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Lead with The Yard

Who, What, When, Why, and How

Lead with the YArd

During child dedications, we promise to help parents raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). At The Yard, we aim to keep that promise by teaching 6th through 12th graders the word of God, facilitating friendships, and equipping them to fully participate in the life of the church.


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First things first: what is The Yard all about?

We aim to accompany parents as they raise their children (specifically, their 6th – 12th graders) in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). We do this by teaching students the word of God, building friendships with them, facilitating their friendships with each other, and equipping them to fully participate in the life of the church. In the end, our goal is to “present everyone mature in Christ” by proclaiming Christ crucified and risen (Col. 1:28). (By the way, that “everyone” includes you.)

Who is a Yard leader?

You! (We hope!) If you’re reading this, we assume that you’re interested in leading a small group. We are looking for men and women who love Jesus, actively seek to follow him, are members (or intending to become members) of CHBC, and want to help students know Jesus and follow him.

What do Yard leaders do?

Leaders in The Yard facilitate weekly small groups, disciple and care for individual students, and assist in the execution of youth group events. The leader’s task always occurs in the context of friendship (a relationship with students grounded in the love of Christ) and can include explicit discipleship (studying God’s word or an edifying book together, regularly confessing sin and praying together, serving one’s neighbors, etc.) and other forms of care (disciplines of Christian friendship, like sharing life and doing fun activities together, socializing as a small group, consoling students who are suffering, etc.).

What is the time commitment like?

We ask all of our leaders to commit to our weekly Wednesday night meetings (7-8:30pm at CHBC), each of our retreats (one weekend per semester), and regular prayer especially for the students in their small groups. Many of our leaders also prepare for small group lessons and meet with students individually. We also invite leaders to pray with us before our Wednesday night meetings and assist with other social events throughout the year, although these commitments are optional. (That seems like a lot of time. Why do you require so much? That’s a great question. We ask for this because true discipleship requires time and deep relationships. We have observed that such investment bears much fruit in the students’ and leaders’ lives, by God’s grace.)

What’s the purpose of leading in The Yard?

Your purpose as a leader is to fulfill the Great Commission, to “make disciples…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Put differently, it is to “present everyone mature in Christ” (Col. 1:28), to act as a means of students’ conformation to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29). We believe it is a privilege to share in this task and we pray this work ultimately furthers God’s glory in our church and community, no matter how insignificant or fruitless it may sometimes seem.

How do Yard leaders accomplish these things?

By sheer grace. A leader’s responsibility – just like any Christian’s responsibility to his or her brothers and sisters – is weighty. We believe that God’s grace not only covers us when we fail to fulfill our obligations but also empowers us to keep our promises to our students. His grace in Christ is your only hope for ministering well as a leader.

Now what?

If you’re interested in leading a small group and ministering to students or have more questions, reach out to Matt, the youth director or fill out the interest form below. You can email him at gilleskie@biblechurch.org or text/call at 919-428-4891.