Baptist leader urges churches to take on more community outreach

By HELEN T. GRAY - The Kansas City Star |  September 4, 2010

When the president of the National Baptist Convention USA oversees the 130th annual meeting in Kansas City next week, he can list challenges and successes.

The country’s largest African-American denomination is expected to attract about 30,000 delegates and visitors to the downtown Convention Center Monday through Friday.

The Rev. Julius R. Scruggs said the African-American church represents stability in the black community and has consistently helped people in need. But it should do more, the president said.

“The church can do a great deal in helping with the violence, drugs and crime,” he said. “But some of the reasons for these are systemic.”

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