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Our Christian Heritage

This was the original mission statement…

 The Young Men's Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be his disciples in their faith and in their life, and to associate their efforts for the extension of his Kingdom amongst young men.

In 1855, at the first YMCA World Alliance Conference, the Paris Basis was drawn up, re-affirming the original mission with a call for unity in alignment with the prayer that Jesus prayed for his disciples in John 17:21. The below phrase was added to the end of the Paris Basis.

Any differences of opinion on other subjects, however important in themselves, shall not interfere with the harmonious relations of the constituent members and associates of the World Alliance.

This emblem was designed carefully to give identity and provide a symbol of the YMCA’s meaning and purpose:

  • The names of the five parts of the globe are inscribed on the segments of a circle united by cartouches which bear the monograms of the Association’s name in different languages.
  • The circle recalls the fact that our geographically scattered associations form one body.
  • The larger mongram of the name Christ within the circle remind the associations that Christ is our centre, our true bond of union, our strength and sole cause and end.
  • Over the symbol of Christ is placed the Bible, the Divine Word is the special means whereby young people overcome the world (1 John 2:14).
  • The Bible is open at the page containing our Redeemer’s high-priestly prayer, John 17:21 (ESV): “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”


Our Christian Values


But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:1 NIV)

 Servant Leadership

The greatest among you will be your servant (Matthew 23:11 NIV)


You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. (Deuteronomy 25:15 NIV)


For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave… Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. (1 Corinthians 7:22, 24 NIV)


Show proper respect to everyone (1 Peter 2:17 NIV)


Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:13 NIV)



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