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Among Missouri’s Christian Ministries is One of the Country’s Most Unique Christian Colleges

The “Show-Me State” of Missouri comes in ninth on the MinistryWatch list of the top 25 states for Christian ministries by revenue generated. Missouri’s 29 ministries together raised $1.01 billion last year.

Convoy of Hope, a 2019 MinistryWatch Shining Light Award winner, brought in almost $370 million in revenue in 2020. Located in the southwest portion of the state in Springfield, Convoy of Hope’s mission is “to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response.”

Founded in 1994 by Hal Donaldson, Convoy of Hope is involved in feeding programs in 17 countries around the world. Following the model of “teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime,” the ministry is also active in training local farmers to improve their crops and harvest. In turn, local farmers are often able to donate part of their yield to the Convoy of Hope feeding program.

The discipleship ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has been equipping athletes and coaches to “grow in Christ and lead others to do the same” since it was founded in 1954 by Don McLanen. His vision was “to form an organization that would project you as Christian men before the youth and athletes of our nation.”

While headquartered in Kansas City, FCA has over 2,500 staff and leaders in over 100 countries. Its 2020 revenue was over $148 million. Among its 2020 accomplishments were the distribution of over 100,000 Bibles and the release of a new 8-session discipleship study called The CORE.

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One of the more unique colleges in the country is College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout. Founded in 1906 as School of the Ozarks, the college has only an 8-12% acceptance rate. It admits students, primarily from the Ozark region, who wish to obtain a private Christian education but do not have the financial means to do so.

College of the Ozarks students graduate debt-free through a combination of on-campus work opportunities and donor-funded scholarships.

Its vision is “to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.” The current student body is about 1,500. In 2020, College of the Ozarks received over $97 million in revenue.

Missouri also has various Christian camp ministries, including Kanakuk and Kids Across America. Both are located in Branson. Kanakuk has hosted over 450,000 campers since it began in 1926. Its mission is to equip campers with “leadership skills and Biblical truths to impact their schools and communities as examples of Jesus Christ.” In recent months, Kanakuk has come under some scrutiny due to allegations about a former counselor at the camp.

As the demand for a camp “serving urban youth and adult leaders grew,” Kanakuk opened Kids Across America Kamp in 1991, a second in 1995, and a third in 2001. It also opened a leadership training camp called Higher Ground in 1998.

In 2020, Kanakuk Ministries raised over $31 million in revenue and Kids Across America Foundation took in about $14 million.

Ministry

Cause

City

Revenue

Convoy of Hope

Relief and Development

Springfield

369,328,524

Fellowship of Christian Athletes/ FCA

Fellowship Evangelism

Kansas City

148,528,648

Joyce Meyer Ministries

Educational Media

Fenton

112,766,375

College of the Ozarks

Colleges/Universities

Point Lookout

97,681,730

Evangel University

Colleges/Universities

Springfield

57,997,112

Missouri Baptist University

Colleges/Universities

St. Louis

53,928,280

Southwest Baptist University

Colleges/Universities

Bolvar

46,827,331

Kanakuk Ministries

Christian Growth

Branson

31,650,848

Lutheran Hour Ministries

Educational Media

St Louis

30,948,421

Avant Ministries / Gospel Missionary Union

Foreign Missions

Kansas City

24,966,511

Christ in Youth

Fellowship Evangelism

Joplin

20,856,684

Child Evangelism Fellowship/ CEF

Evangelism

Warrenton

19,600,561

Kids Across America Foundation

Camps/Conference Centers

Branson

14,400,204

The Global Orphan Project

Adoption/Foster Care

Kansas City

11,281,080

Doulos Ministries, Inc./ Shelterwood

Leadership Training

Independence

11,277,251

Covenant Theological Seminary

Colleges/Universities

St. Louis

8,715,917

Gateway Creative Broadcasting

Radio/ TV Stations

Des Peres

8,145,543

Lutheran Bible Translators

Bible Translation

Concordia

7,615,688

Stonecroft Ministries

Evangelism

Kansas City

6,593,409

Crisis Aid International

Foreign Missions

St. Louis

5,464,946

 

 

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Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a freelance writer who holds a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University. She has home schooled her three children and is happily married to her husband of 25 years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and coaching high school extemporaneous speaking and debate.

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