Money Makes Change: Spending

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?

Using 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?

Learn more about the impact of your spending

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. 

Take a look at the spending-related resources and blog posts at the bottom of this page.

Take action

Look for accredited marks and schemes that tell you more about the ethics of a product or company. For example:

Choose to support businesses that have a positive impact, like social enterprises, B Corps and co-operatives. Support local businesses that serve your community.  

Call on businesses to behave better. Whether that’s around 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.

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.

Help your church ‘buy better’

Download the Ethical Buying Guide for churches

Find out how your church can use its 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? 

Try our Bridging the Gap quiz or Guided prayer resource if you want to reflect on the decisions you make with money, including your everyday spending.

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.

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