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Who We Are

Faith and Money Network equips people to transform their relationship with money, to live with integrity and intentionality, and to participate in creating a more equitable world.

Many people of faith in today’s economy are searching for meaning beyond their work and consumption, for deeper relationships, for a part in a more sustainable economy that supports all people as well as our planet. Faith and Money Network equips people to explore the many aspects of their relationship with money within the grounding of their faith.

At the core of Faith and Money Network events is the space and freedom to ask questions and find one’s own answers. Our programs create an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality that empowers people to get in touch with their beliefs, attitudes, and actions regarding money. Whether in a workshop setting or on a Trip of Perspective, people at a Faith and Money Network event can engage with experienced, faithful leaders and other thoughtful participants around the deep issues of money and faith.

We do this by exploring our relationship to money in terms of biblical, social, environmental and economic justice dimensions, so that we may openly discuss and confront the power of money in our lives and relationships.

Mike Little

Mike Little leads the inward and outward work of Faith and Money Network as director. Within the network, Mike fosters relationships with individuals and churches, leading reflections and discussions on the role of money in our lives as people of faith and in our work as the community of faith. He is building a range of resources that individuals and churches can use to explore spirituality and money.

Mike serves as the lead money mentor, listening to and accompanying individuals who want to deepen their understanding of how money shapes their lives and take actions consistent with that depth of understanding. His regular Facebook posts and e-mail newsletters keep members up- to-date on relevant news and what he and other people are writing and thinking about faith and money issues. Mike also broadens the discussion into new places. He preaches and teaches in churches throughout the US and Canada, helping them figure out a new definition of stewardship— stewardship not as a fundraising campaign but as a way of life.

Since he began as director in 2007, Mike has led trips of perspective in Haiti, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, and the US. Mike has consulted extensively with nonprofits to help them clarify the role of money in their personal and organizational lives and develop the spiritual grounding to raise money to fund their missions. Serving on several boards of directors over the past 25 years, Mike is currently on the board for Life Asset Financial Center, an emerging Church of the Saviour ministry that provides access to financial services for people who face barriers to using traditional financial institutions.

Mike Little has spent more than two decades working with Church of the Saviour ministries in Washington, DC, in the areas of homelessness, addictions, affordable housing, and job services.

Mike has a life-long commitment to Christ-centered, justice-seeking movements for social change. He lives in the DC area with his wife and two children.

 

History

Faith and Money Network began its work more than 30 years ago as Ministry of Money. Founder Don McClanen recognized the relationship between money and fear and anger, and he realized that few people addressed these problems from the perspective of their faith. As a first step, Don recruited his mission group within the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, to spend a year working with money. The mission group members reported becoming freer from anxiety about their financial situations and freer to use their money creatively. Based on this experience, the first Ministry of Money workshop was held in 1976.

Hundreds of faith and money workshops have been held since then, providing time, community and resources for thousands of people of faith to explore their relationship with money from the roots of their spiritual beliefs and values.

Pilgrimages of reverse mission began in the late 1980s, taking small groups of people to places of economic poverty from India to Palestine to Haiti to experience how some communities live in great faith though in few financial resources.

At least two groups have spun off from Ministry of Money. Don McClanen formed Harvest Time, answering a call to work specifically with the very wealthy. The Women’s Perspective began within Ministry of Money in the late 1980s, and in early 2001 became an independent nonprofit to provide education for women seeking to understand their spiritual and economic power.

After more than 30 years of faithful work, Ministry of Money changed its name to Faith and Money Network. This new name inspires and guides our vision to equip people to transform their relationship with money, to live with integrity and intentionality, and to participate in creating a more equitable world.

Faith and Money Network BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Frank Butler, Emeritus Member
Topsfield, MA

Rev. Roger Desir
Centre Anglican d’Haiti
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Betsy Grooms Edmonds
Washington, DC

Kathy Guillaume
Washington, DC

Robert Hadley, Secretary
Dayton, OH

Kaci Jensen, Treasurer
Boise, ID

Margee Kooistra
Harrisburg, PA

Andy Loving
Louisville, KY

Jim Marsh Jr.
Washington, DC

Dave Osgood
Sunriver, OR

Judy Osgood, Vice-President
Sunriver, OR

Rev. Kelvin Sauls
New York, NY 10115

Harriet Taylor
Silver Spring, MD

Paul Taylor, President
Fair Oaks, CA

Susan Taylor
Louisville, KY