Partnering with CAP: Richard Cooke

calendar18 July 2016

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Partnering with CAP: Richard Cooke

We were running a Foodbank and through that we saw a great need for debt help in our community, so we came up to Jubilee Mill to see what CAP was about.

The quality of the service and the infrastructure really stood out to us. I loved the passion and the ethos too. My passion is all about people and CAP shares that passion: that people matter. Jesus looked at the crowd and had compassion on them. CAP helps us to show that compassion by keeping it real and relevant.

We are adopting people from our CAP services into church. We’re now having to put on two services for the 600-700 people who come on a Sunday. And we are pastorally supporting well over 1,000 people, whether they come to church on a Sunday or not. That’s been a natural growth for us, and our biggest shift in evangelism. We just incorporate the wider family into people’s lives. The other day, I heard a bank manager from our church doing mock interviews for our job club members. The demographics of our church has changed, so that we really reflect the community we’re in.

To other church leaders considering running a CAP service I would say: is there something deep within you that wants to help these beautiful people? Because if so, then I can wholeheartedly 100% say go for it! You’ve got to live it and embody it, so be prepared to get involved.

CAP gives us a daily tangible inspiration as to why we do church. We have so many amazing stories. CAP interrupts our days to prompt us to go and help people, and that’s exactly what we need.

Richard Cooke is Senior Leader at The Bridge Church in Bolton. He is married to Anna and they have four children. As a church, they partner with CAP to run a debt centre and job club.

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