The Christian Service Mission (CSM) was founded in 1971 by Johnny Lynch. Mr. Lynch was a benevolent man who wanted to serve the least of these in the Birmingham community. CSM has served Birmingham in a variety of ways from thrift store operations, to setting up shelters for women, to food distribution. From the 1980s through the year 2000, CSM operated Food Source, which networked resources and distributed food to 60,000 families every month in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. In 2005, CSM was involved in Hurricane Katrina relief work serving both Birmingham and New Orleans.
From 2006 through 2009, CSM went through changes in organizational structure and new leadership to refocus on its purpose and ministry. Since 2010, CSM has transitioned to an asset-based community development strategy, placing a greater emphasis on building healthier communities in the Birmingham area. The Bible states in James 1:22, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (NIV) and we were compelled to follow accordingly.