ADVICE: Pastors play a key role in leading their congregation but they often need help on financial matters
MANY CHURCH leaders who suffer with personal finance problems do so in silence.
That is why two leading Christian charities have joined forces to launch a specialised service for church leaders experiencing spiralling personal debts to address the issues they are facing.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and Stewardship have set up CAP Money Ministers, a free, non-judgemental and confidential telephone service for senior church leaders that helps them with their financial issues.
CAP's Chief Executive Matt Barlow explained: “We know there is a problem because we already have church leaders coming to us as clients. They are often paid very little or their pay can fluctuate. Often there are unfair expectations placed upon our church leaders and admitting any vulnerability can be so hard."
CAP and Stewardship's ambition for CAP Money Ministers is to see more senior church leaders come forward and share their anxieties, however bad, with a dedicated member of CAP's debt counselling team.
One church pastor contacted CAP after unexpected expenses left him in debt and caused him to take out a loan to pay for essentials.
He said: “Being in debt is a massive taboo subject especially for a church leader. Who can you confide in? You worry that your ministry will be affected if people in your church learn of your struggle. The great thing that CAP did for us was to give us hope."
Hope that we could sort out the debt, hope that it wouldn't last forever. We have also found that we are better equipped to help people in the church who have financial problems. We truly can say: ‘We've been there. We know how you feel'."
For more details please visit www.capmoney. org/ ministers