The Oikos Institute for Social Impact

Chicago, IL.


This Chicago-based organization helps congregations develop an asset-based approach to their ministry and local area. Their desire is to help congregations, especially BIPOC congregations, impact their communities.


Regional cohort programs; National conference; Fishing Differently community which includes resources and networks

Recommended Audience

BIPOC congregations seeking to make a difference in their community.


Varies per service

Practical Applications

  • Join the community to learn more about the program from those involved.
  • Attend the conference as a team to get your congregation thinking about how to impact your community.
  • Create or join a cohort.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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