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Alpha


Millions of people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.
 

What is Alpha?

The Alpha course started at HTB in London, UK and is a series of group sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith, typically spanning over eleven weeks. Each session begins with a meal, some time to connect with others, and is followed by watching a short video together that dives into some of the most common questions people have about faith like; is there more to life than this? how do I read the Bible? how can we have faith? who is Jesus and why did he have to die? The videos are designed to create conversation where people are free to share what they think and feel about some of those questions in an open, informal and non-judgmental space. Alpha runs in every part of the global church and runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes — you name it.
 

Who Is Alpha For?

Alpha is for anyone who have questions about the Christian faith. People attend from all backgrounds, religions and viewpoints. Many of the guests that attend Alpha have never been to church before. Others may have attended church but feel they've never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.

What happens at an Alpha session? 

Every Alpha is different, but generally they have three things in common:

  • 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 30 minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video.
  • 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 much does it cost to run an Alpha course?

Alpha can be run for free depending on if you download or purchase certain course materials. This means the only cost to you might be the food offering, which also depends on what you'll offer. Will it be a full meal, finger foods and appetizers, or just dessert and beverages?
 

After Attending Alpha…

  • 82% of non-Christians describe themselves as followers of Jesus.
  • 78% of Christian, non-active church goers describe themselves as more committed to going to church.
  • 91% of Christian, regular church goers have a more intimate relationship with Jesus.

Learn more about how Alpha can impact your church culture and change your community for the better!
 

Does Alpha offer different courses?

YES! Alpha is offered for youth, as a marriage course and in prisons.
 

Want to learn how to run an Alpha course?

The Alpha USA team will train and equip you to run Alpha — all for free. Visit this webpage for an overview of how to run Alpha, and click here to see an upcoming event of Alpha USA equipping events.

For all your Alpha questions and needs, you can contact:

Jenna Gaeddert, Alpha USA Network Director, Kansas | Missouri at jennagaeddert@alphausa.org
Melanie Smollen, Missional Strategist for the Missouri Conference of the UMC at msmollen@moumethodist.org