Interactive Workshop

What is the Workshop?

We want to make it easy for Christians to make connections between their faith and their finances. This interactive workshop resource gives you everything you need to start that conversation and explore how the choices we make around money can change the world for the better.

The workshop is for everyone! You could use it with your congregation, church council, Quaker meeting, Churches Together or fellowship group, or as the basis for a Lent course, a church away day or a Café Church session. 

It’s designed to be accessible for people exploring connections between faith and finance for the first time and for those who want to move from reflection to action.

The Leader’s Notes (download below) includes the introduction and first section of the workshop. If you’d like the complete resource, please e-mail us at info@eccr.org.uk and we’ll gladly send it to you for free!

Where do I start and what do I need?

In this short 10 minute video, Rosie, our National Programme Manager, caught up with Colin Darling to ask for his top tips. Colin developed material for the Money Makes Change workshop resource as part of an ECCR project in the West Midlands and shares his wisdom on how to get groups talking about faith and money, how to handle sensitive topics and how to help people to move from discussion to action.

 

We want this resource to be as flexible as possible so that you can use it in different contexts. The workshop is made up of “conversations” that last between 15–45 minutes and you have the option to explore further with the “Going Deeper” resources (see below). 

You could pick and mix the conversations and activities to run a ‘taster’ session, combine 3 or 4 conversations into a longer workshop or facilitate all the conversations over several weeks. 

There’s an introductory section – ‘Making a Start’ – to get the conversation going. We have split the material into different thematic conversations, ending with ‘Making a Change’. 

You’ll need a space to meet (either physically or online), this handbook and bit of time to prepare. You may find it helpful to have equipment to show the PowerPoint slides or to link to a video. You could also run a simpler session around a table at a local café.

Resources to help you

We’ve developed a series of resources to help you run a workshop with your church, small group or meeting. These can be found below:  

Leader’s Notes needed to guide your small group, church or meeting through the Money Makes Change workshop. Click here to download the introduction and first chapter of the workshop. Please contact us on info@eccr.org.uk for the full booklet or if you would like a hard copy. 

An optional PowerPoint for use in the Money Makes Change Workshop. This PowerPoint can be used alongside the Leader’s Notes. Click here for the PowerPoint or here for a PDF version.

The workshop includes a number of worksheets and handouts for participants to work through. These can be downloaded here.

Throughout the workshop, there are opportunities to explore topics further and to “go deeper”. These resources can be found here

A video about our friend, Sam, who is thinking about how his faith and his finances can be better aligned. This 2 minute video can help provide an introduction to the issues explored in the Money Makes Change programme. 

The Leader’s Notes includes the introduction and first section of the workshop. If you’d like the complete resource, please e-mail us at info@eccr.org.uk and we’ll gladly send it to you for free!

We’d love to know how widely the resource is being used so it would be helpful if you could include your name, town/city and church or organisation (if applicable).