Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is running a CAP Money course in Belfast on Saturday December 4.
CAP Money is a three-session money management course designed to teach simple budgeting skills. The course is a great resource to ensure congregations are stewarding their money faithfully and is also a valuable tool for building bridges with non-church goers in the wider community
CAP, which is interdenominational, is currently working in Northern Ireland through Vineyard Church Dungannon, Magheralin Parish Church, Willowfield Parish Church, Church of God Glenmachan, Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, Greenisland Baptist Church and Vineyard Church Causeway Coast.
A CAP centre will be staffed by a member of the church congregation (who does not need to have had a background in finance) and they will make visits to the homes of people who are struggling with debt three times. The first time, they will collect the background debt information, on the second they will return with a provisional budget and then the final one they will arrive with an actual budget for them to work with for till they are debt free; which usually takes around three to five years, dependent on the size of the debt.
Ongoing financial support will be provided by the Christians Against Poverty Head Office in Bradford, and it is anticipated that the church will befriend and support the clients in other ways.
The CAP Money course in Belfast will be the last training day in Northern Ireland before 2012. A free information pack is available from www.capmoney.org/wanttorun/.