Mission Ignition is the largest gathering in North America that brings together key YMCA leaders and staff for the purpose of strengthening the Christian mission of the Y.

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In 2000, Restore was born in the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, to meet the spiritual and mental needs of the community. Today, over 25,000 people worldwide have found positive life change through Restore Small Groups.

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Chaplaincy-training programs at Y’s equip staff and members to live their faith daily in practical ways to meet the individual and personal needs of others. See how you can get the training and be life.

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YMCA Focus  How can Y’s improve member engagement? How can Christians be more involved at the Y? Joel Schutte, shares five tested and practical initiatives that are making a significant difference today. Consider which approaches could work at your Y.

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Does the Y in your community have a chapel? If so, is it being used? Discover how a Y chapel can become the most significant space within a YMCA and how to grow the presence of a chapel so that it gets used significantly for maximum impact.

In America today there is a network of Y leaders and members that are coming together regularly to strengthen the Christian mission of the Y. Their national conference brings them together in one location to seize the day.

YMCA FOCUS Not every Y in the country has a chaplain. For those that do, there is evidence that the improved and consistent focus on the Christian mission delivers powerful benefits. Chaplain Matt Goebel from the Kosciusko Community YMCA offers this primer for Y's to get started.

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YMCA FOCUS     Ryan Carmen had struggled with obesity for almost as long as he could remember. Then one day he chose to use his Y membership and pursue change. All it cost him was $1. What he gained was a new opportunity to Be Life to others.

By Charlotte Dean
When life has not turned out the way you planned you need more than a get fit quick plan. Several Y’s in Richmond, Virginia now help those in the city to contemplate struggles and identify areas of change. Faith drives these small groups to real change.
By Paul Coughlin
Fitness teaches our children that pain may be scary but it isn't fatal. Children need to know how to take life-affirming risk and test their own metal. The sin of over-parenting produces weak, pliable, and small-souled children. The bad news – bullying is on the rise. The average bully targets the weak. The good news - helping our children stand up to bullying without falling down is easier than they realize.


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