Rooted in Jesus is a group course in Christian discipleship written for use in Africa. It is the only material of its kind written especially for the use of ordinary African Christians, rather than translated from material developed for the West – where people face different problems and challenges in their Christian lives.
Now in use in many African countries, Rooted in Jesus was originally created by Roger and Alison Morgan as part of the link relationship between Holy Trinity in Leicester Diocese and the Diocese of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, at the request of Stanley Hotay, then diocesan missioner and now the bishop. It is is normally introduced to a whole diocese or area, at the invitation of the bishop or denominational leader, by a team of ministers from the UK and Africa. Because Rooted in Jesus is as much a method as a course, this has proved the best way of establishing it effectively. Groups are led by pastors, evangelists or catechists, and newly commissioned lay leaders, both men and women. Many of these groups have seen people becoming Christians, experiencing answered prayer, deepening their commitment to one another and to the church, and living changed lives. There is also a Rooted in Jesus Junior course for use in Sunday Schools.
Rooted in Jesus is now in use in over 75 dioceses and denominations in 16 African countries. Rooted in Jesus is endorsed by the Anglican Communion.
“I have no doubt that God has commissioned and anointed this course for Africa in much the same way as he is using Alpha in more urban and ‘western’ settings. We are already starting to see remarkable things in this Diocese as people and congregatioms are set on fire with the love of Jesus” – Bishop Martin Breytenbach, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa.