The church as community is the people in community, with God.
The people are the church, together.
In this community, we can grow as persons, we are loved and we receive love; we have gifts to share and to receive. In this community, we are members: we belong, we each have a part and a place and a contribution to make.
But the church as community loses its way unless it knows that it is the community of God.
In short, it is the community of people living in and with God, and God living in and with us.