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  • What is Alpha?

    Alpha creates a space where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about faith, life and God.

    Typically run over 11 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.

    3:24 minutes

    Alpha has consistently proven to be an effective way in our church to introduce people to a lasting faith in Christ. Alpha has also become an amazing incubator for the next generation of leaders. Because Alpha is committed to the local church, it continues to stay relevant, and is focused on the great commission.

    Dave Koop, Senior Pastor of Coastal Church, Vancouver

    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 generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.


    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.


    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


    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.

    What topics does Alpha cover?

    Each session on Alpha features a different question about life and faith. Here’s the run-down:

    • Is there more to life than this?
    • Who is Jesus?
    • Why Did Jesus Die?
    • How Can I Have Faith?
    • Why and How Do I Pray?
    • Why and How Do I Read the Bible?
    • Who is the Holy Spirit?
    • What does the Holy Spirit Do?
    • How Can I Be Filled With the Holy Spirit?
    • How Can I Make The Most Of The Rest Of My Life?
    • How Can I Resist Evil?
    • Why and How Should I Tell Others?
    • Does God Heal Today?
    • What About The Church?

    What's included?

    Alpha comes with everything you need to get started, and everything is available for free in MyAlpha.

    • All episodes via download
    • Alpha Team Guide (with discussion questions)
    • Alpha Leader Training
    • Access to other context-specific tips and tools

    John Mark Comer on Alpha

    John Mark Comer, Pastor at Bridgetown Church in Portland, OR shares what he’s been seeing in his church community as they run Alpha and open up deeper conversations about faith.

    Watch John's Story