What is Alpha?

Why 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. Watch the video to the right to learn more.

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?”

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.

Alpha Product for Every Audience

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Alpha Film Series

15 talks – 11 weeks / Toby Flint & Gemma Hunt

Now available, the Alpha Film Series is designed for today’s audience. It was filmed all around the world, and features interviews with world-famous leaders and inspiring stories. Two new hosts, Toby Flint and Gemma Hunt, join Nicky Gumbel to unpack the basics of the Christian faith in an updated and engaging way.

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Alpha Youth Film Series

12 talks – 9 weeks / Ben Woodman & Jason Ballard

Alpha Youth Film Series is designed to engage students in conversations about life, faith and Jesus. Discussion time is interspersed throughout the short talks to make it simpler for them to share their thoughts and questions. It’s great for youth groups, and easy for students to run for their friends.

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Alpha with Nicky Gumbel

15 talks – 11 weeks / Nicky Gumbel

Updated in Fall of 2015, this series features Alpha pioneer Nicky Gumbel presenting each topic with humourous anecdotes, personal experiences and Biblical relevancy. The talks (29 minutes each) were filmed at Holy Trinity Brompton, where Alpha first began.

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Jon Thompson on Alpha

Watch C4 Church's Story

Pastor Jon Thompson from C4 Church in Ajax, Ontario shares his thoughts on relational evangelism and what he's been seeing in his church community as they continue to run Alpha and invite people into a conversation about life, faith and Jesus.

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