The Archbishop of York spoke in Leeds today about the difference churches can make in tackling poverty.
Dr Sentamu believes people have lost the desire to fight poverty.
"Put simply, we have lost a vision of how we might transform our society to bring about changes that we wish to see."
When he tours the region, he sees the real impact of government cuts on people's lives, from Sure Start programmes to projects for older people.
He said “One of the tasks of the Church of England is to work for the well-being of the whole nation. Not just the people inside its congregation but the people outside its walls too."