A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa








intentional discipleship




How it works ...

Rooted in Jesus is a practical discipleship programme for use in small groups. Designed specifically for Africa, Rooted in Jesus covers the basics of Christian faith and ministry from an African cultural perspective, using only resources that are commonly and freely available.

Rooted in Jesus is inspired by the Great Commission, the command to go and make disciples (Matt 28.18-20). It is not a study course, but a whole-life programme: a disciple of Jesus is a person who is learning to become like Jesus, in life and in ministry. Disciples of Jesus learn from Jesus, minister in the name of Jesus, and help others to do these things too (2 Tim 2.2). Discipleship is not just one of many things that we do: it is the core from which everything else flows.

Where Rooted in Jesus is used as part of an intentional strategy of disciple-making, remarkable things happen. We have seen the lives of individuals transformed through being part of a Rooted in Jesus group. We have seen churches grow and their members become active in ministry. We have seen new leaders grown and nurtured into ministry. We have seen whole dioceses move into spiritual, numerical and financial growth.

What we offer to you

Rooted in Jesus is published and supported by the Mathetes Trust and, in South Africa, by Growing the Church. There are two programmes, one for adults and one for children. Our commitment to you is as follows:


What we ask from you



The conferences



Local support and implementation

Follow up

Rooted in Jesus Junior

Having introduced the adult programme, many dioceses choose to follow it up with a Rooted in Jesus Junior conference, at which Sunday School teachers are trained to use the Junior version with their classes. Rooted in Jesus Junior provides a simple curriculum for teaching the Christian faith to children, and works on the same principles as the adult programme - the aim is that the children become disciples of Jesus. The Junior programme is most effective if the Sunday School teachers are already themselves part of an adult Rooted in Jesus group. To find out more about Rooted in Jesus Junior click here.

What do do next


Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Matthew 28.19-20.

Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. 2 Timothy 2.2.