We want to raise up a generation of leaders who pursue Jesus and justice wherever they go, consuming ethically, giving generously, and transforming the industries in which they work.
We love to celebrate the stories of alumni who have started this journey of seeking justice with impact and integrity. You can find some of those here.
Over the last 4 years we have surveyed over 130 alumni whose responses have shown that these stories are not just one offs. Our student work and the alumni network are having a tangible impact on the leadership of our alumni.
The action that students take is encouraging. However, we believe that Just Love’s most significant impact will come from the alumni network. We want to release a generation who have been equipped to lead and envisioned to pursue Jesus and justice wherever they go, consuming ethically, giving generously and transforming the industries in which they work.
91% agreed that they would give more generously in future as a result of Just Love, with 50% strongly agreeing. Now future giving is a fun thing to play with. This year we hope that around 300 people will be graduating from Just Love groups – if each of those people becomes more generous to the extent that they give away an extra 1% of their income – assuming an average income of £25,000 a year for 40 years, that one year group of graduates will give away an extra 3 million pounds as a result of Just Love. That’s some serious impact. I think the future giving stuff will be big, but I think future career and influence will be bigger – 96% agree that Just Love has motivated them to pursue social justice through their career, and we’re so excited about what people are going on to do.
“As the end of university approached, I still wasn’t sure what the next step was. I knew I wanted to learn to love God and love people more, but I didn’t see a career that clearly fitted for me. So, I had a google, wrote a list of the cities named ‘top ten worst places to live in the UK’, spent some time praying and decided to move to Bradford. I’ve been here ever since I graduated. I’m part of an Eden Team – doing incarnational mission in the poorest parts of the UK. I’ve been a church intern, worked for a Christian charity, founded a social enterprise and in September will start studying for a Maths PGCE (still in Bradford).
I’m so grateful for the friendships that I have gained through Just Love. Jesus rarely (if ever) asks us to do the easy thing and I’ve been so to have people to rant to, pray with and who inspire me with stories of how God is building the Kingdom through them. I am not sure where I will be in ten years, but I know it will involve following Jesus on mission into areas of poverty, loving those society would call unlovable and a whole lot of prayer. I am so thankful for Just Love and the way it has shaped and will continue to shape this story.”
Molly Kemp, Just Love Oxford alumna
It is not just about the careers that people go on to pursue, but about their ability to lead and influence within those careers. 90% of those who were on committees, and so accessed our training and coaching, agree that Just Love has developed them as a leader.
‘Just Love also helped me realise that I wasn’t enough on my own. That for me to lead well, I needed a team around me, and I needed to be willing and able to release them to do things I could never have achieved on my own. It helped me develop facilitative leadership styles and gave me practise in creating cultures and spaces in which everyone feels able to belong and contribute their gifts’.
Neil, Just Love Cambridge alumnus, PhD student in climate change policy and technology
We have a very strong track record of changing the people we work with, and developing leaders who are set on exciting trajectories.