Getting Ready for the Weekend or Day Away on the Alpha Course
Alpha’s Weekend or Day Away is essential to the success of the Alpha course. In fact, omitting it is one of the top causes of an unsuccessful course because it is the proven time for guest transformation.
As Nicky Gumbel describes it, the Weekend or Day Away is the "time when the penny drops eighteen inches: from the head to the heart." It is often the time when guests commit or recommit their lives to Christ.On Alpha evaluation forms, guests consistently indicate that the Weekend or Day Away was the best part of their course.
The Weekend or Day Away is different from the rest of the course because:
It gives guests the space, time and environment needed to thoroughly process and reflect on what they are learning
It gives the Holy Spirit an extended period of time to touch and soften hearts in new ways
It helps the guests, Leaders and Helpers get to know each other better and form lasting relationships
If you are the administrator of a course, your mind is buzzing with a multitude of details. Don't miss the following resources: How do we increase our attendance on the weekend? Or take a look at Weekend Wisdom or Weekend Planning Considerations for ideas and a nice checklist to use. Do you have questions about the Ministry time or need a bit more clarification on the work of the Holy Spirit as addressed on the weekend? Here are a few resources: a personal reflection on power of the Ministry time and finally a superb audio training by Alpha pastor Derek Rust on Developing an Alpha Weekend.
Please take a look at more pieces of best practices that other Alpha Leaders have submitted.You can access all of them by clicking the headings on the left navigation under 'Articles'.