TPRT #33: John Luzadder - 3 Ways To Lead Your Team Through Tragedy

In this episode I talk with John Luzadder about how Christ In Youth lead their team through tragedy

Ryan Latham

November 19, 2019

"One of the things that doesn't happen too often in a culture is the leaders listening to those who are a part of their team." - John Luzadder

John serves as Christ In Youth’s VP of Culture and has been with the ministry since 2008. As vice president of culture, John works with teams to influence how CIY treats, develops, and takes care of its staff. This includes opportunities for individuals to grow spiritually, personally and professionally. He also oversees the final product of everything CIY delivers globally to make sure it meets the “CIY cultural standard.” Prior to joining CIY he worked in youth ministry in the local church. He has served at Blooming Grove Christian Church in Palmyra, IL; Manchester Christian Church in Manchester, N.H.; and West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL. He is a graduate of Lincoln Christian College. He and his wife, Michelle, have three boys, and their family attends Carterville Christian Church near Joplin, MO.

John and the team at CIY experienced a significant tragedy this past summer with one of their groups while on the road. John shares how that experience and leading the organization has changed how he leads.

During our conversation we talk about:

  • What is Christ In Youth and how you can get involved?
  • How do you create the culture you desire?
  • Creating a healthy multi-generational workplace.
  • 3 ways to lead your team through tragedy
  • Developing the younger leaders in your ministry
  • Vulnerability as a leader
  • 3 must-read books
  • What to do when your boss had your job

Quotes from the interview -

"Sometimes when it comes to change, it's about making a small change and giving it time."

- John Luzadder

"One of the things that doesn't happen too often in a culture is the leaders listening to those who are a part of their team."

- John Luzadder

"People want to be on a team that is fun, not just a team that wins."

- John Luzadder

"When it comes to leading through tragedy you have to lead by example."

- John Luzadder

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Want to hear an episode about finding purpose in suffering, wounds, scars and brokenness? Listen to my conversation with Doug Everaad

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: How have you lead your team through a time of tragedy?

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

How to win Friends & Influence People

21 Fasting Quote and Scripture Images for Social Media

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—Jeanne Mayo

Youth pastor, leadership coach, author, and public speaker

Atlanta, Georgia


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