Share life, faith, hope and Jesus on Alpha.
Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, online or in person, where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about life, faith and Jesus.Get Started
Alpha can be used in small groups to create an engaging space where people can invite their friends into conversations about life, faith, and God.
Discipleship and sharing the gospel go hand in hand. Churches have shown us that Alpha can be used in small groups to grow people in their faith and confidence in talking about Jesus with their friends, family, and neighbours.
Small group Alphas often run alongside a centralized Alpha in the church and become a part of the church’s small group ministry when the Alpha is ended. These new small groups consist of mature believers, people new to the faith, and those still exploring faith.
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a way to inspire and equip churches to create a space where people from any background can encounter Jesus. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Christians of all traditions, and provides a common expression of faith.
Over 1 million people in Canada have experienced Alpha, and millions more have taken Alpha in over 100 countries and over 100 languages around the globe.
What does an Alpha Session look like?
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick online catch-up, times of connecting are important. It’s no different at Alpha. Whether in person over a meal or virtually with a cup of tea, all sessions start with a time to connect, relax and build friendships.
The Alpha talks are designed to engage people from all walks of life and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”
The discussion time is an opportunity for people to respond to the talk, hear from others, and contribute their own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.
What topics does Alpha cover?
Alpha generally runs over 11 weeks, and includes a weekend away after session 7. In this season, churches have been creatively running the Alpha Weekend/Day online, and we have training to help you organize this.
The Alpha sessions include these topics:
Is there more to life than this?
Who is Jesus?
Why did Jesus die?
How can I have faith?
Why and how do I pray?
Why and how should I read the Bible?
How does God guide us?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
What does the Holy Spirit do?
How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
How can I resist evil?
Why and how should I tell others?
Does God heal today?
What about the Church?
What I love about Alpha is that it’s not really a formula, it’s just community, around a table, with the gospel of Jesus and an openness to Holy Spirit.
John Mark Comer, Pastor of Vision & Teaching, Bridgetown Church
Over the past two years, we’ve seen Alphas running in high schools all led by students from other youth groups that we brought together. Alpha was the primary tool to put in their hands, and we’ve seen a few thousand people go through Alpha through the obedience of these students.
James Clarence, Youth and Young Adults Pastor, First Assembly Church, Calgary AB
Alpha equips people to be missionary disciples, not simply to just be consumers of their faith. It brings people into these much deeper relationships, and makes people comfortable sharing their faith with others.
Father Michael Leclerc, St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Montreal, QC
How do I get started?
After you sign up online, we’ll show you how to create a space where people who wouldn’t normally come to church feel comfortable having a discussion about God.
We’ll provide you with tools and training to equip your team to run Alpha and inspire the church to invite their friends.
Then you’ll get access to everything you need to run Alpha.