Frequently Asked Questions
What is Rooted?
Rooted is a 10-week discipleship journey in groups of 12-16 people that helps you connect to God, the church, and your purpose. At the end of the 10 weeks, your group will have the option to continue as a life group.
Where is Rooted?
We will meet at our Franklin Road and Shelby Street campuses.
Is there a cost?
Yes, the cost is $40/person. This fee will help offset the cost of your participant guide, printed materials for participants and facilitators, and the Celebration night expenses. Scholarships are available.
How can I apply for a scholarship or give to the scholarship fund?
We want everyone to participate in Rooted and realize some can’t due to finances. If that’s you, you can apply for a scholarship. If you would like to give so that others can experience Rooted, you can give securely.
Will there be children's programming?
You bet! Rooted Kids is provided on-site for children up to 5th grade, and your child will learn the same rhythms that you'll be learning each week. The weekly cost of Rooted Kids comes out to be less than $3/child. Scholarships are available when you register your child.
Because of the nature of Rooted Kids, your child needs to be registered for the entire session, and you can do that when completing your own registration.
Can I bring my child into the weekly Rooted adult group discussions?
In order to create a more conducive environment for discussion, we ask that all children ages birth -5th grade register for Rooted Kids and not be in the room with parents. Nursing mothers are welcome to care for their infant while participating in group discussions.
What if I can't be there every Tuesday night of the 10-week study?
Overall, what we are asking for is commitment. Your commitment will be essential for you, your Rooted group (and, later on, your life group). Unless you’re ill, working or out of town, please be there! We understand people’s schedules are busy and you may miss a night or two. However, we also understand that whenever someone isn’t present, the group’s dynamics are impacted. If you know you’re going to miss more than two nights, this round of Rooted is most likely not for you (but we encourage you to consider attending the next session). We also understand some people have work schedules which will require them to miss more than two times (nurses, firefighters, etc.) for any Rooted session. It still may be possible to participate! Again, commitment is what we desire, not merely attendance percentages. If your work schedule somewhat fits the upcoming Rooted schedule (but will miss more than two) and you need help deciding if you should participate this session, email email@example.com.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
No problem. We will offer full refunds up until Rooted begins on August 18. Since we base our materials and planning expenses on the total number of registrations, once Rooted starts refunds are no longer available. If you have registered and something has changed in your plans, email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
What makes this different than a Bible study?
It is quite a bit different. Yes, there’s group discussion centered on the truth of the Gospel. But Rooted is about more than just studying together. It’s about doing together, applying what you read each week, being vulnerable in discussions, serving, confessing, praying, and celebrating. Ten weeks is a short amount of time to spend with a group who start as strangers, but the level of intimacy that grows is hard to believe. And remember, this is a launchpad to connect you to an ongoing life group, which is probably the biggest difference. See a sample of the daily homework.
What if I’m already connected with a group/person? Can I experience Rooted with them?
Of course! Indicate their name(s) and request to be in the same Rooted group on the registration form (there’s a spot just for that). Because the design is to continue this discipleship experience in an ongoing Life Group, it makes sense to honor discipleship relationships that have been formed prior to Rooted. We will do our best to honor the placement preferences but cannot guarantee every request.
How are Rooted groups put together?
The goal in Rooted is to set a group up to continue together as a life group. So, on the registration we ask for your group type preference and also if there are other people you intend to have in your group (e.g., an existing life group). We do our best to honor these requests. We also prioritize age ranges and geographic location when constructing groups. Throughout the process we humbly pray for the Lord to put the people together as He would see fit. We expect Him to move and earnestly trust Him in this process. It has been humbling and awesome to hear the frequent feedback from participants on how they can see the Lord’s hand on assembling their group together.
What happens after Rooted?
Your Rooted group is designed to be launched into an ongoing life group. We believe the best way to learn to become like Christ is in community with other believers. This is what a life group is all about. It's not required that you'll continue, but statistics show that almost all Rooted groups continue to become life groups.
What if my spouse and I want to attend but only one of us is available for this session?
The intention of Rooted is to berth the group into an ongoing Life Group. If you are both seeking a life group for discipleship purposes it will be best to go through Rooted together with the same group of people. We recognize that some family situations (e.g., child’s sleep schedule, work schedule) make it difficult for both husband and wife to participate in Rooted together. Even with the variety of scenarios and seasons some couples face we believe, in the long-run, both spouses will get to experience Rooted (even if it ends up being different Rooted sessions) and continue spiritual growth with others in a Life Group. If at all possible, we strongly encourage couples to experience Rooted together.
Will Rooted be offered more than one time?
Yes. We have already completed Rooted sessions and plan to offer Rooted 2-3 times per year. Updates will be posted on this page.
I have more questions. Where do I go for answers?
Feel free to email email@example.com with any questions you may have.