A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa



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Rooted in Jesus has now been introduced to ten dioceses and networks in Uganda.


Diocese of Bunyoro Kitara (from 2012)

In November 2012 the Diocese of Bunyoro Kitara hosted conferences in each of the two archdeaconries, and 106 clergy and lay leaders were trained to lead Rooted in Jesus groups. Canon Eric Twine, the archdeacon of Kagadi, 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 the diocese hosted two followup conferences. The first, in Kagadi, was attended by 187 delegates, of whom 35 were returning and 152 new leaders. 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 adopted by the Diocesan Synod as a key ministry tool for use throughout the diocese. In June 2018 Coordinator Joyce Asaba reported that the groups are strong: "Group Members say that they have really benefited from the course and some have become leaders and formed other groups .They also say that scripture memory has indeed helped them in ministry and also in their daily lives. Others say that their lives have changed completely."


Diocese of East Ruwenzori (from 2019)

Rooted in Jesus was introduced to the Diocese of East Ruwenzori in 2019. The conference was attended by 171 participants, with all of the seven archdeaconries and 42 parishes represented. Those attending included the diocesan clergy, Mothers Union leaders, parish Mission Coordinators, senior Lay Readers and Fathers Union leaders.

The diocese has undertaken a follow-up programme in each of the seven archdeaconries, and by early 2021 there were 146 groups meeting in 6 archdeaonries. A further plenary conference was held in May 2022.

Rooted in Jesus is used in Runyankore.


Diocese of Karamoja (from 2016)

Rooted in Jesus was introduced to the Diocese of Karamoja in 2016. Karamoja is a small diocese with just 11 parishes. The conference was attended by 80 participants: all the clergy, with Lay Readers, Mothers Union members, Fathers Union members, Wardens, Sunday School teachers, Youth leaders, and parish mission coordinators. Rooted in Jesus is used in the Ngakarimojong language.

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 to lead the people of Karamoja into ever deeper discipleship.


Diocese of Kumi (from 2006)

Within the Province Rooted in Jesus was first introduced at the invitation of Bishop Thomas Erigei and Mission Coordinator Canon John Omagor to the Diocese of Kumi.

The books were translated into Ateso, and conferences were held in each of the 3 archdeaconries, with 200 people attending


Diocese of Lango (from 2016)

The Diocese of Lango hosted a Rooted in Jesus training conference in February 2016. the conference, attended by 182 leaders, was held in Lira Cathedra. Rooted in Jesus is overseen from within the Mission Department of the diocese. Rooted in Jesus is used in the Luo language. The diocese reported on the progress of the groups in January 2017:


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.

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 Coordinator 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, the diocese hosted followup conferences attended by 150 people - existing and new leaders, theological college students, lay readers and ordinands. The conferences were marked by answered prayer and by prophetic words.


Diocese of Muhabura (from 2009)

The Diocese of Muhabura lies on the Uganda-Rwanda border, and is centred on the town of Kisoro. Rooted in Jesus was introduced to the diocese in 2009, with residential conferences in the towns of Kisoro and Iryaruvmba for the 80 or so lay delegates. A followup conference took place in October 2010. Rooted in Jesus is strongest in the North of the diocese, where the coordinator reports: "'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".

Rooted in Jesus is used in Rufumbira.


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 in the Quality Discipleship Churches network based in Entebbe and Kampala. 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.

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.

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 by a UK-Ugandan team 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.

Two further training conferences were held a year later, in November 2018, for 175 returning and new leaders in Soroti, and for 70 new leaders in Kaberamaido, using the new translation into Kumam.

Coordinator Pascal Odele reported that by June 2019 there were 107 active groups running across the diocese. By 2021, despite the difficulties of the Covid pandemic, there were 184 groups, some of which have nearly completed the programme. More books have been printed locally to enable further growth.


Diocese of South Rwenzori (from 2008)

This diocese borders Nord Kivu, DR Congo, and the Lhukonzo language is spoken on both sides of the border. The diocese hosted three Rooted in Jesus conferences in May 2008, attended by the clergy, parish mission coordinator and senior lay reader from each parish - a total of some 130-140 peopl.. Rooted in Jesus was received with enthusiasm. 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.

By September 2013 100 groups had been established in the diocese, of which many had completed the first three books of the Rooted in Jesus programme.

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 groups in their Sunday Schools. Archdeaconry coordinators were appointed in 2015, by which time there were RinJ Junior groups all across the diocese.

In August 2020 the Diocesan Mission Coordinator reported: "We thank you for the ministry you have supported within the Rooted in Jesus programme since 2008. The diocese by then had about 300 Churches and because of the Rooted in Jesus programme the Churches have increased nearly to 500. We had 51 parishes and now we have 79. We are grateful to God to God for the expansion of the Churches. In our last report we had 137 groups of Rooted in Jesus, 57 adult groups, 60 junior groups and number of children was 1220 who are reciting Bible verses and can be able to preach.

A further conference for both Rooted in Jesus and Rooted in Jesus Junior group leaders was held in May 2022.

Rooted in Jesus is used in Lhukonzo.

  1. Blog report Fresh impetus in the Rwenzori region of Uganda, July 2022

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Updated by Revd Dr Alison Morgan Jan 2018