In 1984, eleven churches met to discuss a growing problem – how to minister to the poor and needy of this community in a more structured way. Each church was experiencing increasing demands on both resources and involvement of church staff from people begging for assistance. There was evidence of duplication of services and abuse of resources by some clients.
These churches joined with other community leaders and formed a joint ministry named
Christian Action Ministries to serve as the local outreach food pantry.
The eleven churches were Branson Bible Church, Branson Christian Church, Branson Hills Assembly of God, Branson United Methodist, Nazarene Church of Branson, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Our Savior Lutheran and St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches that later became Faith Lutheran Church, Community of Christ Church, and Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church.
The board of directors spent a year building the foundation of the organization and identifying the most pressing needs of the community.
With the cooperation of these participating churches and the community, Christian Action Ministries opened the food pantry in March 1985, and is now located at 2400 State Highway 165.
We added a second location in Forsyth and mobile outreach distributions to Bradleyville, Cedarcreek, Protem, Rockaway Beach, Merriam Woods, Hollister, and Branson to the ministry.
Last year, Christian Action Ministries assisted more than 40,000 residents of Taney County and distributed in excess of two million pounds of food.
Here at Christian Action Ministries, we are driven by a single goal; to serve our Lord and Savior by serving His children.
Our vision is to help people obtain needed resources, to encourage self-sufficiency and independence, and bring together the caring communities -- religious, business, and individuals -- in a manner that provides dignity and respect for those we are commissioned to serve.