Alpha

Alpha

Alpha is a great tool for church leaders to facilitate conversations around the Christian faith with parishioners and the broader community. Typically run over eleven weeks, each Alpha session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha provides an opportunity for people to ask questions and share their point of view, in an open, friendly environment. Millions of people have tried Alpha all around the world, and it has been translated into 112 different languages. Alpha is run in cafes, churches, universities, homes — you name it. 

Alpha essentials

Prayer

Pray weekly with the Alpha team. Ask helpers to pray consistently for group members. Recruit others to pray.

At least eight weeks

Run Alpha for a minimum of eight weeks.

Films

Use the Alpha Film Series to unpack the basics of the Christian faith in an updated and engaging way.​

Small groups​

Provide opportunities for conversations in small groups, allowing people to freely share their thoughts about faith and Jesus in a relaxed and natural way.​

Weekend /
day away

Offer a chance to get away from the busyness of everyday life so people can build friendships, have space to reflect on the journey so far, and receive prayer ministry.

Prayer ministry

Serve Alpha participants through prayer, particularly during the weekend away. These opportunities provide space for people to encounter God's love in a personal way.

Alpha additions

Launch event

Glam up the first session by creating a festive atmosphere with music, food and opportunities for guests to take and share photos on social media.

Deepen community

Train team members to connect with participants between sessions e.g. invitation to one-on-one coffee, or texting/emailing a "We missed you last week" message.

Live Q&A

Offer a live question and answer forum where participants can ask a senior leader or panel of leaders any question on any topic.

Venue

Consider hosting Alpha in a relaxed venue such as as a cafe or pub.

Reframe weekend /
day away

Reframe the weekend / day away as a holiday experience or retreat with activities e.g. sunrise reflection, hike, journaling and workshops. Market the event well with a professional-looking brochure or video.

Post Alpha menu

Offer opportunities and next steps for people to continue engaging after Alpha finishes. e.g. join a church, join a small group, stay connected with a friend from Alpha, or come to Alpha again.

Resources

Free training

The Alpha Australia Queensland Team offers free training for church leaders, helping them work through best practices to make the most of the Alpha experience. Contact PMC staff to connect with an Alpha trainer.

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Tips for running alpha

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