08 Contextualise Your Alpha

We are excited about the Easter Invitation and we are so glad that you have chosen to join the hundreds of other churches around the nation running Alpha in Term 2 this year. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explores the basics of the Christian faith and allows guests to openly share their ideas in a non-judgmental environment.

Contextualise Your Alpha Sessions

Planning is a key aspect to Alpha. To do this well, we need to consider the type of guests that will be attending our interactive sessions. Who exactly is our audience? As Alpha is a great resource for people on the fringe of Christianity or those who have never been inside a church building, it's important we consider who our likely audience will be. Here are some helpful questions to ask when planning Alpha:

Who is our audience?

Age, ethnicity, demographic, where do they spend most of their time? How do they normally ask & discuss life’s big questions? Where do they prefer to gather?

Where do we run Alpha?

Should we run Alpha at church or in a neutral location? Where is a place that our audience will feel comfortable? What do we need in the room?

When should we run Alpha?

Given our audience, what is the best day and time in the week? Could we have 2 Alpha’s running each week at different times i.e. a day Alpha and a night Alpha?

Which Alpha should we use?

Given our audience, should we use the new Alpha with Nicky Gumbel, Alpha with Jamie Haith (known also as Student Alpha) or Alpha Youth Film Series? Could we do live talks or a combination of videos and live talks?

Remember to
register your Alpha
once you have set your dates

Your Alpha will then appear on our
"Alpha Finder" map so potential
guests can find it using their postcode. 

New Resources Online Now!

Log in to Run Alpha and click on "Find Resources" to see all new artwork for invitations, posters, pull up banners and social media to help you promote your Alpha. It's all FREE for you to download and use!

PLEASE NOTE: We have had a slight delay in getting the free outdoor banners shipped to us, but they'll be available within the next couple of weeks. We will have more details about how we will get them to you shortly. In the meantime, make sure you register your Alpha (see above) to be eligible to receive one.

We are here to help

If you have any questions about facilitating Alpha we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do what we can to support you. 

You can also join our Alpha Leaders Facebook group where you can ask other Alpha leaders your questions (https://www.facebook.com/groups/runalpha/).

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