A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa




Rooted in Jesus Conference




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Rooted in Jesus is in increasing use in Uganda, and the Anglican Provincial Office is hoping to disseminate and support it more widely across the Province through the new Provincial Mission Coordinator, Revd Canon Capt Titus Baraka. RinJ was featured in an issue of the Church of Uganda magazine Courage.


Diocese of Kumi (from 2006)

Bishop Thomas Erigei, programme overseen by Canon John Omagor, Diocesan Mission Coordinator.

Team led by John Lee, with Claire Greaves, Geoff Stokes, Jenny Green and Mike Hutchinson. 3 conferences in the 3 archdeaconries, in August 06. 200 people attended the conferences. Groups were established following the conferences, and are as far as we understand going well. Some have completed book 1 and members have received certificates.

Rooted in Jesus is used in Ateso.

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Diocese of South Rwenzori (from 2008)

Bishop Jackson Nzerebende. Team led by Stephen Dinsmore, with Sonja Arnold and Alex Scott. Followup team led by Sonja Arnold, with Geoff Stokes, Mike Cotterell, Simon Brignall and Martin Mlaka. Junior team led by Jonathan Rendall, with Joshua Opondo, Peter Silverwood and Sue Smale.

This diocese borders Nord Kivu, DR Congo, and the Lhukonzo language is spoken on both sides of the border. The introductory team ran three conferences in May 2008, attended by the clergy, parish mission coordinator and senior lay reader from each parish - a total of some 130-140 people in all. Rooted in Jesus was received with enthusiasm, and Bishop Jackson appointed Revd James Tumwesigye, a Church Army captain and the diocesan mission coordinator, coordinator of the new groups, together with his assistant William Musisi. A second visit was arranged in April 2009 to support and encourage these leaders and offer some initial training to those who will become group leaders in the future.

In September 2013 William Musisi wrote to say that they now have 100 groups, of which the majority are ready to move on to book 4. Lunch hour prayer groups have been established.

Rooted in Jesus Junior was introduced in June 2014, through a series of three day conferences in different parts of the diocese. 248 people were trained to start Junior in their Sunday Schools.

James Tumwesigye has moved to the Diocese of East Ruwenzori, and William Musisi now oversees both the adult and junior programmes. In March 2015 William reported that 7 archdeaconry coordinators have been appointed. In just three of the archdeaconries there were then 98 Junior groups.

Rooted in Jesus is used in Lhukonzo.

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Diocese of Muhabura (from 2009)

Bishop Cranmer Mugisha. 2009 Team led by John Lee, with Jenny Green, Claire Greaves, Alfred Sichone and Geoff Read. 2010 team led by Geoff Read, with Geoff Stokes, Alfred Sichone, Margaret Critchlow and Tim Carter. Rooted in Jesus is used in Rufumbira.

The Diocese of Muhabura lies on the Uganda-Rwanda border, and is centred on the town of Kisoro. After a troubled recent history the diocese is now united under the leadership of Bishop Cranmer, and we were invited by Jenny Green, a CMS mission partner who has been working in the diocese for the last 15 years and who was part of the team to Kumi in 2006, to take a team to introduce Rooted in Jesus. The team met with the diocesan clergy to introduce the programme, and then spent the bulk of their time running two residential conferences in the towns of Kisoro and Iryaruvmba for the 80 or so lay delegates chosen to be the first group leaders. Revd Gad
Nzabonimpa is the diocesan coordinator, and each archdeaconry has a local coordinator. A followup conference took place in October 2010. Rooted in Jesus is strongest in the North of the diocese, where Jenny reports (April 2011): 'Almost all the people we trained are working, the participants are enjoying the RIJ programme and are showing real commitment and the Archdeacon is also really committed to coordinating his people'.

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Quality Discipleship Church : Rooted in Jesus Junior (from 2010)

In August 2010 we sent our first team to pilot the new Rooted in Jesus Junior. The conferences were hosted by Bishop Jeremy Gichuru and his network of Quality Discipleship Churches based in Entebbe and Kampala. The team leader was Alex Scott, working in partnership with Nicky Plumbley of Vibrant, who helped adapt the material for children. Alex and Nicky were joined by Matt Barnes, Karen Wilkinson and Julius Meoli. Feedback has been good. In August 2011 Nicky led a follow up team. RinJ Junior is now being used in Sunday Schools, day and boarding schools, and a children's village for orphans.

Bishop Jeremy Gichuru wrote: "Many Sunday school teachers have been calling asking for book two and recommending the program. There has been tremendous Impact of Rooted in Jesus in both Entebbe and Kampala." Pastor Ali Mukembo of the New Life Missionary Baptist Church Jinja writes that child attendance has increased from 25 to over 150 as a result of the RinJ Junior teaching - for his comments and those of others using the course see Nicky Plumbley's report below.

One delegate writes: 'Since that training, two key things have stayed with me strongly - two of the principles of the Rooted in Jesus course; reliance on the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit as we minister to the children! Up to today, it keeps ringing in my heart and I have been praying that God avails me opportunity to share with others' - Editar Kamusiime.

For more about Rooted in Jesus Junior visit the Junior page by clicking on the link in the left margin.

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Diocese of Bunyoro Kitara (from 2012)

In November 2012 a team led by Revd John Lee travelled to the Diocese of Bunyoro Kitara at the invitation of Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa. The team offered a conference in each of the two archdeaconries, and 106 clergy and lay leaders were trained to lead Rooted in Jesus groups. The conferences were built on the foundation of a longstanding relationship between Revd Andrew Petit and Canon Eric Twine, the archdeacon of Kagadi - who wrote shortly afterwards:

“Rooted in Jesus is a true discipleship tool that every Church that serves the resurrected and living Jesus should embrace wholeheartedly. It has both Spiritual and Social components. What a blessing to have a such programme launched in my Archdeaconry!! St.Luke’s Church has already started two groups.The Parish Priest of Rusoroza is having a Rooted in Jesus Conference on 8th/12/2012 for all his Lay Readers, Mission Coordinators and Youth Leaders. Be assured that candles were light and brightly.”

In November 2013 Mission Coordinator Joyce Asaba wrote that RinJ has been established in Kagadi and Bulindi archdeaconries. "In Nyankoma Parish, Kagadi Archdeaconry, 12 people have accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour as a result of RinJ. In all parishes members of RinJ have started healing ministry in their respective Churches, many members have learnt to apply the word of God in their prayers and their lives have been changed. Glory goes to God!" In September 2014 Joyce wrote again, reporting on the 11 groups in Bulindi, saying "Members have testified about learning scriptures and learning how to pray and some people’s prayer lives have been revived and lives changed plus miracles happening when they pray."

In March 2015 a team led by Revd Andrew Petit ran two followup conferences. The first, held one in Kagadi, was attended by 187 delegates, of whom 35 were returning and 152 new leaders. Andrew commented: 'It was clear to us that over the last 2 years RinJ discipleship groups have been embraced with enthusiasm in the archdeaconry, leading to many other church leaders wanting to adopt the programme.' The second, held in Bulindi, was attended by 65 delegates, a mix of existing and new leaders - three of whom were able to commit their lives to Christ for the first time. In December 2015 Rooted in Jesus was accepted by the Diocesan Synod as a key ministry tool for use throughout the diocese; training will be offered in the remaining archdeaconries in 2016.

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Diocese of Mityana (from 2015)

The Diocese of Mityana has a population of 1.5 million, 45% of whom are Anglicans, and in October 2015 a joint UK / Ugandan team led the first two Rooted in Jesus conferences in the diocese at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Kaziimba.The team was led by Ven James Tumwesigye from the Diocese of East Rwenzori, with Revd William Musisi from South Rwenzori and Revd Ian and Mrs Sue Smale, Dee Spencer and Peter Silverwood from the parish of Overton in the Diocese of Winchester. The conferences were hosted by Canon John Musaasizi.

The conferences were attended by 141 leaders, both ordained and lay, with vibrant worship, fervent prayer and much repentance and renewal on the part of the delegates. By the end of the year there were 100 established groups across the diocese, and John Musaasizi wrote to say that "the Lord has created enthusiasm among group leaders. Groups are mushrooming up in various churches of the Diocese of Mityana. We are experiencing a great move of the Holy Spirit among those trained and grounded in Rooted in Jesus Program. Great enthusiasm is manifested among the leaders as they grow the new discipleship entrants into Christlikeness. It is an exciting work of the Holy Spirit who has allowed and empowered the Rooted in Jesus Program to move with great oomph across the Diocese of Mityana. Praise and praise the Lord!"

Two years and 127 groups later, Bishop Stephen Kaziimba invited us to send a second team to Mityana to lead two followup conferences These were attended by 150 people - existing ad new leaders, theological college students, lay readers and ordinands. The conferences were marked by answered prayer and by prophetic words. The team was led by Revd Tim Carter, and again supported by Mityana's link deanery of Overton.

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Diocese of Lango (from 2016)

Bishop Charles Odurkami invited a team led by Revd Derek Price to introduce Rooted in Jesus to the Diocese of Lango in February 2016. A single four day conference for 182 leaders was held in Lira Cathedral, and Revd Ronald Eguny was appointed as the Diocesan Coordinator. Rooted in Jesus will be overseen from within the Mission Department of the diocese. 100 groups are planned across the 8 archdeaconries. Derek was joined by James Tumwesigye, Jeanetta Stokes, Ben Beecroft, Sarah Richardson, Andy Douglass and, as intercessors, Clark and Carol Smith from the USA. Rooted in Jesus has been translated into Luo.


Diocese of Karamoja (from 2016)

Rooted in Jesus was introduced to the Diocese of Karamoja at the invitation of Bishop Joseph Abura. The conference took place immediately after that in the Diocese of Lango, with William Musisi joining the team to take the place of James Tumwesigye. Karamoja is a small diocese with just 11 parishes. The conference was attended by 80 participants: all the clergy, plus invited Lay Readers, Mothers Union members, Fathers Union members, Wardens, Sunday School teachers, Youth leaders, and parish mission coordinators. John Onyao was appointed Diocesan Coordinator. Rooted in Jesus has been translated into Ngakarimojong.

Bishop Joseph wrote afterwards: "You were here in Moroto to give birth to what is likely going to develop deep roots in this diocese. Almost all the diocese's leaders and managers attended the training. We shall try our level best to start the RinJ groups and fellowships. Continue to pray for us on this."

In 2017 a followup conference was held, attended by 84 people. There were testimonies to healing, to changed lives in the groups and in their churches, and a determination on the part of John Onyao to lead the people of Karamoja into ever deeper discipleship. The team was Revd Mike Cotterell, Revd Capt James Tumwesigye, Revd Ben Brady, and Lucy Henderson.

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Diocese of Soroti (from 2017)

In November 2017, after many months of preparation on the part of the Diocese, Rooted in Jesus was introduced to the Diocese of Soroti at the invitation of Bishop George Erwau, through a single conference attended by a record 222 people. The course books had all been translated into Ateso in advance, and Coordinator Emmanuel Elianu had prepared those attending carefully. All those trained committed to starting a group in their parishes. The team was led by Revd Mike Cotterell, with Revd Capt James Tumwesigye, Revd Ben Brady, Lucy Henderson and Revd John Onyao.

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Updated by Revd Dr Alison Morgan Jan 2018