Money Makes Change:
By making more ethical spending choices and holding companies to account we can start to shape a fairer, greener world.
Money and discipleship
Jesus taught his disciples: in everything do to others as you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12). If we apply this to the whole of our lives, this includes the way we spend money and how we interact with the economy. What values are at the heart of our spending?
The cost of what we spend
We are connected to others every time we spend money – to farmers, producers, small businesses and multi-national companies. Do we buy what we want, or what we need? What questions do we ask about the products we buy and the companies we buy from?
Our purchasing power
Churches and other faith communities have been influential in movements for trade justice and in campaigning for businesses to pay the Real Living Wage. By making more ethical choices and engaging with the businesses we buy from, we can help tackle inequality and care for creation.
What can I do?
As Christians, we are called to seek right relationships with our neighbours and the earth.
We can do this is through paying attention to our spending and making more ethical choices. We can hold companies to account where they are causing harm, and call for regulation that ensures all businesses work for the common good.
Look for accredited marks and schemes that tell you more about the ethics of a product or company. For example:
Call on businesses to behave better. Whether that’s on climate action, tackling modern slavery or reducing plastic pollution, use your voice. Show that there’s demand from customers for change. Our Ethical Buying guide for churches has ideas for campaigning.
Overconsumption puts huge demands on our planet. You might ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ already, but what about ‘rethink’ (do I need it?), ‘rehome’ (what will I do with things I no longer need?) or ‘repair’ (through one of the growing network of repair cafes).
Green Christian’s Plenty! course is a great resource for exploring the topic of consumerism.
Share your story
Have you changed your spending habits? Have you asked a company to make a change for the better? Contact us and share your #MoneyMakesChange story.
God’s planet is too precious not to be looking at all areas of our expenditure. We buy Fairtrade goods and ethical cleaning products and have changed to a renewable energy provider.Linda and Mike (Southend)
I support Black-owned businesses to help close the racial wealth gap and strengthen local communities.ange.Cherrelle (London)
Ethical buying guide
Use your church’s purchasing power to help shape a fairer, greener world.
Reflect and pray
What steps could you take to form fairer, greener habits with your spending?
may my spending choices bear witness to the hope of a world turned upside down,
where the last shall be first,
where people matter more than profit,
where nature is nurtured
and where peace and justice reign.
Share with others
I’m trying to make more ethical spending choices, to connect my faith and my finances. Check out the #MoneyMakesChange resources for individuals and churches.