LR Pastor Urges Churches to Get More Involved in Their Neighborhoods

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pastor Kenneth Martin of Greater Archview Baptist Church knows all too well how crime has spiked in Little Rock.

Last month, Danny Lewis, a member of Pastor Martin's church was killed.

"It's one that is kind of overwhelming," he says. "This is a person who was actively involved in our congregation. He was also a person who was actively involved in his community, in his neighborhood."

Pastor Martin continues, "To have something like that happen to this person, this type of tragedy when he was actually at the forefront of trying to work against that type of thing, it was a big blow to our congregation."

Pastor Martin believes to make a difference you can't just preach on Sunday morning. 

"We have to get outside those four walls," he adds.

He suggests that each church in Little Rock focus on an area right outside their building.

"Evangelism has to include some mentoring, some education," says Pastor Martin. 

And if this happens, these churches can make an impact.

"I believe that the faith based community definitely could be an impact and part of the solution to resolve the problems," he says. "Go across denominational lines. Go across racial lines and just say as a Christian the Bible says we are the light of the world, we are the salt of the earth."

Pastor Martin will take part in a Pastor Summit hosted by Congressman French Hill, for more on that meeting click here.

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