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 10: Hope for life change

In this final episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg visit two organizations with similar goals: They want to help the homeless, people who have lost everything and have nowhere to go. But these two organizations chose different strategies … and ultimately, got very different results.

Season 2, Episode 9: Ministry mistakes

Nonprofits, both Christian and secular, have to watch out for some common pitfalls that threaten to undo all their hard work. In this episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg recount five cautionary tales from organizations that failed due to a lack of accountability, transparency, or an accurate understanding of what the people they wanted to help really needed.

Season 2, Episode 8: Hope Award semi-finalists

Every year, WORLD hosts the Hope Awards for Effective Compassion. Readers and listeners nominate hundreds of ministries, and we narrow the list to about eight or 10 semi-finalists. Just four make the final cut. This episode is about the runners-up. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg visit two ministries that didn’t win in 2019 and explain what bumped them out of the winner’s circle.

Season 2, Episode 7: Mending broken minds

Just about anyone working in mental healthcare, criminal justice, or social work will agree: people with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders face a difficult road. This episode is about the 50 million Americans dealing with mental illness. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg talk to some of the Christians who are there to help, working to put the challenging, personal and spiritual into behavioral health care.

Season 2, Episode 6: Repairing broken families

Many of the people who struggle with addiction or homelessness grew up with a family member with unhealthy habits. Or they experienced abuse. Some didn’t have a family at all. Coming from a good family doesn’t guarantee a trouble-free life. But having a shaky family foundation makes everything a lot harder. In this episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explore what compassion looks like for hurting children, young adults, and their parents.

Season 2, Episode 5: Compassion for refugees

This episode is about newcomers: Refugees and asylum seekers looking for a fresh start. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explain how refugee resettlement works and visit several ministries that help these newcomers become self-sufficient in their new homes.

Season 2, Episode 4: Compassion in crisis

Natural disasters are disruptive and traumatic, especially for people already in emotional, physical, or spiritual crisis. Last year, every compassion ministry in the country faced the same disaster: COVID-19. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explore the ways the pandemic made ministry more difficult and challenged leaders to rethink the ways they help people in need.

Season 2, Episode 3: Addiction and recovery, part 2

This episode of Effective Compassion is part two of our dive into addiction and substance abuse: The cauldron of stewing ingredients that leads to it, and the intense, drastic life-renewal strategies that help vanquish it. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg visit three ministries that take different approaches to helping addicts begin new lives.

Season 2, Episode 2: Addiction and recovery, part 1

This episode of Effective Compassion is all about addiction. The patterns and choices and life circumstances that lead to it...and the patterns, choices, life circumstances, hard work, prayer, grit, sweat, time, and love that can help break its grip. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg share stories from addicts traveling the road to recovery with the help of Christian ministries.

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