We bring people together to solve our city's most pressing needs.
For Evansville is an intermediary organization that helps churches, nonprofits, and community leaders work together to address systemic challenges in our city.
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foster relational trust among leaders
Transformation happens at the speed of trust. We create neutral environments where leaders gather to build trust and gain missional clarity around the needs and dreams of our city.
overcome barriers inhibiting collaboration
Even among organizations that value collaboration, working together is a challenge. We develop tools and resources that make collaboration possible.
create a compelling narrative about
our city's needs and dreams
Stories are the lens through which we see and make sense of the world. We provide a lens that challenges assumptions, inspires empathy, and envisions a better future.
guide key players to envision and execute actionable paths to flourishing
Our constant listening and regular interactions with a wide scope of community leaders gives us a high-level perspective that we're able to share with leaders as they steer our city toward flourishing.
Centered Set Collaboration
working together around common passions, not commonalities
A "bounded set" is grouped according to a common trait or belief, a boundary that determines whether you're "in" or "out." If you're a member of a faith tradition, political party, or fan club, it's because you have something in common with the other members.
By contrast, a "centered set" is grouped according to a common goal. If you and I are both striving for the same outcome, we can work together, bringing all of our unique differences to bear on the issue we're seeking to address.
fostering environments where collaborators can bring their whole self
For Evansville is motivated by the Christian story that through Jesus, God is making all things new, and we operate in the areas where that story overlaps with the city's needs and dreams. We believe those are the spaces in which everyone can work together.
Some of our initiatives focus on fostering those collaborative environments where everyone can work together for the common good (faith friendly), while others focus specifically on mobilizing the Church into those spaces (faith focused).
PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ross Chapman founded For Evansville with the founding board chair, Tom Gabe, in 2015. He provides strategic vision, drives relational trust among leaders, and positions the organization to foster the flourishing of Evansville.
He is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry in Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation from Fuller Theological Seminary, serves as an elder at a local church, and volunteers as a Focus Cabinet board member for the United Way of Southwestern Indiana.
COMMUNICATION & STORYTELLING
Jonathan is a University of Evansville graduate and a two-time Emmy-award-winning writer and producer. He uses storytelling to help people see our city's needs and dreams in a new light and envision their role in a flourishing city.
In addition to his work at For Evansville, he serves on the Mission Board at a local church, is a founding member of the Vann Park Neighborhood Association, and is raising 3 boys with his wife Alex.
Marissa has worked in the non-profit world for 8 years, driven by her passion to see communities thrive.
She has a Master's degree in Theology and Culture and is an ordained minister who is determined to see the Church and communities partnered together for a common mission.