Rooted in Jesus Fundraising Dinner
Now in use in many African countries, Rooted in Jesus was originally created in 2002, as part of the link relationship between the Diocese of Leicester and the Diocese of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, at the request of Stanley Hotay, then diocesan missioner and now the bishop.The syllabus was designed by Canon Roger Morgan, and the course was researched, edited and piloted by Rev'd. Dr. Alison Morgan, working with a team of clergy, teachers and small group leaders, many of whom had experience of living or working in Africa. Translated into Swahili, it was piloted in the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro between 2002 and 2005.
Rooted in Jesus is normally introduced to a whole diocese or area, at the invitation of the bishop or denominational leader, by a team of experienced practitioners 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. From its beginning in 2002 in Tanzania, it has now been introduced to over 90 dioceses or networks in 17 African countries, and translated into many languages. We estimate there are up to 100,000 people meeting in Rooted in Jesus groups in these countries, and the number is growing all the time.
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.
Rooted in Jesus is a practical and interactive course. The emphasis is on the active participation of each member of the group through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, so that together they may be built up into the body of Christ and equipped for ministry to others. The material is absorbed and practised orally, and only the group leader needs to be able to read and write. Each lesson is summarized by a memory verse, and members receive certificates when the group completes each of the four books of the course.