Apostolic or “active” communities focus on ministry to the Church and to the world. Living a common life, they are “in” the world but not “of” it through their active ministerial witness to Gospel values. In the area of work or ministry this can be in education, youth ministry, parish ministry, social work, communication, healthcare, homeless and hungry, and women ministry, etc. Apostolic communities maintain a balance between the contemplative and active life. All are committed to the spread of the Gospel each in a manner shaped by the charism of the congregation.