In December of 2000, a group of ministers from SC, NC, NJ, and OH met to share their hearts’ burden concerning the need for fellowship. Though their congregations were “autonomous”, they acknowledged the sincere need for personal and doctrinal accountability and a deeper sense of connectedness to others within the Body of Christ. Several in the group were already well acquainted and bonded with each other. All agreed that the existing relationships would benefit by being taken to a greater, more official level. Therefore, out of that meeting was formed a covenant group, The Christian Covenant Fellowship of Ministries (CCFM). Bishop Blue was selected to lead this fledgling fellowship.

 The group of leaders agreed to gather for a conference in May 2001 in Marion, SC, at the then newly erected Door of Hope Christian Church sanctuary. The first conference was a tremendous success as the leaders and their congregants came together to worship, to pray, to study, and to strategize for more effectiveness in their locales. It became clear to all that this was not merely a good idea, but a God-idea.

 Since those initial gatherings in 2000 and 2001, tremendous growth has occurred in the Fellowship and in the Conference. The churches / ministries affiliated with the Fellowship are variously located: SC, NC, GA, FL, VA, MD, NJ, PA, NY, IL, OH, WI, IN. Throughout the years, these covenant ministries have endeavored to complement each other’s works --- through love, prayer, visits of encouragement, and the sharing of other resources. These things precipitated an increasing momentum. The meeting was entirely housed at The Door of Hope until 2005, after which the evening sessions (and Friday / Saturday day sessions) were relocated to the Florence Civic Center

Since we have been located at the Civic Center, the Conference has grown. Speakers have included Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Carolyn Showell, Pastor Sheryl Brady, Bishop John Francis, Dr. Marvin Sapp, Pastor Kimberly Ray, Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor Darlene Bishop, Pastor Suzie Owens, Bishop Harold Ray, Dr. Mark Chironna, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Pastor Jamal Bryant, Bishop Liston Page, Jr., Pastor Sheryl Brady, Bishop Norman Wagner, Bishop Andrew Merritt, Dr. Kelley Varner, Pastor Marvin Winans, Bishop Bobby Hilton, Bishop Melvin Lambert, Bishop Charles McDowell. Musical guests have included Brian Courtney Wilson, Jason Nelson, William Murphy III, Earnest Pugh, Martha Munizzi, Maurette Brown-Clark, Blanche McAllister-Dykes, The Anointed Pace Sisters, Wendi H. Wyatt, James Fortune, Leandria Johnson, Youthful Praise, Kathy Taylor, Eddie James, Stephen Hurd, and Kierra Sheard.

In the CCFM Conference, we have offered adult seminars on leadership, entrepreneurship, mental and physical health, marriage, single-life, finances, men’s issues, women’s issues, HIV/STD awareness, as well as training for pastors, associate ministers, music ministry and other aspects of church development, legal matters for churches, and many other facets of life and ministry.

 We also have offered K4K2 (The Kingdom Is For Kids, Too!) – a Children’s / Youth Conference -  concurrently with the day sessions of the CCFM Conference, officially since 2007,  in which we have featured NBA player Raymond Felton, other motivational speakers, inspirational speakers, music concerts, sports events, roller skating events, arts and crafts, anti-gang presentations, anti-drug presentations, puppet presentations, youth band, choir, step, drama / mime, dance, college preparatory seminars. Of course, we feed them! We have picked up (and taken back) children / youth from daycare centers, various neighborhoods, and youth centers.

Admission to our Conference has always been free to all, but Registration is strongly encouraged! For more information about the CCFM Fellowship, The CCFM Conference, the benefits of registration, or any other related topic, call 843-423-0340, email thedoorofhope@gmail.com, visit www.ccfm.org,  or write / visit The Door of Hope Christian Church, 401 Martin L. King Blvd., Marion, SC, 29571.

 CCFM passionately believes that all people are created and empowered by God to lead, and that this leadership has the potential to effect positive, lasting impact upon the culture.