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Characters values

The YMCA Core- Our Mission

The YMCA mission of “Putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build spirit, mind, and body for all”, is a strong and clear mission statement. However there are actually 3 aspects to the mission statement:

The Core - “To put Christian principles into practice …”

The Action - “through programs that build spirit, mind and body...”

The Audience - “for all…”

YMCA Character Values - The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is focused on living out our Christian mission. We want to genuinely serve and care for people within the YMCA community. 

Caring- To put others before yourself, to love others, to be sensitive to the well-being of others, to help others.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.—John 15:12

Honesty -To tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity, to make sure your choices match up with your values.
Better to be poor and honest than rich and dishonest. No one believes a liar, but everyone respects the words of an honest man.Proverbs 19:1, 21:28

Respect - To treat others as you would have them treat you, to value the worth of every person including yourself, to be cordial even if you disagree with someone. 
Treat people the same way you want them to treat you.  Show proper respect to everyone.— Matthew 7:12

Responsibility - To do what you should, to do what is right, to be accountable for your behavior and obligations. 
“Each one should test his own actions.  Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.” —Galations 6:4-5

Faith-To develop your relationship with God, to be a seeker of truth, to trust God with your life, to be sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.—Hebrews 11:1,6

Our 12 Branch Standards 

All Christian Emphasis Cabinet Team is working to ensure that all YMCA's will be working towards seeing these 12 standards a part of their branch DNA.

  • We will communicate our Christian Emphasis through our website and other social media outlets.
  • Prayer will be elevated through prayer board, box, and/or other ways that work for your branch staff and member.
  • We will have a Bible present in each of our YMCA's.
  • We will have a Y Triangle present in each of our YMCA's.
  • We seek to have an active Christian Emphasis volunteer branch team in each branch.
  • We will conduct "First Monday" prayer for all the staff on the first Monday of each month.
  • We will preserve YMCA's rich heritage by telling our story often and well.
  • We will celebrate the National Day of Prayer each year as a branch.
  • We will have Spiritual Vitamins available for members, staff and children at all times at each branch.
  • Our staff will participate in an annual Christian Leadership Conference to provide spiritual renewal and refreshment for our staff.
  • We will provide quality Christian Emphasis programs in each branch.
  • All our group exercise classes will start or end with a higher thought. 


Christian Emphasis

YMCA Mission

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs
that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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