Discover a better way to help people in poverty overcome financial challenges

Get trained to help low-income people learn to manage their money well—even if you're not a financial expert!

Struggling to help people in your community break out of poverty?

Do you feel like you’re trying to help people—but it’s not working?

As Christians, we know we should do something about poverty in our communities. But here’s the reality: low-income people in the United States face an overwhelming maze of financial obstacles. 

Predatory lending, poor credit, low financial literacy, broken relationships, and many other factors often keep people trapped in poverty. Without the right tools and a supportive community, it’s almost impossible to escape the cycle. 

There are lots of financial education tools out there—but most aren’t designed for people living at the poverty line. Let’s face it: when someone is struggling to make ends meet, advice on retirement accounts and mortgages just isn’t relevant.

At the Chalmers Center, we know how difficult ministry work can feel. We’ve launched our own ministries with the poor, and made plenty of mistakes.

When you’re busy running a ministry, you don’t have the time, resources, and skills to create your own solution. There’s got to be a better way to help people in poverty learn how to steward their money well!

Through resources like bestselling book When Helping Hurts, we’ve helped thousands of church and nonprofit leaders like you think differently about poverty, and do something about it.

Along the way, we’ve discovered a better way to help people who are poor overcome financial challenges: Faith & Finances!

Faith & Finances Facilitator Certification Training

Through Faith & Finances training, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to launch and lead a 12-week financial education class for low-income adults at your church or nonprofit.

Ready to get started? Discover how you can get trained!

Is Faith & Finances certification right for you?

In our experience, our training and curriculum work best for people who:

  • Are located in the U.S.

    Faith & Finances curriculum is designed for use with low-income people in the United States.

  • Know people living in poverty

    Do you have existing relationships with people you can invite to your first Faith & Finances class?

  • Have support from key leaders

    Is the leadership of your church or organization on board with Faith & Finances?

  • Have a team of helpers

    Do you have 2-10 people ready to help you launch Faith & Finances at your church or ministry?

Sound like you? Take the next step!

How Faith & Finances facilitator certification works

To start a Faith & Finances ministry at your church or nonprofit, you’ll need to get certified through our facilitator training program. Here’s how it works:

Get Trained

Find a Live Training near you, OR choose Online Training and get certified where you are.

Launch Your Ministry

Mobilize a team to help you launch a Faith & Finances ministry at your church or nonprofit.

Stay Connected

Get ongoing support from your peers and our network of Faith & Finances Lead Trainers

Ready to get started? Let's find the training option that fits you best.

Experience the benefits of Faith & Finances

With Faith & Finances, your church or nonprofit can move beyond band-aid solutions and love your low-income neighbors in a better way!

Help people in a biblical, effective way

Faith & Finances offers a biblical approach to the root causes of poverty. 

Gain skills to help people manage their money well

Understand the financial realities of life at the poverty line—and help people overcome them.

Focus on relationships instead of programs

Spend your time with the people you serve instead of trying to build your own financial education tools.

Become part of a community that cares

Join a supportive national network of 700+ churches and ministries we’ve trained in Faith & Finances.

Why Faith & Finances is different

Most financial education tools aren't designed for people in poverty.

Faith & Finances is different!

Faith & Finances Most Financial Education Tools
Addresses financial challenges of life near the poverty line

For example: getting banked, avoiding predatory lenders, saving for emergencies

Address financial challenges of middle/upper income

For example: credit card debt, mortgages, investing, saving for retirement

Takes an interactive, relational approach to learning Rely on “head knowledge” from financial experts
Appeals to many learning styles and education levels Appeal to people used to traditional classroom learning
Deep biblical integration Optional biblical content
Requires only basic financial knowledge to lead Require some financial background to lead
End goal is Christ-centered flourishing End goal is individual financial independence

What you’ll learn during Faith & Finances training

  • A biblical foundation for helping people who are poor
  • How to use our Faith & Finances curriculum effectively
  • Best practices for teaching financial basics to low-income adults
  • How to lead engaging classroom discussion
  • Ways to help class participants track income and expenses
  • How to plan and launch your Faith & Finances ministry
  • Tips on recruiting and training volunteers to help you
  • Plus much more!

Meet your expert guides

During Faith & Finances training, you'll learn from the best!

Our training is led by our nationwide network of experienced Faith & Finances Lead Trainers.

They're people just like you who have successfully started financial education ministries at their own churches or nonprofits.

They know what works, and what doesn't—and they'll be there to guide you every step of the way.

Michael Rhodes
Chris Oliver
Andrew Feil
Antonia Alzate
Nora Zaring
Carlos Huerta
Matt Seadore
Larry Hodges
Eugene Norris
Lori Haskell
Sean Landolt
Nate Paulk

What people are saying about Faith & Finances

We’ve trained more than 700 churches and nonprofits to start Faith & Finances ministries in their communities. Here’s what a few of them have to say:

Ben Gibson

Faith & Finances is easy to use. It’s not hard to understand at all—not only for the facilitator, but also for the participants, who we really want to make it accessible and easy for.”

Ben Gibson
East Point, GA

Vicki Conn

“We had budget coaching before Faith & Finances, but this has made the process so much more transformational. It's changed the lives of our participants—and of our volunteers.”

Vicki Conn
Millersburg, OH

Matt Seadore

Faith & Finances can help people make really large changes in their lives. If you want to do the best thing for people who are materially poor, do Faith & Finances.”

Matt Seadore
Atlanta, GA

Get started with Faith & Finances

Live Training Get trained at a live workshop with other people from across the country

$450 per person

Travel & lodging expenses not included

  • Participate in a 4-week online course plus a 2-day live workshop with an expert Lead Trainer
  • At the end of the live training event, all attendees will be certified as facilitators

Online Training Get trained with 2-10 people from your church or nonprofit—anytime, anywhere

$450 per team

Up to 10 team members

  • Complete a 6-unit online course with your team at your own pace
  • Certify up to 3 facilitators on your team—the rest of your group members will be trained as volunteers

Note: to participate in our online courses, you'll need some basic computer equipment. Check out our frequently asked questions for more info.

How Faith & Finances is changing lives

Hundreds of churches and nonprofits have helped their low-income neighbors experience lasting transformation through Faith & Finances. Here are just a couple examples:

Maurice Lattimore

“Three years ago, I had no bank account and no sense of security financially. Now I have financial security, and I’ve been more socially connected through personal relationships. Faith & Finances has definitely made a difference in my life and in my world.”

Maurice Lattimore
Atlanta, GA

Pamela Adams

“I’m paying my bills on time, I’m saving money, and I have a banking account that I keep up with. I quit spending money on things that I didn’t need to have. It’s helped me tremendously.”

Pamela Adams
Chattanooga, TN

Frequently asked questions

Who should get certified in Faith & Finances?

If you...

  • Are located in the United States
  • Are doing ministry work with people who are poor at your church or nonprofit
  • Have buy-in from the leadership at your organization
  • Have a team of people ready to help you get started

…then congratulations! Faith & Finances will be a great addition to your ministry. 

If that doesn’t sound like you, check out other products from the Chalmers Center that can help you get ready for Faith & Finances.

I already have a Faith & Finances ministry and need to certify a new facilitator.

That's great news - we're glad to hear your program is growing! We offer a course specifically for new volunteers joining an existing Faith & Finances ministry.

The online course is completed by the individual, but they will connect with the existing volunteers at various points in the course to learn more about how the program works in your specific context. After completing the course and all required assignments, the individual will be able to purchase curriculum, get access to facilitator-level resources, and lead a 12-week Faith & Finances class.

To register for this course, click here and choose the first registration option: New Volunteer @ Existing F&F's Site.

Will Faith & Finances work for my church or nonprofit?

We’ve trained more than 700 churches and nonprofits all over the country to start Faith & Finances ministries in their communities. We’re confident that after completing our training, you’ll be prepared to join the ranks of these passionate folks!

If you encounter challenges getting started, our network of Lead Trainers will be there to lend support and offer expert coaching to help you succeed.

What’s the difference between Live Training and Online Training?

Live Training is for individuals and small teams who love meeting and learning from people from various backgrounds who are passionate about helping people in poverty! The advantage of Live Training is that you get feedback and face-to-face time with a Lead Trainer and your peers as you learn. However, it is a greater investment—$450 per person, plus travel expenses.

Online Training teaches you the same valuable skills—but you don’t have to pay for a plane ticket or hotel room! Instead, you’ll rally your own local team of 2-10 people to learn online by watching videos and completing online and offline assignments together. If your church or ministry is just getting started with Faith & Finances, Online Training is a cost-effective way to equip a core group of facilitators and volunteers.

What’s included in the cost of training?

The cost of Live Training includes 4 weeks of online preparation training, 2 days of live training, 4 meals plus snacks and beverages during the live training, and copies of our Faith & Finances Facilitator Guide and Participant Guide.

The cost of Online Training includes 6 units of online study with videos, discussion, and learning activities.

Both Live Training and Online Training include a Certificate of Completion, connection to a national network of fellow Faith & Finances facilitators, lifetime membership to the facilitator's Facebook group, and access to facilitator resources, including our curriculum.

How long does it take to get trained?

Live Training takes 4 weeks of online preparation training, plus 2 days of live training.

Online Training can be completed at your own pace, but generally takes about 4 weeks to complete.

What stuff do I need to get trained?

Whether you sign up for a Live Training or Online Training, you'll need a few items to participate in online learning:

  • A desktop or laptop (tablets and mobile phones are not supported)
  • A web browser (such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari; Internet Explorer is not supported)
  • An active internet connection
  • A cell phone or camera capable of recording and uploading video
Do I have to get certified to start Faith & Finances?

Yes. Our Faith & Finances curriculum is easy to use, but we’ve found that successfully starting a Faith & Finances ministry usually requires some mindset shifts for everyone involved! There’s no better way to learn than with a group of like-minded people who share a common goal. Both Live Training and Online Training are designed to help you do just that.

What topics are covered in Faith & Finances curriculum?

Check out a sample of our curriculum! Our curriculum addresses a wide range of financial basics, including:

  • How money affects our relationships
  • How values and attitudes shape money habits
  • How to overcome financial obstacles
  • How to set savings goals
  • How to create a basic budget
  • How to save money by living simply
  • How to include joyful giving in your budget
  • How to avoid debt and know your credit score
  • When to borrow money in healthy ways
  • How to open and use a bank account
  • How to prepare for emergencies
  • How to stick to new money habits
Can I order Faith & Finances curriculum without getting trained?

No. Access to our curriculum is one of the many benefits of getting certified in Faith & Finances.

Can I do the Online Training by myself?

We can’t stop you...but we don’t recommend it. Group learning is an important part of our training philosophy—because it works! Our Online Training is designed to be completed with a group of 2-10 other people from your church or nonprofit. 

If your church or nonprofit has already launched a Faith & Finances ministry and need to certify additional facilitators, please contact us for discounted rates.

Can I use Faith & Finances outside the United States?

Faith & Finances is tailored specifically to the day-to-day financial challenges faced by low-income people in the United States. We don’t recommend using it anywhere else, because it’s not culturally relevant for people living in other countries.

I have another question. How can I get in touch?

Drop us a line on our Contact Us page. We’d be glad to help!

Low-income people in the United States face a maze of financial obstacles.

You can help them overcome those challenges and learn to steward their money well.

Sign up for Faith & Finances training today!