Vision and values
What Community Money Advice does
Personal debt has blighted this nation for many years and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Debt issues impact on many different areas of life, often causing illness, mental health issues, relationship breakdown, isolation and in extreme cases, suicide.
Community Money Advice (CMA) is a charity dedicated to supporting and helping community groups, churches and groups of churches set up free, face to face debt advice centres in their neighbourhood.
Why Community Money Advice does what it does
Community Money Advice exists to help establish free face-to-face debt advice services in local communities. This vision is driven by the christian beliefs at the heart of Community Money Advice, inspired by the compassion God has shown to us, we are driven to show mercy, kindness and compassion to others.
If anyone sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3 vs 17 & 18
God has compassion for the poor and he has called for his people to be active in helping those who are disadvantaged in their communities. This was exemplified in the Old Testament through the people of Israel who were commanded to care for the poor in practical ways and to ensure that the principles of justice and mercy were practiced throughout society. In this days, specific measures were put into place to address the issue of personal indebtedness. Whilst the prophets frequently reminded the people of their responsibilities to care for the poor.
Jesus proclaimed God’s concern for all oppressed people and he lived out this concern through acts of mercy, miracles, healings and his own sacrificial death. The church is commanded to follow his example through their direct involvement in meeting the needs of the poor. Paul commanded the church to “remember the poor” and also to “do good to all people.”
CMA seeks to fulfil this God-given mandate by applying these principles to the issue of money management and personal debt. We believe this is a central issue in our society requiring the application of God’s justice and mercy. Hence CMA’s strategy is to equip churches and other community groups to be able to set people free from debt and give them a real hope for the future
Psalm 116:5, Psalm 145:9, Matthew 15:32, 2 Corinthians 1:3, Exodus 23:6, Leviticus19:9, Leviticus 25:8-55, Nehemiah 5:1-13, Deuteronomy 15:1-6, Leviticus 25:39-43, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 1:17, Jeremiah 22:3, Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 4:23-25, Acts 10:38, Galatians 2:10, Galatians 6:10a
“If it wasn’t for you – I wouldn’t be here today. God bless you all.”