Catholic or Protestant, Jewish or Buddhist, it doesn’t matter what your religion is, area churches are answering financial questions aimed at a higher power right here on Earth.
The bible says if you give a man a fish, you’ve fed him for a day…if you teach a man to fish you’ve fed him for a lifetime. At Scotts Hill Baptist Church they’re teaching community members to fish for a job in a troubling economy.
“Jesus was a really practical guy and a lot of times he would meet the physical need, sort of the perceived need before he would try and teach spiritually. And people can’t here the good news over the rumbling of their stomachs,” said Elisabeth Sanders-Park.
After hearing an overwhelming number of people struggling to find jobs, career development author Elisabeth Sanders-Park volunteered to teach a three-day series on job hunting and interview etiquette at her church.
For many community members struggling with unemployment, it was the good news they needed to hear. “I just thought ‘oh thank God’ somebody who is going to help me who is coming from the same perspective maybe,” said Susan Melton who attended the seminar.
It doesn’t matter whether you share Christian views, Sanders-park says the program is open to the entire community. “We’re doing it with the church, I would like to think that the people who are supposed to be here, that God wanted to be here, are here.”
Churches aren’t just helping with job interviews to deal with the tough financial times at New Beginnings Christian Chruch, Reverend Robert Campbell is partnering with other churches to organize a financial summit to deal with the slumping economy.
“We’re finding that it’s our role to help those who don’t have food, it’s our role to help those to pay their rent, it’s our role to just help them to understand and get the information about what they can do in this tough season,” Reverend Campbell said.
The Scotts Hill job seminar will run one more day, this Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
As for the financial summit, Reverend Campbell says the event is tentatively scheduled for July 11th. The location is still to be determined.