SAGE Graduate Programme

SAGE is Jubilee Centre’s new training initiative – a 10 month programme in biblical social reform for young leaders. Participants will learn to think biblically about issues in public life, develop research skills and set up a project to help Christians engage in social transformation.  The SAGE Programme is for recent graduates who have a mature Christian character and leadership potential, and is based in the Jubilee Centre’s office in central Cambridge.

  • Social Reform is the overall goal
  • Apprenticeship approach – you learn by doing
  • Grow professionally in the context of a Christian think tank
  • Experience a year as part of a learning community

… and all this in the context of seeking biblical wisdom and revelation.

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What are the main outcomes?

  • Discover the Bible’s social vision and how it addresses 21st century issues in public life
  • Embrace a framework for Christian social reform based on Relational Thinking
  • Learn how and why to base social transformation initiatives on thorough research
  • Develop skills for biblical and issue-based research and for communication of ideas
  • Form and implement a strategy for engaging Christian leaders around the issue
  • Grow in personal, social and spiritual maturity

How is the programme structured?

There are three phases:

Study Phase (October to December):  You’ll learn about how the Bible provides both foundations and objectives for engaging in public life. Modules include the economy, politics, law and justice, family and sexual ethics, the arts and science & technology.

Research Phase (January to April): developing biblical and issue-based research skills as you carry out an in-depth investigation together into one specific issue in public life.

Project Phase (May to July):  You will turn your research findings into an appropriate output (e.g. publication, film, workshop or campaign) and a strategy that equips and mobilises Christian leaders and wider audiences.

The SAGE programme ends with Jubilee Centre’s four-day Social Reformers Summer School and twice during the year we hope to organise a week away for the participants.

Who is the programme for?

Recent graduates (bachelor or masters degree) under the age of 30, with mature Christian character and leadership potential, and who are deeply committed to seeing the Christian faith make a transforming impact on society.

What is the work schedule?

The main programme takes place in the Jubilee Centre from 9am-5pm on Mondays to Thursdays.  To counterbalance the intellectual focus of the programme, each participant will also volunteer for half a day a week, normally on a Friday, with a social action project at a local church or ministry. Friday will also be for personal study and going deeper in your own area of calling. Over the weekend you are also free to work a few hours to earn some money.

SAGE house for participants in Cherry Hinton (tbc)

Where will participants live?

The five participants selected to join the SAGE programme will live together in Cherry Hinton, a suburb of Cambridge, which is a 15 minute cycle ride from the Jubilee Centre offices in the city centre.

How much does it cost?

Fees for the 2019/20 SAGE programme are £1,800.  You will also need around £450/month for accommodation (single room, all bills included), and up to £200/month for food, transport (a bicycle is highly recommended) and other living expenses. The SAGE Programme dates are from 28th Sept 2019 to 20th July 2020 (end date to be confirmed).  The Programme is considered charitable by Stewardship, which means that UK taxpayers can support participants (for both fees and living costs) via Stewardship, and the value of their gifts will increase by 25%.

Who will lead it?
Jubilee Centre’s training director Philip Powell MA leads the programme with support from Dr Ralph Lee MBE (on staff with the Navigators), and Jonathan Tame MSc (Jubilee Centre director). Additional input will come from staff with the Jubilee Centre and sister organisations (e.g. Relationships Foundation, Relational Schools) and from the organisations’ founder Dr Michael Schluter CBE.

How do I apply?

To register your interest and receive an application form, please email Sally Bertlin at the Jubilee Centre (

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March, 2018

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