the nation and ultimately the world have similar opportunities to learn and grow.
You serve as Capitol Ministries’ communications director. How did you get into the field?
I never formally studied communications, but hopefully I’ve managed to pick up some ideas of how to do it better during my time in the Legislature. Good communications are vital to every legislative office and nearly every other organization I can think of, so it’s an easily transferable job skill.
What kind of response has your organization received?
Certainly not everyone is a fan, but overall we receive a very positive response in the states where we start ministries. Many elected officials are hungry for verse-by-verse Bible teaching and understand its relevance to their personal lives and careers. When I tell people outside of the Capitol community about our work to bring the gospel to politicians, the most common response is, “Boy, they sure need it.”
Is Capitol Ministries trying to end the separation of church and state?
No, the Bible teaches that the state and church are separate institutions both ordained by God for unique purposes. The institution of the state shouldn’t run the church, and the institution of the church shouldn’t run the state. However, that doesn’t mean everyone who serves in state government must be an atheist. An appropriate regard amongst governmental leaders for the “King of kings” and His laws benefits our entire nation. As William Penn said, “Good laws do well, but good men do better.”
How does your organization plan on accomplishing the goal to “reach every political leader in the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ?”
Clearly, it’s a huge vision that we can’t accomplish without God’s help. Our plan is to place a full-time disciple maker in every state, launch a ministry in D.C., and then plant ministries in other capital cities around the world. We’re asking individuals and churches to pray for their political leaders and consider partnering with us to reach them for Christ.
So far you are doing work in more than a dozen different state capitals. How do you plan on expanding?
We just launched new ministries in two additional states, Minnesota and Missouri, bringing us to a total of 15 states including California. Establishing new ministries certainly requires a significant financial investment — so if any of your readers are interested in helping out in that way, feel free to send them our way. We take credit card donations and have a number of creative giving opportunities available on our Web site (www.capmin.org), including ways you can, at no extra cost to you, benefit Capitol Ministries when you shop at Amazon.com or other online retailers.
When you’re out of the office, what do you do to relax?
My wife, Christina, and I have two boys and a girl, ages 3½ and below, and a baby girl due this month. So let’s just say we don’t really get time to relax very often. But when we do, we typically like to watch movies or hang out with friends.