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Your Church Can End Extreme Global Poverty, Really!

By August 10, 2015 No Comments

by Warren Bird

9780529101129_CVR.inddIt’s an incredibly bold claim: that eradicating extreme poverty can happen in this generation. But Compassion International’s Dr. Scott Todd believes it is also surprisingly realistic. His book, Hope Rising: How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation, documents recent gains that are absolutely amazing. More important, it tells stories of Christians that are making a difference at all kinds of levels.

The first key, he believes, is child sponsorship — the kind that involves both the child’s family and a local church. At present Compassion International home page reports matching 1.75 million children, each with an individual sponsor.


In this interview I ask Dr. Todd: “Be very specific. What are the most strategic specific steps a local church can take to end extreme poverty in this generation?” Take a listen, and see what he says.

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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at and He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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