You might ask the question, “What has financial wellbeing to do with the church?”
Jesus was clear about the ‘den of thieves’ as he called the money lenders in the Temple and the Archbishop of Canterbury has also been clear in his message that the Church has a responsibility to take a lead in protecting people from exploitative loan sharks and payday lenders.
The Archbishop founded the Just Finance Foundation to focus our attention on this aim,
“The aim of the Just Finance Foundation is to create a fairer financial system focused on serving the whole community, where everyone has access to responsible credit and savings and other essential financial services. It will develop and implement the Archbishop of Canterbury's continuing vision of creating a fairer and more just financial system.”
TLT collaborated with Stockport Credit Union to present an event aimed at helping churches to understand how they can be a part of creating more just financial system. We were delighted to facilitate Bishop Libby in becoming a member of the Credit Union in the hope that others may follow her example.
Raising awareness of Credit Unions as an alternative to pay day lenders and loan sharks is something that churches can do.
We can offer training in a programme called ‘Cash Smart, Credit Savvy’, which is designed to help people to manage their finaces better and can be delivered by anyone who has completed the ‘train the trainers’. The first of these courses will be run in August 2018.