How to run Alpha

First

Understand Alpha

Why Alpha?

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.

Alpha offers the opportunity to do just that – in an informal, friendly and open environment. No one can force anyone to believe anything, we've found over the years that if we express radical hospitality and let guests be themselves, lives will be transformed.

What's the story

Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.

Developed as a short course at HTB London, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

Alpha is...

Real

Alpha presents the reality of who Jesus is. Those that run Alpha are open and authentic, and this allows guests to be real themselves.

Relational

Alpha is based on real friendships that are built over a few weeks, and often last for years afterwards.

Reliant

On Alpha we are reliant on the Holy Spirit because we realise that it is only God who changes people's lives – we just introduce him.

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What others say

"Alpha was the best thing I ever did. It helped answer some huge questions and to find a simple empowering faith in my life." Bear Grylls Adventurer

"Alpha was the best thing I ever did. It helped answer some huge questions and to find a simple empowering faith in my life."

Bear Grylls

Adventurer

"Alpha is the most powerful tool for reaching young people that I've come across."  Ray Driscoll Taking Alpha into schools >

"Alpha is the most powerful tool for reaching young people that I've come across." 

Ray Driscoll

Taking Alpha into schools >

"For me, Alpha is a no brainer. It's a tool that allows people to know who Jesus is."  Cris Rogers Alpha in London's East End >

"For me, Alpha is a no brainer. It's a tool that allows people to know who Jesus is." 

Cris Rogers

Alpha in London's East End >

"We started Alpha to reach out to the parish, but Alpha changed the church." John Dickinson Changing church culture in Carnmoney, Northern Ireland >

"We started Alpha to reach out to the parish, but Alpha changed the church."

John Dickinson

Changing church culture in Carnmoney, Northern Ireland >

Last

Here are 5 steps to get started

Invite We know that people are far more likely to go on Alpha when they are invited by others. And so this year, Bear Grylls is using his position to help churches across the globe to invite people to try Alpha. He will be featured on all of Alpha's physical and digital invitation content.      Start downloading the physical assets in May to get ready for the Invitation launch in September. We'd love you to be part of this adventure in what could be be Alpha's most exciting year to date.  Start inviting >  

Invite

We know that people are far more likely to go on Alpha when they are invited by others. And so this year, Bear Grylls is using his position to help churches across the globe to invite people to try Alpha. He will be featured on all of Alpha's physical and digital invitation content.   

 

Start downloading the physical assets in May to get ready for the Invitation launch in September. We'd love you to be part of this adventure in what could be be Alpha's most exciting year to date. 

Start inviting >

 

Pray Prayer needs to be the foundation of Alpha. It is when we pray that God does abundantly more than we ever could.    How are you praying for your Alpha and creating a culture of prayer?  Explore ideas here >  

Pray

Prayer needs to be the foundation of Alpha. It is when we pray that God does abundantly more than we ever could. 

 

How are you praying for your Alpha and creating a culture of prayer? 

Explore ideas here >

 

Train Training is a vital part of ensuring that your Alpha runs well.   Step 1: Learn all about the DNA of Alpha Step 2: Train yourself Step 3: Train your team. Get the steps here > 

Train

Training is a vital part of ensuring that your Alpha runs well.

 

Step 1: Learn all about the DNA of Alpha

Step 2: Train yourself

Step 3: Train your team.

Get the steps here > 

Tools There are a number of resources that you can use to run your Alpha.   Want to give live talks? We’ve got scripts for that. Want to gather round a TV? We’ve got Alpha Film Series for that. Want to engage a bunch of youth? We’ve got the Youth Film Series for that. Find out more about the tools at your fingertips > 

Tools

There are a number of resources that you can use to run your Alpha.

 

Want to give live talks? We’ve got scripts for that.

Want to gather round a TV? We’ve got Alpha Film Series for that.

Want to engage a bunch of youth? We’ve got the Youth Film Series for that.

Find out more about the tools at your fingertips > 

Launch Start your Alpha in style by launching it to your church and community. We’ve gathered some stories from various churches that have all launched their Alpha in different ways. Get inspired here >

Launch

Start your Alpha in style by launching it to your church and community. We’ve gathered some stories from various churches that have all launched their Alpha in different ways.

Get inspired here >

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