What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith.

Typically run over 8-12 weeks, it allows anyone to explore life, faith and God in a friendly, open and informal environment. In each session there’s food, a short talk, and discussion in small groups. Everything you need to run Alpha is available online and free to download.

3:24 minutes

What if I told you that Alpha is the most predictably redemptive tool I've ever seen in 40 years of ministry? Would you pilot one Alpha group in your church? Just one.

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

What does an Alpha look like?

There isn’t really an average Alpha. It runs in churches, homes, bars, coffee shops, prisons and schools all around the world. No two Alphas look the same, but they all have three key things in common: food, a talk, and open discussion.

Food

Every session begins with food, whether it’s a three course meal or a light snack. Eating food together creates space for people to connect, relax and build friendships.

Talk

The talks are designed to engage guests and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christian faith, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”

Preview the Talks

Discussion

The discussion allows people to share their thoughts and questions about the talks without being corrected or judged. Our training helps host and helpers facilitate this discussion time and keep it a positive and comfortable experience for guests.

Jon Tyson on Alpha

Jon Tyson speaks on the impact of Alpha at his church, Trinity Grace Church, and shares his thoughts on why other pastors should try Alpha in their churches.

Watch Jon's Story