Church Credit Champions Network (CCCN) Official Launch in Liverpool

The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, delivered the opening address at the official launch of the Church Credit Champions Network in Liverpool.

The CCCN has been set up to help churches to engage faithfully and effectively with issues of money, debt and credit in their communities and was officially launched on Monday in Liverpool after a succesful pilot. 

Bishop Paul led the speakers that included David Barclay from the Centre for Theology & Community, Mark Lyonette Chief Exec of ABCUL (Association of British Credit Unions Ltd), John Davis from  Together Liverpool, Church Urban Fund and Julia Webster, Webster Church Credit Champions Network Coordinator.up to Central Liverpool Credit Union on the day.

Bishop Paul said “Desperate people have been exploited by unscrupulous credit providers locking them into a crippling spiral of debt. This is a concern of the church, of the Archbishop of Canterbury and of myself. We need a conversation and we need churches to champion a fresh moral vision the practice of credit. Liverpool is leading the way in being an alternative, supporting Credit Unions and most importantly helping those in need. I pray that our churches continue to be beacons of light and champions of justice in this area”.

Churches Mutual Credit Union

Rev Joan Matthews, Chair of the House of clergy encouraged all clergy to consider signing up to the Churches Mutual Credit Union. Rev Joan said “with the launch of the Credit Champions network in Liverpool this is a simple way for the clergy to champion Credit Unions. I urge all clergy colleagues to consider taking a lead by signing up to the Churches Mutual Credit Union”. More details here - http://cmcu.org.uk/

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About the CCCN

The Church Credit Champions Network was set up to help local churches to engage faithfully and effectively with issues of money, debt and credit in their communities.

Resources are available to help churches listen both to God and to their neighbours on questions of money and then to respond through debt advice, money management and partnering with credit unions and other community finance organisations.

The Network launched in May 2014 with pilots in London and Liverpool and plans for a wider roll-out. In each locality, they aim to release and equip Credit Champions to inspire, support and mobilise their churches to transform their communities.

The Church Credit Champions Network is run by the The Centre for Theology and Community and the Church Urban Fund and is supported by The Church of England as part of #TOYOURCREDIT.

http://www.toyourcredit.org.uk/credit-champions/