As I promised last year, I will review different resources in 2022 on occasion in my weekly article. For the new year, my review is of one of the best church resources I’ve ever seen. Let me explain why I’m having trouble curbing my enthusiasm.
The Origins of Rooted
This resource has its origins in Kenya. Churches that used Rooted were seeing transformation among their members. Eventually, the 10-week resource made its way to Mariners Church in Irvine, California. After making the resource the discipleship pathway for its congregation, Mariners began receiving inquiries from other churches about this small group experience.
Today, primarily through word of mouth, Rooted is in thousands of churches and more than 30 countries around the world. It is not an overstatement to say Rooted is a movement today.
Rooted Is a Discipleship Pathway for Churches
One of the most frequent questions we get at Church Answers is: What is a good discipleship resource for my church? After I ordered the Rooted material, I soon saw that I had my answer. In fact, this resource provides a discipleship pathway that moves the participant from the study of biblical truths to becoming a transformational believer impacting the church and the community.
In essence, this resource is a study resource, a discipleship resource, a volunteer resource, a generosity resource, a ministry resource, and an evangelism resource. Impressively, nine of ten church members who participate in Rooted continue in ongoing small groups after the 10-week discipleship experience concludes.
Currently, Rooted is offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and German. It is truly a worldwide phenomenon. It has spawned The Rooted Network for church leaders to get support, training, and collaboration.
What the Research Says about Rooted
Since Rooted began several years ago, we have several data points that demonstrate its efficacy and the ways God is using it.
- 70% of participants serve more frequently as volunteers.
- 82% of participants increase their giving to their local church.
- 90% of participants continue in an ongoing small group.
- 10% of participants are baptized.
Most churches using Rooted develop a rhythm where it is offered more than one time a year. In essence, it becomes the on-ramp in the church and the pathway for discipleship as people come into the church. Church leaders seek to get as many existing members into the 10-week experience as well.
An Excellent Review
It is good to start the year with such an outstanding resource to review. I love the fact that the discipleship pathway is so clear. I love how this experience can touch the mind, the heart, and the actions of church members. And I love that Rooted can eliminate complexity in churches that have a myriad of programs and ministries.
If you are using Rooted in your church, let me hear from you. If you are not familiar with Rooted, you can check it out at www.experiencerooted.com.
You will be glad you did.
Posted on January 3, 2022
With nearly 40 years of ministry experience, Thom Rainer has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of local churches across North America.
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