Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion Staff, Compassion's Ministry, Global Poverty, Leadership
Mark Hanlon leads the work of Compassion International in the United States as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Engagement and serves on Compassion International's Global Executive Leadership Team. He was formally appointed to this position as Senior Vice President in 2007 after serving more than 25 years in a number of leadership roles throughout the organization.
Under his leadership, the number of children being sponsored by U.S.-based donors has grown by nearly four times — from some 176,000 to 675,000 children.
At age 18, Mark became a Compassion child sponsor, and through this one-to-one sponsor relationship he was inspired by Compassion's one-of-a kind, holistic approach to meeting the spiritual, economic, social and physical needs along with educational help for a child in poverty.
His work in information technology, project management, customer service and marketing prepared him for his current role. He holds a B.S. degree in computer information systems and a master's degree in business administration from Regis University in Denver.
Ministry isn’t science—it’s more than measures, right? Can we explore kingdom outcomes? Is there evidence of transformation that can be validated? In this talk, Mark states that as participants in ministry, we are stewards, and as stewards we are required to be accountable to validated, measurable outcomes.
He shows biblical examples of ministry effectiveness. He discusses Compassion’s stance on the importance of outcomes for the children to whom they minister. He concludes with hard evidence that those outcomes are leading to children being released from poverty in Jesus’ name.