The SAGE programme provides a wonderful environment in which to grow professionally and in your walk with God. The biggest thing I have taken away from the programme is a new awareness of how the Bible provides a blueprint for social reform and a vision for society where all can flourish. I recommend SAGE!
Participants will learn to think biblically about issues in public life, develop research skills and mobilise other Christians to get involved in social transformation. The SAGE Programme is for recent graduates with mature Christian character and leadership potential, and is based at the Jubilee Centre’s office in central Cambridge.
The SAGE programme begins with a week away for team building at Moggerhanger Park, and ends with Jubilee Centre’s four-day Social Reformers Summer School.
In an intensive version of our online course (on applying biblical principles to public life), SAGEites spend the term studying biblical thinking across seven different spheres—including economics, justice & law, welfare and the arts. With daily seminars and weekly essays, they break for Christmas with a comprehensive foundation in biblical thinking and its application.
SAGEites choose a topic together to work on as a team during the research phase, culminating in a 12,000 word report. They also have time to work on personal research projects, written up as a 4,000 word paper. The group project encourages robust, biblical research on a contemporary issue, and also provides a valuable discipleship opportunity as the participants navigate the complexities of researching as a team.
The final term focuses on communicating their research findings and challenging other people to get involved in the issue they have chosen. They will develop their skills in event management and public speaking by organising events and delivering presentations to live audiences. In addition they will work on other ways to disseminate their research, e.g. through blog posts, videos, articles and podcasts.
Additional input comes from staff with the Jubilee Centre and sister organisations (e.g. Relationships Foundation, Relational Schools) and from the organisations’ founder Dr Michael Schluter CBE.
SAGE helped me develop my research skills and thinking so that I can better communicate biblical ideas in the public square, and have richer public conversations about faith and society. I would recommend SAGE to anyone who is considering how their view of the world shapes how they interact with it—and how God can be essential to that worldview.
Hannah, 2018/9 Participant
I have appreciated learning the important Jubilee Centre principle of connecting a consistently biblical worldview with excellent research on issues in the public square. Both aspects of this equation are vital, and I have found the SAGE study and discussion very insightful on how to connect and integrate the two.
Andrew, 2018/9 Participant
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.
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 3-4 hours 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 to go deeper in your own area of calling. Over the weekend you are also free to work a few hours to earn some extra money.
The 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.
The full fees for the 2020 SAGE programme are £5,800 (tbc) but each participant benefits from a scholarship of £4,000, leaving £1,800 to pay. You will also need around £450/month for accommodation (your own 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 Sept 2020 to July 2021. The Programme is considered charitable by Stewardship, which means that UK taxpayers can support participants (for their fees and their living costs) via Stewardship, and the value of their gifts will increase by 25% through Giftaid.
The application deadline for the September 2020 intake is Tuesday 31st March. If you would like to request an application, please fill out the registration form below.
The SAGE Programme dates are from 27th Sept 2020 to 11th July 2021.
Apply by Tuesday 31st March to join the 2020 intake