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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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Warren Bird

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 ECFA.org (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 leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. 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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