About Rooted in Jesus

Rooted in Jesus is a group course in Christian discipleship written for use in Africa. It is the only material of its kind written especially for the use of ordinary African Christians, rather than translated from material developed for the West – where people face different problems and challenges in their Christian lives.


Now in use in many African countries, Rooted in Jesus was originally created as part of the link relationship between Holy Trinity in Leicester Diocese and the Diocese of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, at the request of Revd Stanley Hotay, then diocesan missioner and now the bishop. Rooted in Jesus  was edited by Rev Dr Alison Morgan, with help from a team of clergy and teachers from Leicester with experience of living and working in Africa. It is normally introduced to a whole diocese or area, at the invitation of the bishop or denominational leader, by a team of ministers from the UK and Africa. Because Rooted in Jesus is as much a method as a course, this has proved the best way of establishing it effectively. Groups are led by pastors, evangelists or catechists, and newly commissioned lay leaders, both men and women. Many of these groups have seen people becoming Christians, experiencing answered prayer, deepening their commitment to one another and to the church, and living changed lives. There is also now a Rooted in Jesus Junior course for use in Sunday Schools.

Rooted In Jesus
is endorsed by the Anglican Communion and supported by The Mathetes Trust, an independent UK registered charity. Mathetes is the New Testament word for ‘disciple,’ and the core purpose of the Mathetes Trust is to help promote a culture of discipleship and disciple-making.

Who are we?

Rooted in Jesus is overseen by a small group of people, each working with many others – trainers, diocesan coordinators, translators, group leaders, and administrators.

Core team: Rooted in Jesus is a project of The Mathetes Trust, of which Canon Roger Morgan is the Director. It is edited and overseen by Rev Dr Alison Morgan. Rt Rev Stanley Hotay is the Director of Rooted in Jesus Tanzania. Rev Trevor Pearce is the Director of Rooted in Jesus South Africa. To find out more about our team click here.


How does Rooted in Jesus work?

Rooted in Jesus is introduced to a diocese through a four day residential training conference hosted by the bishop and led by an experienced team. A diocesan coordinator is appointed to support the new group leaders. A followup conference may be held a year later, and Rooted in Jesus Junior, the companion programme for use with children, may be introduced once the adult programme is established.

  • For more details about the practical arrangements, to find out what we ask from a diocese wishing to introduce Rooted in Jesus and what we are able to offer in return, click here.
  • For feedback from those who have adopted Rooted in Jesus click here.
  • For testimonies from group members whose lives have been changed by their participation in Rooted in Jesus click here.

Bishop Martin Breytenbach of Growing the Church, South Africa, writes:

“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.


Visit the Rooted in Jesus website at www.rootedinjesus.net