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ROOTED EXPERIENCE
 
What is ROOTED?

 
Rooted is a 10-week, small group, discipleship experience that provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church community and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways.
 
Think of Rooted as a personal journey – a journey with the goal of deepening your connection with God, His Church, and your purpose in the big, epic story He is writing through human history. Rooted is a catalyst for life-change. Rooted provokes questions and conversations and offers group experiences designed to give you a glimpse of your story in God’s story
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Rooted is typically offered two times per year at ACC: August & January
Men’s, women’s, young adults, singles and other affinity groups vary by session.
 
This is one of the most important experiences that we do here at ACC so you don’t want to miss it.
 
 
 

Next ROOTED Session:

Launch Gathering:
Sunday, January 7th
 
Registration Coming Soon!
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WHY ROOTED?

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Research has proven that one of the most powerful ways we retain information is through experience. Through an experiential model, Rooted teaches people what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, built on faith’s foundational elements such as worship, generosity, service, evangelism, prayer and studying God’s word.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY & GROWTH

Rooted groups model the value of healthy spiritual community and simultaneously trains leaders to lead thriving life groups well beyond the 10-week experience. The entire Rooted experience is built with this goal in mind.

Statistics prove that people involved in groups are twice as likely to be engaged with their faith and are more likely to go to church four times a month (79 %), and to read the Bible daily (28 %).  However, according to a recent Barna survey, only 1% of church leaders think they are discipling their new and young believers well. 

At ACC we want to help people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ  and Rooted is the place to see that happen.

A Little History

We discovered Rooted at Mariners Church in Orange County, CA. Here is a little more about what Rooted is and how they started it and why we’re so excited to bring this to ACC!
 
Beyond a program, seminar, or small group, Rooted is a catalyst for life-change…
Rooted provokes questions, conversations, and beyond-what-is-comfortable group experiences that are designed to help you find yourself in God’s story. You will begin to see God in new ways and hear His voice in surprising places. In a world that can be fragmented, isolated, and empty, Rooted allows you to experience a different way of life: community, intimacy, and generosity.
 
Too many of us are held captive by the “normal” and “ordinary” dreams and desires common to modern culture. Although followers of Jesus are called to live a radically counter-cultural life, there is ample evidence this is not so. In fact, many surveys show that Christians are just as likely to embrace lifestyles as consumer-driven, self-centered, and immoral as those not professing to be Christ-followers.
 
American churches have traditionally relied on theological information as the primary activator for life-change. While information certainly has a place, it should not be the only way the church invites people to participate in God’s story. Christians in the Western world know a lot of information, but don’t often experience the life transformation promised in the Scriptures. We know that salvation is a free gift from God – there is nothing we can do to earn it. But being a follower of Jesus comes with a cost. As we learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, we learn we must offer to Him our time, our hearts, our very lives, in order to fully embrace the extraordinary life He has for each of us.
We at Mariners wanted to create an experience that bridged the disparity between what we say we believe and how we live.

We needed something that would be experiential and transferable across all ages, stages, and cultures.

A few years ago, Mariners began a partnership with Pastor Muriithi Wanjau and Mavuno Church in Nairobi, Kenya and we quickly learned they had a similar passion to see people encounter God and grow deeper in their relationship with Him and His Church.

During one of our visits to Mavuno, they told us about an experience their church family was going through that had been developed by Pastor Muriithi. They called it Mizizi, Swahili for “roots.” It wasn’t a Bible study, class, or program and it wasn’t “taught” in the traditional sense of the word. It was a 10-week journey with daily homework that each member of their church went on in community with other believers. Groups of men and women would gather each week and, through a study guide and a facilitator, walk through Scripture and discover God’s purpose for them in their church family and world. The impact of Mizizi on their church was staggering. Thousands of people were discovering for the first time that God loved them specifically and had a beautiful plan for their lives. They learned God has gifted each of them perfectly for His purposes. They learned how to pray and how to unleash the power of His Spirit. They learned about Jesus’ heart for serving the poor, His ability to destroy Satan’s strongholds in their lives, and how He wants them to steward the material resources He’s given them.

When one fully grasps the fullness of God’s plan for his or her life, one can’t help but go out and do it. And that is exactly what was happening at Mavuno Church. People were reaching their community with the love of Jesus, people were discovering they are called to be fearless influencers of society, and their community was changing. Mavuno could hardly keep up with the growth of Mizizi because family members and co-workers who didn’t go to church or have a relationship with Jesus were signing up in droves. They saw their friends and family members’ lives change before their eyes and they wanted to know why and how it was happening. The Good News was proving to be really good news when tested. It was astounding to witness.

We wondered what God might do if we brought Mizizi to Orange County.

We began to work with Pastor Muriithi to adapt the Mizizi experience to our culture while keeping the spirit of the original work. We prayed God would use it in the lives of our staff and church family and He honored our prayers. As people moved through this experience, it became clear it wasn’t the curriculum that was changing lives. It was God. People came with open hearts; expectant of what God would show them. And He did not disappoint. Relationships were mended, strongholds were broken, and people sensed God’s call to go out and change their community in ways they never thought they could.

We believe God has brought us to a place of honesty and vulnerability like we’ve never experienced before. We have come to a place of desperation individually and as a church where we say, “God, we don’t know how to do this. Please do this for us and through us.” In that humility, God comes near and slices through the many facades we have constructed over the years. This has renewed our commitment to becoming authentic, transparent, wholehearted people. It was, and is, astounding to watch this remarkable shift in the culture of our church.