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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are numerous challenges to mainline churches across the country, and urban churches face their own obstacles on top of that.

Overcoming those obstacles is the mission for City of Refuge Community Church in Little Rock. They held their first services Sunday, and Pastor Neal Scoggins wants his church to be both casual and a place of safety in a rough neighborhood. From there, he sees even bigger potential.

"You realize the geographic area south of 630 that we are in. There are no banks and very few gas stations in this community. So, we see this as not only for spiritual development but because we created a safe place, then economic development can come right behind that," Scroggins explained.

City of Refuge is one of a handful urban churches within the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

To learn more about City of Refuge, you can follow them on twitter with the handle, @cityofrefugelr: twitter.com/cityofrefugelr

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