Take action as an individual

..what does the Lord require of you but to do justice love mercy walk humbly with your God?

Can the choices we make with money change the world for the better?

Questions around how we use, share and act justly with money are found throughout the Bible.  

The Money Makes Change resources and events equip you to make connections between money, faith and the change you want to see in the world. 

Take action now to seek justice, love your neighbour and care for creation. Explore the sections below to find out more.

If you are already joining the dots between your faith and your finances, we encourage you to share these ideas and resources with others. If you’d like to invite a speaker to your church, group or workplace, please get in touch.  

Looking for church resources? Get your church involved here

Take action

Explore the actions below to start connecting your faith and your finances. There are lots of steps you can take to help shape a fairer, more sustainable world. 

What do you know about your bank’s values and practices? It’s important to think about how your money is being used. 

If you have a pension it may be invested in companies and sectors you view as harmful. Is it time to take a closer look at your pension?

If you have savings and investments, use them to ensure a more hopeful future for everyone. 

  • Ethical investment is not just for the wealthy. You could save a small amount each month in an ethical stocks & shares ISA or savings account, or use a crowdfunding platform to help a social enterprise get started. The Big Exchange, Ethex and Energise Africa all offer accessible ways to get started. 
  • Decide what you want to AVOID (choose not to invest in) and EMBRACE (choose to invest in for positive change). Think about where you might use your investments to ENGAGE with companies (for example through shareholder action).  
  • Seek out funds that are trying to shape a fairer, more sustainable world. Good with Money has a useful guide to ethical and sustainable funds.  
  • Share our ethical investment article with friends, family or your church. 
  • We can’t give financial advice so you may want to contact an independent financial adviser. The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) directory is a good place to start. 
Your spending choices as a consumer, along with your voice as a campaigner, can start to shape a better world. 

As an individual you may feel like you are too small to make a difference, but together we can hold companies accountable. Here are just a few ways you can take action:   

  • Get involved with Church Action for Tax Justice and campaign for a fairer, greener tax system where individuals and corporations pay their fair share. 
  • Speak up for garment workers’ rights with Labour behind the Label
  • Join the campaign for a real Living Wage or get involved in the Fair Energy Campaign with Citizens UK. 
  • Support the work of the London Mining Network who monitor human rights abuses and stand alongside mining-affected communities around the world.
  • Become an AGM Activist with Share Action. Ask powerful questions to challenge the bosses of the world’s largest companies on the issues that matter to everyone.

Changing your approach to money and speaking out for justice requires courage and commitment. Take time to reflect on what you feel called to do. 

  • Use our guided prayer resource to prayerfully review the decisions you make with money or use this simple prayer 

God of love, help me to listen to what you require of me 
To understand your challenge to do justice, 
To be moved by your call to love kindness, 
To see more clearly the way to walk humbly with You. 
Help me be a wise, just and generous steward  
of the resources entrusted to me, 
To shape a fairer world for all. 
Amen