But I have also become good friends with this group of strong women. Some are believers, some are "spiritual," and some have negative or no views on faith and Christians, but over two years they have become friends. They trust me and know that my faith is genuine. It has led to some very private and treasured moments.
For me, service outside the pew has enriched my ministry. My volunteer work as a community mentor is not a faith-based venture, but sometimes it feels like the biggest God-thing that I do.