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:
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.
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
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.
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:
“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.”
East Point, GA
“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.”
“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.”
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
Online Training Get trained with 2-10 people from your church or nonprofit—anytime, anywhere
$450 per team
Up to 10 team members
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:
“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.”
“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.”
Frequently asked questions
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
No. Access to our curriculum is one of the many benefits of getting certified in Faith & Finances.
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.
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.