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The Core Project 2024

The Core Project is a Christian community and training programme that equips students with the core of what is needed to live a fully integrated life, laying a foundation for following Christ in all of life, for the good of the world.

This programme offers students the opportunity to enroll for a year of low-demand but high-impact discipleship and training, which is designed to enrich your studies, centre your faith, and equip you for a life of service and leadership.

Core is co-curricular and redemptive:

  • Co-curricular, not extra-curricular, because it is at the heart of one’s education and formation, and integrated with one’s UCT studies.
  • Redemptive because it is about embodying in ourselves and our vocations Christ’s mission to bring love, freedom, and goodness to the world through the gospel.

At the heart of The CORE Project is community. The project is a collective – an expression of the body of Christ, working together to better understand how we live faithfully as Christians in every sphere of society. This is not an individual endeavour but demands deep relational connections that will last a lifetime.

A co-curricular year of personal & spiritual development

R130 per term or R495 per year. Includes a set book, dinners, retreats and more.

The programme structure

The programme begins on Tuesday, 20 February 2024. It is composed of 3 tracks run over two years. In each year, participants will engage in:

  • Core evenings: Fortnightly dinner (3 per term) & discussion of a key book.
  • Seminars: Holiday intensives or weekly electives (1 per track).
  • Retreats: Two day-long retreats, one at the start of the year and one at the end.
  • Mentorship: Monthly meetings with a mentor.
  • Service: Involvement in a service project (10 hours per year), e.g.:
    • Vac “day of service” initiatives 
    • Weekly contributions to our service partners (eg. tutoring) 

The Three Tracks

Year 1 (Track 1): Understanding the Story of the Bible.
We study an overview of the biblical story and develop skills to understand and interpret the Bible.

  • Core evenings: The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama, by Bartholomew & Goheen.
  • Seminar: How to read the Bible

Year 2 (Tracks 2 and 3): Living the Good Life

Track 2 (in the first semester) focusses on best understanding how we integrate our Christianity with living in the modern world, and the contemporary issues that each of us faces. Track 3 then zooms into the specifics of each participant’s particular vocation, dealing with questions of how one discerns this, and what this practically looks like for each of us.

  • Track 2 (1st Semester):
    • Core evenings: Christianity and our World Today.
    • Seminar: Topical issue (e.g. The Rise of Tech/AI; Responding to the Climate Crisis, etc.)
  • Track 3 (2nd Semester):
    • Core evenings: Living out your Vocation
    • Seminar: Field-specific vocation seminar (e.g. Christianity and Law/Medicine/Commerce, etc.)

Completion certificates

Successful completion of a year of Core will be rewarded with a certificate that endorses your participation in the programme components. This can form part of the cultural-activities section of your CV.

Programme cost

R130 paid at the start of each term, or R495 per year if paid in advance. 

This fee is heavily subsidised and includes the cost of all the educational elements, the set book(s), twelve evening meals, and catered retreats.

Numbers are limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment. If cost is an obstacle, there are limited partial scholarships available. 

Banking details

Please use the following details. Remember to include “Core” and your name in the reference, and please email a copy of the payment confirmation to the listed address.

Account Name: Students YMCA UCT Grotto Hill
Bank: Standard Bank (Branch Number 025009)
Account Number: 07 149 2186 
Reference: CORE + your name 

Email payment confirmation to: charissa@uct-y.org