Reminders for Helpers
Thank you to Kent Garborg, Salvation Army, Minneapolis, MN
• State that you have returned to participate on this course because you want to help and still have things to learn about your faith. However, do not emphasize that you are on the leadership team for the course. A good Helper will blend into the group.
• Befriend the guests, especially at the dinner table. Draw others out, by making them feel comfortable and showing genuine interest in them.
• Limit how much you talk during small group discussions. However, if you do not talk at all, the other guests may wonder what is wrong. One helper should be as quiet as the quietest guest. Please share your thoughts briefly, ask questions and offer comments to keep discussion moving. Remember, some silent times may be necessary before some guests open up.
• Silently pray throughout the discussion for the guests and the leaders.
• Respect what is said in the group, keeping everything in confidence.
• Attend the Prayer and Administration meetings at the start of each Alpha evening. It is an important time for worship, prayer, connecting with the overall vision and receiving adequate preparation for the evening ahead.
• Keep away from using Christian jargon or references that may be unknown to the guests.
• Pray throughout the week for your guests, Alpha co-workers and the Alpha Ministry.
• Stay spiritually strong, in regular worship, Bible study and prayer time. Take advantage of evangelization or small group training events in your area.
• Stay attentive in the large group worship and teaching time.