This particular piece is a rather minute effort; it is a set of rules for a monastic community, which he founded at Hippo Regis in North Africa. This work has become so pervasive, that it either has been the sole foundation or has been the basis for hundreds of religious communities of men and women through the centuries. It has influenced religious life for more 16 centuries, thus guiding more than 150 around the world. In communal life, there are factors, which each person brings to the community, and their adherence to the rule varies upon the characteristics of the individuals. The objective of this rule is to create a harmonious environment whereby all participants may ascend in their quest to life a life for God. The idea of service learning also could be said to have roots in the Rule. This becomes apparent at Augustinian educational institutions, where the Rule's influence can be noticed, although less directly than most of Augustine's works.