Going to the Well to Build Community (Booklet): A Pastor's Guide to Evangelization

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A Pastor's Guide to Evangelization

Through conversations with clergy in traditional African-American parishes, Deacon Timothy E. Tilghman has developed an approach to evangelization based on the principles of community organization. Going to the Well to Build Community examines the conversation that leads to relationships that bring people into the Church—people of faith acting with one voice based on shared values to transform their neighborhood. Deacon Tilghman incorporates teachings from Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on evangelization, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).

"A pastor in Washington, D.C., once asked me about hiring an organizer to help him with evangelization, wanting to apply the organizing discipline of engaging leaders and mutual accountability to the task of the New Evangelization. When he made the request, I did not know that it would lead to a group of pastors meeting two hours every month over a five year period to talk about how they could work together to accomplish the mission of the Church. In this little book, I want to reflect on how a focused conversation about mission can be sustained." — from the Introduction

Here are the fruits of those discussions with clergy in mostly traditional African-American parishes, set down in very practical steps by an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church. Timothy Tilghman uses Pope Francis’ encyclical letter The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) as a starting place and a touchstone for the work of "Going to the Well to Build Community.” That “well” is the art of accompaniment based on biblical reflection, relational conversation, setting priorities, and taking targeted and effective action. This precious book, which will be received as a blessing by those wise enough to receive it, will help pastors, parish staffs, and lay leaders in individual churches across denominational and even interfaith lines to begin to revitalize both their congregations and their communities in ways that are both tried and true. Each short chapter is followed by suggestions for Bible readings and questions for individual reflection and especially group discussion.

Part #1: The Conversation Creates the Space

  • Conversation 1: Revelation: The Invitation to Encounter
  • Conversation 2: Accompaniment is the Encounter
  • Conversation 3: Leader in the Encounter
  • Conversation 4: The Team, Partners in Accompaniment
  • Conversation 5: The Ideal Parishioner
  • Conversation 6: Our Culture Is Love in Action (Mission in Motion)

Part #2: The Right Priorities

  • Priority #1: Power
  • Priority #2: Relationships
  • Priority #3: Communal Life
  • Priority #4: Christian Leaders
  • Priority #5: Walking
  • Priority #6: Spirituality
  • Priority #7: Reflection

Part #3: Special Conversations with Shepherds

  • Special Conversation #1: The Good Shepherd and Me
  • Special Conversation #2: Where are the Leaders? In the Flock!
  • Special Conversation #3: Find Willing Words; Go to the Well!
  • Special Conversation #4: Continuing the Conversation, The Next Chapter of Acts

Part #4: What to Do

Part #5: Reading to Build the Community

TIMOTHY E. TILGHMAN is a sailor, an organizer, and a deacon, one who lives to answer the question: How does my individual action build the community? This life is learning, teaching, and walking with others as they take action that gives meaning to their public lives; it includes caring for family, those related by blood and the larger family of those encountered in public life. His formal education at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and his graduate work in Public Administration at the George Washington University and in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University’s Ecumenical Institute were important milestones in his formation.

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Format: Booklet
Product code: AP1140
Dimensions: 5" x 7½"
Length: 100 pages
Publisher:
ACTA Publications
ISBN: 978-0-87946-580-3
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Written by Deacon Timothy F. Tilghman

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TIMOTHY E. TILGHMAN is a sailor, an organizer, and a deacon, one who lives to answer the question: How does my individual action build the community? This life is learning, teaching, and walking with others as they take action that gives meaning to their public lives; it includes caring for family, those related by blood and the larger family of those encountered in public life. His formal education at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and his graduate work in Public Administration at the George Washington University and in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University’s Ecumenical Institute were important milestones in his formation.