Effective Compassion


The World and Everything in It

Effective Compassion explores what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. This seasonal program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope.

Season 2, Episode 1: Ministry mindsets

Turns out, there’s more than one way to run a nonprofit. In this episode of Effective Compassion, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explore the blueprints of ministry. They dive into org charts and business models, all in the hopes of answering one very important question: Does a ministry’s structure determine its fruit?

Coming soon: Effective Compassion, Season 2

Season Two of Effective Compassion is on its way! In this preview episode, hosts Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg introduce the winner of WORLD's 2020 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion. Find out more about this ministry and how it plans to use its grand prize winnings. And get ready for the rest of Season Two. We'll tell you how the church, nonprofits and government agencies get involved in poverty fighting...and which methods produce lasting results.

Episode 12: Watered Gardens

Anna Johansen and Charissa Koh visit the winner of WORLD’s 2019 Hope Award. Watered Gardens is one ministry working to help the homeless of Missouri get back on their feet and find true hope for the future. If you have comments or questions, please email us at effectivecompassionpodcast@wng.org

Episode 11: Epilogue

Housing First. Community First. Jesus First. Every organization has a different standard of success that shapes the way they combat homelessness. In this epilogue, Marvin Olasky takes a deeper look at the ministries we’ve visited so far, and offers insight on what works and what doesn’t.

Episode 10: Community First Village

Just outside Austin city limits, hundreds of tiny homes and RV sites are scattered over 51-acres. The Community First Village is home to many formerly chronic homeless men and women. On the surface, it may look like just another housing initiative, but here, relationships transform simple houses into something much more significant. Anna Johansen and Charissa Koh visit with Alan Graham, the village founder.

Episode 9: Housing First

Downtown Austin. Anna Johansen, Charissa Koh, and Marvin Olasky visit two agencies fighting homelessness on the front lines. One agency focuses on short-term emergency shelter; the other on long-term housing. Both organizations are working to get people off the street. But should that be the primary standard of success? Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

Episode 8: Sunrise

In the midst of political wrangling, thousands of small non-profits keep working to fight poverty and homelessness across the country. But what does that look like at ground level? Anna Johansen takes a closer look at the homeless communities of south Austin and talks with pastor Mark Hilbelink about how Sunrise Community Church became a sought after social service agency.   Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.  

Episode 7: Compassionate Conservatism

In 1999, George W. Bush launched his presidential campaign as a Compassionate Conservative. Many of the policies he advocated came straight out of the playbook of 19th century poverty fighters. Soon, compassion tactics from 200 years ago were shaping national politics... and drawing criticism from all sides. This episode is about 19th century compassion versus D.C. politics.   Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.  

Episode 6: Finding a Niche

From the team that brings you The World and Everything in It: Effective Compassion is a new podcast exploring American poverty-fighting. WORLD journalist Anna Johansen reports on what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. Hosted by WORLD Radio features editor Paul Butler, this program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope. Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

Episode 5: Newt and Company

From the team that brings you The World and Everything in It: Effective Compassion is a new podcast exploring American poverty-fighting. WORLD journalist Anna Johansen reports on what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. Hosted by WORLD Radio features editor Paul Butler, this program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope. Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

Episode 4: From Gnosis to Epignosis

From the team that brings you The World and Everything in It: Effective Compassion is a new podcast exploring American poverty-fighting. WORLD journalist Anna Johansen reports on what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. Hosted by WORLD Radio features editor Paul Butler, this program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope. Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

Episode 3: From the Stacks to the Streets

From the team that brings you The World and Everything in It: Effective Compassion is a new podcast exploring American poverty-fighting. WORLD journalist Anna Johansen reports on what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. Hosted by WORLD Radio features editor Paul Butler, this program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope. Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.