A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa

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Links to related organisations


Rooted in Jesus is active in areas of Africa often served by other organisations, all of which have their own distinct contribution to make to the life of the church. We are delighted to work alongside them as we strive to help ordinary Christians become confident and fruitful disciples.




Rooted in Jesus blog and Facebook pages


Rooted in Jesus has its own blog site, where we post monthly news items, testimonies and updates from places where it is in use. We also post brief updates on our Facebook page.

TMTMathetes Trust

Rooted in Jesus is published and supported by the Mathetes Trust, a UK registered charity which seeks to promote a culture of discipleship and disciple-making within the local church.

Working with our partners we organise conferences and training events and provide ongoing support for Rooted in Jesus. We provide support and mentoring for church leaders in the UK through our EQUIP programme, we support local churches in ministry and mission, and we publish and distribute books on key topics of Christian life and ministry - including The God Who is There, an interactive discipleship programme similar to Rooted in Jesus but developed for use in urban or western contexts.

For more information visit our website.


Rooted in Jesus was originally designed in the context of the link relationship between the Anglican dioceses of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and Leicester, UK. Discipleship is a growing priority within the Anglican Communion, and in April 2016 the Anglican Consultative Council called on every province, diocese and parish to adopt a clear focus on intentional discipleship, and to produce resources to equip and enable the whole church to be effective in making new disciples of Jesus Christ. The report was published under the title Intentional Discipleship and Disciplemaking.


Growing the Church is an initiative launched in 2007 to serve the churches across the Anglican Province of Southern Africa. Its vision is for a vibrant church which is clearly growing spiritually, numerically and holistically, by facilitating the development of a network of diversely gifted people and organizations in and beyond the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. GtC is partnered with Rooted in Jesus, and Rooted in Jesus is supported directly through the GtC office under the oversight of its director Trevor Pearce.


Relay Trust

The Relay Trust facilitates leadership training for the Christian church through the provision of training content, strategic advice, and financial support for students, teachers, administration, and capital development. The goal of this training is to enable leaders to teach Christians how to live as disciples of Jesus through the daily challenges of life. Committed to supporting the poorest Anglican dioceses in the world, Relay are partnering with Rooted in Jesus to deliver discipleship training in South Sudan, DR Congo, Madagascar and Mozambique.

Dignity Worldwide is a Manchester based Christian charity working primarily in Zambia. 'Our goal is to change rural Africa, both by spreading the good news of Jesus and by alleviating poverty. We work as a catalyst to help lift people out of crushing poverty without creating any sense of dependency. We build long-term and meaningful relationships in isolated villages supporting leaders, groups and individuals. We encourage people – through God – to transform their lives and those of their neighbours.' Dignity's work in Zambia is headed by Jon Paul Witt. Dignity uses Rooted in Jesus as an integral part of its ministry.

APFThe African Pastors Fellowship is a UK charity working alongside churches in East Africa in training and resourcing of church leaders. Through training courses and publishing relevant materials APF helps church leaders in East Africa to fulfil their God-given calling to serve in his church. Refresher training courses are held for pastors and their spouses, and Bible Commentaries are produced in Swahili and Kirundi. Children’s Bible-story picture books enable effective outreach to children and subsidised bicycles are provided for pastors.



BUILD stands for ‘Biblical Understanding for In-service Leadership Development’. Founded over ten years ago as an initiative of the Education Department of the Church of Uganda (COU), it provides training for local church leaders (lay readers, catechists and other lay leaders) which is biblical, theological and practical. Training is based around ten modules and 150 teaching units, each module focussing on one book of the Bible and the group of books it is linked to. BUILD COU is led by Canon Stephen Ssenyonjo Kewaza and now has presence in the neighbouring countries. It is supported from the UK by Revd Dr Jem Hovil, one of the founding partners of BUILD in Uganda, along with the other trustees of the charity BUILD Partners.


Rooted in Jesus

"Go, and make disciples ... who will teach others also"
Matthew 28.19 & 2 Timothy 2.2



Rooted in Jesus is published and supported by The Mathetes Trust.
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