Lifestyle issues

Ideas for Action – Lifestyle issues

Information and Suggestions to Green Personal Lifestyles

A tree in a church with paper leaves

Individuals can make many positive lifestyle choices to care for the environment. One buzz phrase that is sometimes used is to ‘live more simply that others may simply live’. Jesus gave a profound understanding to simple lifestyles. When preaching the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that you cannot worship both God and money (Matthew 6:24) and called people not to store up riches on earth but in heaven, for our heart will be where our riches are (Matthew 6:19-21).

Green choices are not simply about living today that others may have life tomorrow, but more profoundly that true life is found when we seek a fulfilling relationship with God rather than seeking fulfilment through material possessions.

This Green Choices module helps individuals to think about their personal lifestyle and to make choices that reflect a care for the earth and respect for their neighbours around the world. Some of these choices will save money too!

Download the latest version: Lifestyle Issues

Additional Resources

Spiritual Living

Offers a renewed vision of the world and alternative way of living; a virtual Christian community to be part of! It is not a long list of “dos” and “don’ts”, but a journey of discovery, seeking to live with delight and gentleness in God’s World.

Enables you to calculate the carbon dioxide you are currently emitting, gives advice as to how to reduce it, and enables you to give to tree planting projects in Ghana where local people’s livelihoods are enhanced.

Practical Living

Lots of information about all aspects of lifestyle from building to growing and cooking. They run courses.

A wealth of up to date information and advice is available from the Energy Saving Trust website.

A great website for finding out more about making your home more energy efficient and generating your own energy.

Ethical Advice websites

Ethical Consumer | Ethical Exchange |

Ethical Shopping websites


Note on using the Ideas for Action

Ideas for Action have been designed to fit into church life and support and enhance church mission. They were designed collaboratively with churches to provide a resource that is not a textbook, but a toolkit, to suit all the different varieties of church life represented in the Eco-Congregation programme.

All congregations using our Ideas for Action should first register, and registered churches can also order printed copies. Find out how to register, or contact us if you’d like to know more.

All our resources may be freely copied and distributed within your church, but please accredit Eco-Congregation.