Frequently Asked Questions

Trying Alpha

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question around faith, and the talks are designed to create conversation in small groups afterwards. It’s totally free, it’s run all over the globe, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more about Alpha.

What is Alpha Australia’s ultimate goal?

We want to empower churches to be places where people can come to explore the Christian faith, and to give every church in Australia the opportunity to reach out to their community using Alpha.

What happens at Alpha?

Every Alpha is different, but generally they have three things in common: food, a talk and conversation.

Food – Most sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to connect and get to know everyone there.

Talk – The talks explore the basics of the Christian faith and are designed to inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as an episode. Watch a talk

Conversation – There is a discussion after the talk where you can share your thoughts and ideas on the session’s topic. You can say anything

How many people attend Alpha in Australia?

Currently, around 350,000 have attended Alpha in Australia. We are aiming for one million people to have Alpha as part of their story by 2023.

How can I find an Alpha near me?

Just head to Try Alpha and type in your location to find an Alpha where you are – then you can contact the team running it to let them know you’re interested in coming, and they can answer any questions you might have about that course.

How much does it cost?

Alpha is completely free – and there’s no follow-up if you don’t want to come back after the first session.

How do I sign up?

Just head to Try Alpha and type in your location to find an Alpha where you are – then you can get in touch with an Alpha near you, and let them know you’re interested in coming.

How can I get in touch with someone about Alpha?

Find an Alpha near you at Try Alpha and get in touch with Alpha’s near you – or contact us to find out more about Alpha. To contact us around the globe, find Alpha in your region.

Running Alpha

What’s the best way to run Alpha?

Alpha works best with eight to twelve weekly sessions including food, a short talk, open discussion, and a weekend away. Alpha is most effective when it’s a regular part of church life, so we recommend running it two or three times each year.

How can I register my course?

Register your course on by clicking ‘Get Started’.

How do I promote my Alpha on

Register your course on and choose to ‘Promote’ your Alpha.

How can I train my team?

All of our training materials are online and can be downloaded for free. Head on over to and register your Alpha.

How is Alpha funded?

Alpha Australia is largely dependent on the generosity of individuals and churches. We receive a small margin on sales through our distributor; however, we offer many resources free through our website.

My question isn’t here. Who can I get in touch with?

Please contact us at if you have any further questions. Or if you’re not in Australia, connect with Alpha where you are.