This publication provides an opportunity to examine the commonalities and differences in ways that models of community practice have been conceptualized. Models provide a framework to understand, analyze and assess practice. They are useful as guides for practice and as teaching tools. Models hold an intermediate place between concrete practice skills and theory. They move the abstractions of theory into formulations that can guide interventions. They give direction to methods and skills. They embody theory and illustrate the actions that put theory into practice.