The YMCA was Created to Change Lives

People like you in Ys across the country are sharing Jesus and creating lasting change in people’s lives. Find out how others are doing it in their community.


The US Mission Network is dedicated to helping Ys across America live out their Christian mission.




Curate Resources

We create and share with those who want to help their Y enhance their Christ-based programs.

Build Relationships

We’re providing opportunities for Christ-focused Y staff and members to connect and share.

Provide Recognition

We give a central voice to a growing network of Y people who want to further the Christian mission.



His Word, Not Ours

Earlier this fall, the Lutheran Church celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Legend has it that on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, in Germany. Over time we may have made this act more dramatic than it was intended. Luther did not seek to be revolutionary. What he nailed on the door of the church was a list of questions and propositions for debate, not a declaration of war.

To God be the Glory

Anyone who has met Joy Poteet, Chaplain at the West Central Florida YMCA, realizes something almost immediately … this woman is passionate about serving God through her YMCA.

Standing Together in the Storms

Rarely has the US experienced a month like this one. September 2017 has already seen the landfall of two major hurricanes impacting the lives of millions in the Southeast, especially Texas and Florida. The YMCAs in those regions have been deeply impacted by these storms. Flooding, loss of power, wind damage, displacement of their staff and the overwhelming needs in their communities have created an opportunity for YMCAs to demonstrate their Christian principles in meaningful action.

Serving Those Who Serve Us All

The Armed Services YMCA makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. These Ys support more than 500,000 young enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families each year with the help of gracious donors and stalwart volunteers. The Alaska Armed Services YMCA offers some very unique programs that are specifically geared to serve military families. While they don’t have a recreational facility, they offer a variety of services on four military bases in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and service the rest of the military installations in the state through outreach programs.

The River and the YMCA

It has been hot, really hot.

I came home from the YMCA and the river was calling my name. I am blessed to live by a river. In the mornings I sit out by it and drink my coffee. This is the time that God and I have our best conversations.

As I looked at the river, I had a hard time seeing anything in it. The water is crystal clear and the bottom is rocky, a typical mountain river. I can see the bottom clearly, but unless the salmon are running I don’t see any fish. I always knew they were there, but just couldn’t see them.

Chasing Godliness

Just outside of my office, our Wellness Center is full of cardio machines, free motion weights and just about every type of exercise apparatus you could imagine. And every day they are put through their paces by trainers, members, and community participants who seek a healthier lifestyle. But what about our spiritual journey?

We're dedicated to preserving, nurturing, and advancing the Christian heritage and purpose of the YMCA across America.

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