ROOTED IN JESUS
A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa

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Masasi

Jacarandas

Tanzania

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Toliara

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Kigali

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Commendations & Feedback ...

 

Over the years we have had a huge amount of feedback from those using Rooted in Jesus. You can read individual stories on the testimony page; on this page you will find feedback and commendations from those who have introduced and used Rooted in Jesus in their own dioceses or denominations.

Commendations from Bishops and network leaders
"We would like to say a huge big thank you to the Rooted in Jesus team for the large contribution they have made to the work of Dignity. We recognise that the success of Life Groups can be linked back to their grounding in the Bible which has been massively aided by their use of Rooted in Jesus." Jo Kimball, Dignity
“They seem to have embraced or understood this Rooted in Jesus training, and they seem more determined to go forward and share it with other people, which we haven’t seen before in any of the other courses that we have done – and we have done many other courses! This Rooted in Jesus seems to be the one that has finally helped us turn that corner.” - Bishop Timothy Wumbuya, Diocese of Butere, Kenya
"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 congregations are set on fire with the love of Jesus" - Bishop Martin Breytenbach, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa
"RinJ is the basis for all our ministry and mission training, supporting as it does our diocesan vision to ‘become a communion of communities in Jesus’, ie small groups studying, discipling one another, church planting and rooting, growing in faith and changed lives together" - Revd Helen Van Koevering, Director of Mission and Training, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique
“Three quarters of the population are in the refugee camps and others are internally displaced. The believers need Rooted in Jesus at this time of distress and spiritual need. Rooted in Jesus is the only tool and way forward to nourish the Christians and make the newly born Christians grow.” Bishop Emmanuel Modi, Diocese of Kajo-Keji, South Sudan
"On behalf of the conference participants we thank you so much, and we will continue the work of God as Rooted in Jesus taught us. Prophet Ezekiel saw the valley of dry bones, so we were valley of dry bones but now through RinJ team God breathed new life into a valley of dry bones, created waves of revival, waves of growth and spiritual life to His people in Congo” - Bishop Elisah Tendwa, Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of Kalemie, DR Congo
The course has had a major influence on our work in Tanzania, bringing many nominal members into a deep commitment to Christ" - Bishop John Hayden, Diocese of Kiteto, Tanzania
"We thank God that we have 77 small groups which have been formed after the conferences.The RinJ groups are doing well. The teachings are superb, they say. A new atmoshere has been developed as the groups have become a place of sharing and encouragement for one another" - Archbishop Jacob Chimeledya, Diocese of Mpwapwa, Tanzania
"I thank you for sparing time, resources to come and share ministry with us. I am very confident that the ministry you rendered to God's people both in Kagadi and Bulindi Archdeaconries will bear much fruit and that which lasts. God bless you abundantly." Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa, Diocese of Bunyoro Kitara, Uganda

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Feedback from the Conferences
"I am very grateful for the RinJ training that took place in our diocese, the training was another eye opener to the Clergy and lay leaders that attended training. The participants enjoyed that time of speaking in the Spirit of God and the different ways the Spirit of God can speak to people. What joy that some of the participants hard the experience of the Holy Spirit's touch." - John Onyao, Diocese of Karamoja, Uganda, April 2016
“I thank God for what happened in my heart. I used to have great sadness, but now the old wounds have been healed. I used not to pray, but now the darkness has gone away and there is only light! I feel happy!  Glory to God!” Lecardie, Diocese of Kigali, November 2015
These seminars are for us keys for men in the house, the keys which help them to go out of the door Locked and go to make people disciples... Keys for men out of the house, the keys which help them to enter the group of people and teach them good news, bring them to Jesus, and make them have roots in Him” - Revd James Mayundo, Coordinator, Missionary Diocese of Kalemie, July 2015
"During the training we were living in the presence of the Holy Spirit. During the times of prayer and praise, the following things took place: participants learned how to pray more deeply and effectively; some were freed from family bondages; some received inner healing; demons were cast out; key skills were acquired" - Revd Stephane Makata, Coordinator, Diocese of Katanga, July 2015
"The books are very well prepared, we appreciated topics discussed which address the learning needs of Christians in our context.The approach of using RinJ in small groups is very useful; it is a rich way of learning and building relationships between church members. A four day residential conference gives enough time to participants, not only to be equipped in leadership but to be spiritually refilled.The team we hosted was a good mixture of people from different age groups, very wonderful, spirit filled and prepared" - Manasseh Tuyizere, Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Diocese of Kigali, September 2013
"I just attended my first Rooted in Jesus training, and the experience was amazing. On the outset, Rooted in Jesus may look like a simple course in Christian discipleship; but upon a closer look, it is a powerful and meaningful course, equipping Africans in their faith in a context that is relative for them" - Nicole Corlew, Growing the Church, after a conference in the Diocese of George, March 2013
“The teachings were illustrated or emphasised by demonstrations; It was helpful to have priests within the groups, sharing best experiences was motivating; facilitators were very helpful and they are full of the Holy Spirit; teaching and presentation to me on the Holy Spirit was the eye opener” - Sibongile, Diocese of Zululand, March 2012
"I want to thank you for the wonderful team that you sent to this year's conference. It was great and marvellous and charismatic, you should have seen how exciting it was!" - Martin Mlaka, Evangelism Coordinator, Diocese of Southern Malawi, August 2008
"I want to thank the Lord for the blessings I have received here. I have been moved from where I was. I think I will never be the same" - a priest, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique, May 2006

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Feedback from Diocesan Coordinators
"Rooted in Jesus allows no space for grass to grow under ones feet. You have got to keep on moving, monitoring the growth of the Lord’s disciples stationed in various churches. It is a ministry that generates joy in one’s life as one watches and participates in the growth of disciple making. As the Lord promised to be with us in this glorious activity of disciple making, His presence is indeed conspicuous. He continually speaks through His ancient Words to bring forth meaning applicable to our daily life experiences, in ways we have not heard before. So no one leaves Rooted in Jesus assemblies without taking home something new for his/her people. We are enjoying what we are doing and it is a life time ministry." Canon John Musaasizi, Diocese of Mityana, Uganda

"We live in unpredictable times and face challenges. RinJ’s vocation is located at the crossroads where renewal and mission meet. Renewal without mission quickly becomes self indulgence. Mission without renewal often results in disillusion. Renewal for mission lies at the heart of the Spirit’s activity in the church. Unpredictable times and discontinuous change make discernment the Church’s most critical capacity for our day. Discernment takes place where word and Spirit meet, not this time at a crossroads but at a junction, the junction between past and the future." Revd John Onyao, Diocese of Karamoja, Uganda

"The RinJ teachings are changing people and making them disciples of JESUS, solving marriage problems or conflicts and giving peace to people, giving children by the power of the Holy Spirit through the word of God to those who need them” - Revd James Mayundo, Missionary Diocese of Kalemie, DR Congo
"I thank God for this course of Rooted in Jesus because it brings real change to my own life; the roots have added to me day by day, when I read and teach lessons from the book, and I have many things to share with others. One of my group members said, 'even if we are many, this book is like speaking to us individually'; another said, 'this book is a revelation from God' - and I agree with her." Revd Charles Unjiro, Diocese of Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
"I haven't the words to tell of the many blessings people have received through this programme... There is wonderful revival in the Church now the Christians know the word of God, and they have power to tell anybody what he trust it and who is Jesus, and what he did in his/ her life. The community saw many things from our groups that they change their life completely. Some of them tried to say really God is great because some people change completely their life from sins, like drink, worship of idols, and witchcraft, and so on"... "Other testimonies are so wondrous that you can't believe simply! The fruits are visible. People were leaving the Anglican church for the Pentecostals, but because of the groups they are coming back - and the church can mature" - Revd Michael Samuel, Diocese of Kiteto, Tanzania
"Members of groups in different areas witness to me how they have been blessed. One said: 'At the present time I have the power of the Holy Spirit. I can stand anywhere to share with other people the good news of Jesus. I can go even to youth groups without a Bible and have dialogue with them, because in my brain I have a lot of verses.' One said: 'I was unable to walk but after starting to study the Bible together and pray I am what you can see now.' So many people are cured of their diseases through studying and praying together. The opportunity to know the Bible, encourage, pray, share with each other in the Parish and in the Church, it is harmonizing us. Some group members went to preach and others were baptized." Canon Lukas Saidi, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania

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Feedback from Group Leaders
Rooted in Jesus is a real eye opener! There is a lot l didn't know about my parishoners. Group introductions alone reveal that our parishoners are dying in silence and I am very convinced that RinJ is the real Cure.” Fr Edward Kawinga, Diocese of Upper Shire, Malawi
“The RinJ teachings are very, very important to build a church because at Manono after the first seminar, we went back and started 5 groups of 4 persons each, those groups of 4 persons make now 15 groups of 10 persons each. Those groups help us to expand the church and make the number of believers increase."- Ven NGOY WA KABILA Vincent, Archdeacon of Manono, Missionary Diocese of Kalemie
"The encouragement that I could give to the young people out there is, find a group and join it and experience it for yourself, because this experience is one in a lifetime, you can't find anything like it!" - Renae, a group leader from St Mark's diocese, South Africa
"We are doing well at Mkuti with the rooting in Jesus as we meet two days per week into two groups. We do thank God, that one of the first fruits, is to have two young people who preached during the service on the last two Sundays. They were great, great in Jesus and I learn that the congregations were moved and so interested in their sermons. I am looking for the way we can help these to send to Bible Colleges so that they can be equipped very well so they can be good evangelists not in the parish but much in the Diocese". Fr James Almasi, Diocese of Masasi
"I again thank God for you because your coming to us has been a blessing to our church in a way that Christians' spiritual life styles have been revived through that method of 'Get rooted in Christ'. Since your visit to us, some Christians have strengthened their relationships with their God through group discussions like Rwensande, Kyabarungira and Kirabaho churches. It's a new method of preaching and teaching through which many people are fished, and commit their lives to Christ" - Ven Japheth Rvmbathonda, Diocese of S Rwenzori
"The people who are growing the fastest in my group are those who cannot read or write, because they are the ones who have received the memory verses into their hearts" - Group leader, Kibaya, Diocese of Kiteto, Tanzania
"It's never a dull moment when you are in class or discussion. You can feel the presence of God and that people are being touched - Revd Godwin Manganani, Diocese of Luapula, Zambia

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Feedback from Rooted in Jesus Junior
"Rooted in Jesus Junior is a course designed to help children know God and learn to depend on him. It helps nurture children to be disciples who will be able to disciple their fellow junior disciples. In the Diocese of Eastern Zambia, the training was held in the four Archdeaconries, that is Eastern, Mfuwe, Central and Western Archdeaconries. In each Archdeaconry the conference took three days. After these trainings we have seen that the Sunday school has grown now because children are able to disciple others.” Abraham Phiri, Diocese of Eastern Zambia
"Sunday schools in many churches are meeting under the family of one heart and one mind [RinJ]training. You can find in one church  more than three groups that were not there before. Nowadays we can hear voices of kids memorising verses, which is very encouraging to parents and many Christians that there is something new going on in the midst of children. In the Diocese of Mara we have 54 groups going on and doing wonders in memorising and sharing testimonies. Recently I attended a service for Sunday school to complete book 2 at All Saints, Nyasura, Bunda and witnessed how children carry potential for the future of the church. The Anglican Church has a future in Tanzania because children are brought up properly in a biblical teaching" - Canon Jacob Robert, Diocese of Mara, Tanzania
"Currently, our Grades 2-6 use Rooted in Jesus Junior. Personally, I am enjoying teaching Rooted in Jesus Junior. I find that some of the topics/questions really encourage the children to ask questions, which I like. Ever since my Grade 5 started using Junior, they've always been 10-12 eager-beavers who are so committed to being in Sunday School every week and come at least half an hour before Sunday School starts. We go over what we learnt the previous week and then move on to our current lesson. I give the children rewards for learning their memory verses, and this seems to work quite well. It's all about Jesus, and I can honestly say that the Holy Spirit is indeed with us." Lucy Burgess, Sunday School Superintendent at All Saints Belhar, Cape Town
“Rooted in Jesus has transformed our work with children; it is changing our church; teachers and children are enthusiastic for Jesus”.
“It has taught us how to support and help our children grow in the Christian faith”
"Children do not miss Sunday School now"
“Christian parents are very pleased now as 'children have proper Christian education like the Muslims at the madrassahs'"
“We are helping children really grow in their faith”
“We value the syllabus for the church that Junior has given us. We had no syllabus before now. This is a new experience for us and it is good for us. Rooted in Jesus has given us a curriculum” - Canon James Almasi and Revd Carlos Marcus, Mkomaindo, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
I am happy to inform you that Rooted in Jesus Junior worked for us so much while at NEW LIFE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH JINJA. From the time we adopted those materials, we experienced vibrant exiting Sunday school meetings with the children. The five Sunday school teachers that I trained using Rooted in Jesus materials have become very good teachers. They are now more practical during every meeting with the children. This has improved much of the children's zeal and love for Christ plus the church. A lot of spiritual gifts were realised like evangelism, worship, preaching, prayer, storytelling, drama, scripture memory verses etc. among the children. Some of these children lead worship during the main service and other church meetings. The number of the children which was about 25 at our church, it has now has grown to 150+"' - Pastor Ali Mukembo, Jinja, Uganda
"Our ministry is led by the boys and girls. Ibrahim and Kennedy are teaching the programme in our orphanage. They tell me they have seen a great change in the way the word is received by the children and there is a great joy and fun in the meetings. There is growth in the Word of God in their lives." - Pastor Moses, Leader at the New Lease of Life Children's Village, Uganda

Read more feedback from Rooted in Jesus Junior here.

Rooted in Jesus is published and supported by The Mathetes Trust. For more information please contact us.