HOW TO RUN ALPHA
Alpha is simply an idea, a story and a tool. How you customize it makes all the difference – remember to think outside of the church walls. Take a few minutes to answer the questions below to discover how you’d like to run it. When you’re ready, our Alpha Australia staff can help you get started, whatever the context and whoever you’re called to reach!
WHAT ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS?
A proven format to running successful Alpha sessions includes: food, a short talk (on video or live) about the Christian faith, and a space to share your thoughts in an open discussion (in small groups) while trained hosts facilitate the conversation.
WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED?
Life: Is There More to Life Than This?
Jesus: Who Is Jesus?
Cross: Why Did Jesus Die?
Faith: How Can We Have Faith?
Prayer: Why and How Do I Pray?
Word: Why and How Do I Read the Bible?
Follow: How Does God Guide Us?
Spirit: Who Is the Holy Spirit and What Does He Do?
Fill: How Can I Be Filled With the Holy Spirit?
Evil: How Can I Resist Evil?
Healing: Does God Heal Today?
Church: What About the Church and Telling Others?
WHO ARE YOU CALLED TO REACH?
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO REACH THEM?
Alpha can be run anywhere! It has been run in prisons in Guatemala, cafés in New York, expeditions in Antarctica, pubs in Melbourne and homes in Bundaberg. Alpha is run best in an environment where it is easy to invite people, where they can come and feel comfortable to chat.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
1. REGISTER ONLINE & WATCH
Registering gives you full access to the Alpha talks and resources, including training, promotional materials, and more. Download and become familiar with the entire series. Registering also gives you the option to be added to our online "Alpha Finder", which helps people find your course, and promotion through Alpha Australia's social media – free publicity! Register here.
2. SAVE THE DATES
Pick the dates, time, and place to host your Alpha and make the necessary arrangements to reserve the space. Make plans for your Weekend Away (or day away) as soon as you can. Alpha can run from 8 – 12 weeks depending on how many sessions you plan to have on the Weekend Away.
3. BUILD & TRAIN YOUR TEAM
Recruit people to join your team and schedule a time to train them. Running Alpha is a team sport and success largely depends on filling some key roles: small group hosts, small group helpers, a prayer team, and catering. Training is absolutely essential to help team members understand the DNA of Alpha, learn effective small group skills and build unity. Training resources are available online, and by all means contact us if you would like help to train your team.
Prayer changes things. Invite a group of people to pray for your team and all of the guests throughout the duration of Alpha. Pray with your team before and after each Alpha session.
5. PROMOTE AND INVITE
Spread the word and build excitement about your Alpha. Work with your team and the whole church to find creative ways to encourage them and to invite others. Personal invitations are always the most impacting. Free promotional resources are available free online when your register your Alpha. You can download editable PDFs (open and edit them with Adobe Reader) to add your own Alpha details.