Churches are failing their members and communities by avoiding talking openly about money and debt, says the Evangelical Alliance, which is organising a seminar on the topic with input from Credit Action and the Church of England.
The Alliance wants to equip churches to avoid shying away from money taboos and to address financial issues directly, particularly in the current financial climate. The 'Money; Let's Talk' seminar, as part of the Pentecost Festival, will provide a positive way of taking up this challenge.
The day's sessions will be led and informed by Chris Tapp, Director of Credit Action and John Preston, the National Stewardship and Resources Officer for the Church of England.
Chris Tapp commented: "Money is generally seen as a very private subject and this all too often leads to reluctance on the part of churches in discussing financial matters. However it is an absolutely crucial issue for Christians to tackle, especially today when so many in our churches and communities are struggling desperately with money and debt issues."
Tapp continued: "Unfortunately pastors and church leaders may feel ill-equipped to address the topic and that's why we want to give practical advice and encouragement to people who can then teach and support others in the area of money management.
'Money; Let's Talk' is a fabulous opportunity to do this."
The seminar, hosted by the Evangelical Alliance on Saturday 30 May, from 2-5pm, at Church.co.uk, will look at how Christians may respond to the economic situation and address financial concerns. It will emphasise the vital contribution Christians must make in their local area and how to participate in the ongoing conversation.
Through interactive group discussions and expert speakers, 'Money; Let's Talk' will examine how we talk about money and the vital role that churches must play in fighting insecurity, unemployment and debt, say its organisers. "This event aims to enlighten, encourage and equip attendees to teach and support others in these areas of life."
Money; Let's Talk is part of the Alliance's Life Beyond Debt campaign and is free to attend. Those interested in participating in the discussion are asked to register at www.eauk.org/lifebeyonddebt. When registering online, attendees are given an opportunity to win two free cinema tickets to see the film 'Son of Man', showing at 6pm on the same day in Leicester Square.