A growing, lively faith is at the heart of church vitality. A lively faith can encompass a growing understanding of doctrine, of trust and belief in God, of the experience of the presence of God or of putting faith into practice in everyday life.
Church attendance can be about being part of a community of believers involved in varous activities beyond worship services. The feeling of belonging to a community of faith is essential for many people.
Local churches engage in their communities in a range of ways. They meet social and welfare needs through the provision of social services and can help to organise churchgoers for social action or advocacy.