What is Rooted?
by Kat Flores, Member of Granada Heights
For me, Rooted was an answer to prayer.
I have been attending our church for about 5 years now and before Rooted, I knew about 6 people. I would see in the weekly bulletin, an announcement of a memorial service and I would wonder if I had ever met the person who had passed. I wondered if maybe she was in the choir with me and I just didn’t know her name. I thought to myself, “The church really ought to put a picture of the person on the announcement so we would know who they are.” This is an example of my human brain ‘solving’ the problem; “…someone else should really do something about this.” The Holy Spirit, who always thinks bigger than we do, had a different idea. “No, you need to meet people and get to know them and let them get to know you.”
I also felt spiritually stagnant. I was going to church on Sundays, but frankly, I wasn’t doing much else. I decided to buy a book about the Bible, to help put the Bible into context and I planned to read from it each day; another example of my problem solving skills being limited by my own humanity. I did read my book and the Bible- for about a week. That was when I started hearing about Rooted, so I decided to sign-up and I can honestly say the Rooted experience changed me. I hope forever. In Rooted, you connect in a very organic, meaningful way with 10-12 people you wouldn’t have known otherwise. You learn their story, their challenges, you celebrate their praise reports, you really get to know them and you quickly realize you truly care about these people who, just 10 weeks ago, were strangers; and they know and care about you too! It really is amazing.
The subject matter you cover in the 10 weeks is incredibly well thought out and impactful. It somehow speaks directly to you, whether you’re a new believer or someone who has been walking with Christ for sixty years. Rooted doesn’t teach you about the Bible, although it is certainly Biblical. In Rooted, you learn about you! You uncover your story, even if you didn’t think you had one. You uncover your spiritual gift(s), even if you didn’t think you had any, and it helps you identify your sin (again– even if you didn’t think you had any). Rooted also helps you develop your prayer muscles and leads your heart towards service. It makes you think about money differently and helps you develop a way to share His word with non-believers. Rooted instills real life skills for modern day Christians!
The homework helps you develop a routine of spending time with Christ every day; reading, contemplating, and writing. I was not only able to find this new rhythm but actually began to enjoy it. If I didn’t do my homework, I knew I was missing something important and I realized I may be robbing the group of something important as well. I began to see the Holy Spirit move in my heart and in others as individuals and then more still in the group. In Rooted, I was brought to my knees in humility and thankfulness that our Father loves me so perfectly and wants so much more for me than even I wanted for myself. I still struggle with spending time every day, but it is better than it was. I have seen how much better life is when you spend time with Him. Now, I know almost 30 people solely because of Rooted. People I share prayer requests with, people I have lunch with, people I call my friends. So, if you are praying for a way to grow your relationship with Christ and connect with others at church, Rooted is the answer to your prayer as well.