Ian Evison

Full name: Rev Dr. Ian Evison

Retired 2019 - was MidAmerica Regional Lead

MidAmerica Region in Congregational Life

Ian Evison on stage with a microphone

Ian Evison

Ian is a UU minister who has served in a variety of ministries, including parish ministry, theological education, a research project at the University of Chicago in Family and Religion, and service at the Alban Institute as Director of Research. Current passions include future trends in American religious life, new frontiers of organizational development. He also has a geeky interest in change strategies and denominational structures.

To keep sane he cooks, gardens, frequents farmers’ markets, and makes large quantities of compost. Ian and his wife, Leah, live in St. Paul, MN.

From Ian Evison

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Not the Expert
Not the expert, and able to learn: Leaders understand that it’s not just about skills, but it’s about being able to learn (often together) what’s...
Companions
Companion on the journey: Leaders know that so much of congregational life is about being present to and with one another; they don’t have all the...
Mission
Mission driven Leaders know why they are active, and how they are seeking to make a difference in the world; they understand that congregational life is...

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Leadership by Learning (Not Expertise)
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Leaders understand that it’s not just about skills, but it’s about being able to learn (often together) what’s necessary in congregational life; they...
Leadership as Companioning
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Leaders know that so much of congregational life is about being present to and with one another; they don’t have all the answers, but they know how to b...
Mission-Driven Leadership
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Leaders know why they are active, and how they are seeking to make a difference in the world; they understand that congregational life is not about maki...
Goals and Assessment
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Questions for Discussion
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My Love-Hate Relationship with Surveys
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I have a love-hate relationship with surveys, especially surveys used as a part of congregational planning....
Some Basic Advice on Triangulation
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In the 1950s the family therapist Murray Bowen introduced many ideas about systems. The concept of triangulation is one of the most applicable to...
How to Turn ANY Disagreement into a Nasty Fight at Your Congregation
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With unfortunate regularity, we hear heart-breaking stories of how honest and important debates in congregational life descend into nasty fights. Often,...

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