Fayetteville Cumberland County Ministerial Council, Inc. was established in 1957 during the turbulence of the Civil Rights Movement. Founding President, Dr. Aaron Johnson, along with other ministers and pastors, formed the Council to provide guidance and stability during this this difficult phase of our nation’s history. The Council was not only formed to be a voice within the community but was also formed to promote unity and togetherness for the overall well-being for all the citizens of Cumberland County.
The guiding principle of FCCMC is that “We Are Better Together,” fostering the conviction that when we come together and work together in unity, our whole community s better overall. Moreover, when working together, we come closer to Dr. King’s concept of the Beloved Community.
FCCMC, with a history of 60 years, remains one of the oldest Ministerial Alliances in Fayetteville and in the whole state of North Carolina.
FCCMC is a non-profit organizational designed to serve and meet the needs of the community and its people. FCCMC has a proud history and tradition of serving and giving back to the community. All donations and proceeds received from the community are quickly returned back to the community. Listed below are just a few community activities and acts of benevolence provided by or supported by FCCMC.
Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast and Worship Service:
(Main source of funding Annual Scholarships).
Annual MLK Art Contest:
An art contest held during the MLK events. It is open to middle and high school students, with monetary awards given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners ($100, $75, $50 respectively).
First Annual Spoken Word Contest:
A poetry contest in tradition of spoken word.
Annual Good Friday Worship Service:
Annual service sponsored by a Faith Leader of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Ministerial Council.
Annual Scholarship and Community Awards Banquet:
A minimum of $10,000 is awarded annually to local and high school graduates, with each receiving $1,000. Two financial awards are given to assist individuals and/or non-profits in their services rendered to the community. Over the past six years, approximately $70,000 has been returned to support our community through these endowments.
Annual Fighting for the Family:
A prayer rally and vigil to raise community awareness to the plight of the American Family as the foundation of our society.
Homeless and Hunger Stand Down:
Fayetteville Ministerial Council, Inc. partners with HHSD in helping to alleviate the needs of veterans, the homeless and the hungry in Cumberland County. Food, clothing, social, mental health and other services are provided to thousands each year.
Educational Awareness Sunday of Togetherness (E.A.S.T):
FCCMC secured City and County Proclamations naming the 2nd Sunday in February each year as a day of uniting in prayer and support of our schools, Pre-K through College. On that Sunday, all places of worship, regardless to creed or denomination, are asked to pray for our schools, children, and administration. They are also encouraged, in whatever way they chose, to celebrate the schools, recognize teachers and students, and show support for the institutions that have the care and well-being of our children and youth.