Moving Forward

Our friend and colleague, Larry Whittlesey, is leaving the US Mission Network and we will miss him very much. His last day is Dec. 14, 2018.

YMCA of Orange County CARES Program

Shifting the culture and bringing Christian influence back into the YMCA means practicing the second greatest commandment—loving our neighbors. If we are to love them, we must know them.

Feeding the Stomach and the Spirit

As part of their continued outreach to the local community, the Clark County Family YMCA in Vancouver, WA has been providing free lunches to kids from the surrounding neighborhoods for the past four years.

An Investment in Christian Leadership

Earlier this month, YMCA leaders gathered with hundreds of thousands other leaders worldwide to participate in the Global Leadership Summit. The US Mission Network has been in partnership with the GLS for the past three years, during which time we have seen a significant increase in YMCA attendees at this annual event.

Lifting Up Christ in Chiang Mai

On July 5–8, 2018, representatives gathered from 26 different nations for the YMCA World Mission Network Conference. This opportunity was more than a pre-event to the YMCA World Council. It was an intentional effort to bring together Christian leaders from the YMCA movement for a time of inspiration, instruction and challenge.

Serve to Lead 2018

This is the third year that the Christian Principles Network of the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities has sponsored this one day event. This year’s conference, held on May 3, brought together Y members, volunteers, staff, and corporate and community partners.

The YMCA Highlights the National Day of Prayer

YMCA’s all over the country provided opportunities for their members, staff and the community at large to participate in National Day of Prayer events last week. Here are some examples of what went on in Ys around the country.

Why Start a MOPS Group?

We often encourage YMCAs to consider starting faith-based small groups, such as Restore Small Group’s “Journey to Freedom”, Financial Peace University, Grief Share, Transformational Leadership or an Alpha group.

A Day in the Life of a Chaplain

The job of a YMCA chaplain is somewhat unique. There are no real set hours or a specific list of daily responsibilities. Rather, the Chaplain is there to serve both the members and staff as a living demonstration of God’s love. 

San Antonio Leads the Way

When you think of San Antonio, Texas, you probably think of people walking around in cowboy hats, the famous River Walk, the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, fantastic Tex-Mex food and, our course, the Alamo. It’s a vibrant, growing city that relishes its historic culture and diverse population.

Making an Impact in Kenya

We’re excited to share this fresh report from Scott Reall, Stephanie Gibson and the Restore Small Groups team. We’re grateful for their partnership with the USMN and their ongoing work to transform lives around the world. Here is Scott’s report.

Response from Yakima YMCA

Late last month our National Director, Larry Whittlesey, was able to squeeze in a trip to Yakima, Washington before heading to the Y-USA Program Expo. Here is the positive response we got back from Bob Romero, CEO of the Yakima YMCA.

New YMCAs Connecting with the Network

It’s exciting to see how God is growing the impact of the US Mission Network across the country as new YMCA’s learn about this collaborative effort. While connection with our movement is purely voluntary, we grateful for those associations that have welcomed our message and begun to implement a stronger Christian mission emphasis in their own local associations. Here are a couple of encouraging stories about some YMCAs that have recently connected with the US Mission Network.

I Have a Place For You

MOPS is an incredible ministry that helps connect young moms to share the journey of raising the next generation. Considering the number of young moms who walk through our doors every day, the YMCA is a perfect place to host these groups.

The Power of Presence

One of the key strategies in the work of the US Mission Network is to establish a presence at YMCA events around the country. Our National Director, Larry Whittlesey, invests a good deal of his time visiting YMCA conferences, state alliance meetings, AYP events and local YMCAs.

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.

 

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