Churches Give Practical Guidance in Hard Times

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Church is usually associated with helping people with their spiritual needs, but the tough economy has two North Carolina churches spreading the gospel in a very practical way.

Scotts Hill Baptist Church believes in sharing the good news --that includes teaching people in the community how to find a job in today's slumping economy.

"Jesus was a really practical guy and a lot of times He would meet the physical need... the perceived need, before He would try and teach spiritually," explained Elisabeth Sanders-Park.

Sanders-Park is a career development author and also a Christian.

When she heard about how many people were having a tough time finding work, she put her faith into action-- volunteered to teach a three-day series on job hunting and interview etiquette at her church.

"People can't hear the good news over the rumbling of their stomachs," she proclaimed.

For some, the help is an answer to prayer.

"I just thought 'Oh thank God' somebody who is going to help me, who is coming from the same perspective," said one attendee, Susan Melton.

The seminar isn't just for Christians. Sanders-Park says "whosoever will, let them come."

"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," she said.

And it's not just the Scotts Hill church.

New Beginnings Christian Church has partnered with other churches to organize a financial summit for people in their community. The church's leader, Rev. Robert Campbell, says helping those who need a hand up is what church is really all about.

"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," he said. "It's our role to just help them to understand and get the information about what they can do in this tough season."

*Originally aired July 10, 2009

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