This could be a really long post, but I hope to give the Cliff's Notes version. I will include a link for you to wander around in, if you feel so led.
I attend church every week. I spend a week each summer as a counselor at our church camp. I direct our program to feed the homeless breakfast, every Sunday. I am a leader of our young college kids. I also attend to something called "Pastoral Care" which is basically potlucks and functions that bring our church folks together, outside of a worship setting. I am the porthole through which electronic information flows to the congregation, ie: someone sends me an email prayer request and I forward it to the entire congregation. I am a lay-minister, which means I didn't attend a seminary, but provide ministry within our church.
A couple weekends ago, I took on a new assignment. One that frightens me, but I've been told there'd be something wrong with me if I wasn't afraid. I am now a part of the Pastorate. There is a lead pastor, and I, along with 2 others, form the co-pastorate. All of us are lay-ministers. All of us have taken classes and read books that will help further our quest to get a closer relationship with God, and to be able to lead others in that direction as well.
Our particular congregation is small (about 50-75 people), but we are a part of a larger church called The Community of Christ. The fact that our congregation is so small is part of the reason I have so many responsibilities, but also the reason I love it. We are small enough to be a family. I know everyone's name. I know when they are hurting. I rejoice when something good happens to them, and am able to comfort them when something bad happens. We have differences of opinions, just like any family, but we work them out. We don't all believe exactly the same about every bit of religious questions that come up, but for the most part that has been okay. We love enough to "agree to disagree" and get along anyway.
I consider myself a true Christian. I don't hate other religions or other people because of their beliefs. I don't believe that I am better than anyone else. I do not use the bible as a weapon. I don't believe that you are going to hell if you don't attend my church or any church for that matter. I don't care a bit about a person's looks, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, color, financial status, or political affiliation. I don't get up in people's faces about God or religion. I try to live by example. I don't need to 'share the good news' with friends or strangers, unless they ask it of me. I believe God loves all of us and is crushed when we step outside his love.
I try my very hardest, every day, not to judge people before I get to know them. Serial killers---not so much love for them, a bit frightened. Tattooed, pierced, purple mohawked, homeless, guy---maybe a bit taken aback, but I'll give it a go. Some of the nicest, Godliest people you'll ever want to meet are those that are living outside your comfort zone. I try to remember that when I'm judging folks and feeling uncomfortable.
I'll stop now. I've probably sent folks running already. That's okay though. I do hope that we can agree to disagree, if we believe differently. At least you know who I am and where I stand. My friends and family already know these things about me, and love me despite some of my beliefs.