Dedicated to equipping the next generation of nonprofit leaders. This will be accomplished by interviewing people whose business, nonprofit and life experiences might be valuable on an emerging leader. When we use the term leader, we are referring to organizational and Board leadership.
Talking Stewardship and Generosity with Jim Loscheider
Whether we realize it or not, each of us benefits from the work of the nonprofit sector. A strong nonprofit sector is key to thriving communities. At Next Gen Nonprofit Leadership with Tommy Thomas, we are on a journey – a journey to play a small part in equipping the next generation of nonprofit leaders.
Unlike similar shows where the guests often make their living writing, teaching, or speaking about leadership, our guests are seasoned leaders, and there is something we can learn from their experience that will make the nonprofit stronger and more effective.
Every day, nonprofits feed, heal, shelter, educate, inspire, and nurture people of every age, race, and socioeconomic status. The common thread that runs through each nonprofit story is that the impact of the organization rises and falls on leadership - leadership throughout the organization and leadership at the board level.
Join me – Dr. Tommy Thomas – as I begin this journey by chatting with Jim Loscheider. Jim has spent his whole career working in the field of stewardship and generosity, and for the last twenty-nine years, he has worked for only two employers – something that not many people can say in today's world. Jim has also dedicated the next chapter of his life to mentoring young Christian leaders in ministry.
Jim shares what his childhood was like and describes how he was raised in a post-WWII family. He got his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, and he talks about what got him started on his nonprofit journey. He also reveals what his greatest strength is, discusses the difference between administration and policy making, and so much more!
I thank Jim for joining me in this episode of the podcast. Jim had some really great things to say about fundraising and mentoring. If you are an upcoming leader or new board leader for a nonprofit organization, then I would encourage you to seek out someone who has been down that road before and can maybe help pave the way for you! Join me next time, and don't forget to hit the subscribe button so that you never miss an episode! You should also share the podcast with a friend who would be likely to get something out of it as well!
[1:08] – Tommy introduces the guest of this episode – Jim Loscheider - and provides us with some of his credentials.
[1:56] – Jim shares what his childhood was like up to when he went to college.
[2:56] – Jim reflects on some of his best childhood memories.
[4:04] – Jim reveals what led him to stewardship after becoming interested in biblical generosity.
[6:20] – We learn about the Stewardship or Generosity Movement and when and how it began.
[7:13] – Jim explains what he learned from working as director of the The Christian and Missionary Alliance’s national stewardship program.
[9:49] – Jim talks about what he has learned about the hiring process over the years.
[11:24] – Jim reflects on hiring within vs. hiring from outside and which he prefers.
[12:53] – We discover what Jim considers to be the most difficult aspect of hiring good employees and how he determines whether or not someone has potential.
[15:06] – Jim shares whether or not he tends to give employees second chances when they make mistakes.
[17:38] – We hear Jim reflect on how he felt when he made the transition from The Orchard Alliance to Samaritan's Purse and what that transition was like.
[20:05] – Jim believes letting talented people walk their own course rather than micromanaging them to be his greatest strength.
[21:32] – Jim describes what goes into deciding whether or not to become someone's mentor.
[22:25] – Jim believes that a board needs to be introspective and ask questions of itself at least once per year.
[24:22] – Jim argues that having a boarding plan when bringing on a new members is important.
[26:00] – Jim provid
Is There Life After Young Life?: How Young Life Equipped Bob Lonac to Be a CEO
When I first met today's guest over lunch in Colorado Springs, I knew ten minutes into my interview with him that I had found the leader that I was looking for with IJM (International Justice Mission), and he also ended up at the top of my list of people whom I wanted to interview on this podcast. Bob Lonac has a career in leadership that spans over several decades, having been a leader of Young Life for thirty-three years before becoming Executive Vice President of IJM and later C.E.O. of CRISTA Ministries.
Bob walks us through his career and all of the different titles and responsibilities that he had with each position, starting with having joined Young Life in 1967 and working with them for thirty-three years before joining IJM and then CRISTA. He explains why he left Young Life and details his first team at IJM and what set it apart, and he also explains why he then left IJN and moved to CRISTA.
Bob reflects on his childhood as well and what about his childhood led him to becoming a leader. He acknowledges God for giving him the gift of leadership but also credits his father, who was a hard worker and taught Bob the value of a strong work ethic. He also talks about one of his most satisfying childhood memories being the catcher on his baseball team even though he wasn't the best athlete, clarifying that he loved it because he loved being a leader.
I sincerely thank Bob for joining me in this episode of the podcast. Bob had some really insightful points to make about leadership, his hiring process, his challenges and failures over the years, and so much more! Join me next time, and don't forget to hit the subscribe button so that you never miss an episode! You should also share the podcast with a friend who would be likely to get something out of it as well!
[1:21] – Tommy introduces this episode's guest – Bob Lonac – and provides some of his credentials.
[2:05] – Bob highlights important aspects of his childhood, focusing on his father, his friendships, and having been the catcher of his baseball team.
[5:04] – Bob reflects back on having joined the Young Life staff back in 1967.
[6:21] – We learn when Bob realized that he was good at starting and developing things, referring primarily to self-awareness.
[7:47] – Bob explains what about the International Justice Mission attracted him to it.
[10:03] – Bob describes what sets International Justice Mission apart: (1) a huge vision and (2) excellence and professionalism.
[11:19] – Bob talks about his first team at International Justice Mission.
[12:53] – Bob highlights the components of his hiring process.
[14:50] – Bob narrates the story of hiring a new radio Vice President for CRISTA Ministries, highlighting the importance of listening to your intuition.
[17:39] – We discover why Bob moved from International Justice Mission to CRISTA.
[20:13] – Bob reflects upon his greatest failures and what he learned from them.
[23:12] – Bob compares and contrasts his supervisors at Young Life and at International Justice Mission.
[24:30] – Bob provides us with some insight regarding the strengths of and differences between the three different boards with which he has been involved.
[26:18] – Bob remarks upon how his wife Kathleen has helped him move forward in his career.
[27:13] – Bob closes by reflecting on what he wishes that he had known when he started his career.
Links and Resources
JobfitMatters – Website
Bob Lonac Consults - Website
Bob’s Facebook Page
Bob’s LinkedIn Page
Young Life - Website
IJM (International Justice Mission) - Website
CRISTA Ministries - Website
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