Recently, there's been a lot of discussion about religious organizations and the impact of federal funds on those organizations. But what no one has really discussed is the impact urban ministries have or have not had on their communities. Can a congregation bridge the gap between providing soup for the homeless and building houses? Many congregations may need help in learning how to address developing issues in urban communities, issues like drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Is the average church down the street in an urban area still equipped to lend a helping hand? Is the role of the church, in fact, evolving? In our continuing series we look at the successes and the failures of urban ministries in addressing community issues.
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