We are looking forward to an extraordinary two days together in Phoenix for The Alpha Conference 2019. We have been praying for each of you as you travel across the nation for this moment together. We look forward to God meeting us in powerful ways and transforming our hearts.
This guide provides all the information you need to make the most of your conference experience—best viewed on your mobile device. If you have any questions, just find someone with a red name badge—we are here to help!
Thursday, January 31
2:30 PM Pre-Conference Breakouts | Details Below
4:30 PM Check-in + Food Trucks | Ramada
5:30 PM Book Store Open | WC Lobby
6:15 PM Conference Doors Open
6:30 PM Conference Opener - Session 1 | WC | Craig Springer, Fr. Mike Schmitz, & Jon Tyson
Friday, February 1
6:30 AM World Vision Group Run | Delta Phoenix-Mesa Hotel Lobby
7:30 AM Catholic Mass | The Hub
7:30 AM Check-in (Late Arrival) | Ramada
8:00 AM Book Store Open | WC Lobby
8:30 AM Session 2 | WC | Meredith Andrews & David Kinnaman
10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM Session 3 | WC | Todd Proctor, Danielle Strickland & Ger Jones
12:30 PM Lunch (Book Store Open)
12:45 PM Lunch Breakouts | Details Below
2:00 PM Session 4 | WC | Harvey Carey & Emmy Wilson
4:00 PM Conference Concludes
All main sessions are located in the Worship Center. View venue map to see all venue locations.
Pre-Conference Breakouts, Thursday, January 31 @ 2:30 p.m. [$10/person]
- Explore Alpha | For leaders just getting started with Alpha. | ROOM FLC/610 B
- Grow Alpha | Looking to improve and strengthen your Alpha? Join the Alpha USA National Team and pastors leading flourishing Alpha's for tips on taking yours up a notch. | The Hub
- Alpha Prayer Training | Learn the Alpha Prayer Ministry Model. Led by Emmy Wilson from Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London (Alpha's birthplace). | ROOM FLC/610 C
In-Conference Breakouts, Friday, February 1 @ 12:45 p.m. [No Cost - Reserve your spot when you register]
- Explore Alpha Youth | Equipping students to reach their generation. Led by Jordan Biere, National Director of Alpha Youth and Ben Woodman, host of the Alpha Youth Series. | ROOM FLC/610 B
- Explore Alpha in a Catholic Context | Answering the call for the New Evangelization. Led by Joshua Danis, National Director of Alpha Catholic Context and Sarah Kaczmarek, Associate Director of Alpha Catholic Context. | The Hub
- Explore Alpha Prisons | Taking the Gospel to the darkest place on earth. Led by Jack Cowley, National Director for Prisons & Reentry and Paul Cowley, Global Head of Alpha Prisons. | ROOM FLC/610 C
Founder and Senior Pastor, Citadel of Faith Covenant Church
Harvey Carey is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. Passionate about restoring the inner-city, Carey has partnered with community organizations and nonprofits providing housing, social services and ministry to youth and children in the city of Detroit. His vision for urban renewal unites people across boundaries of race, age, class and culture.
Speaker; Author; Justice Advocate
Danielle Strickland has led churches, started training schools, and established justice departments around the world. She spent 22 years as an officer in The Salvation Army, and is an Ambassador for Compassion International and Stop The Traffik. Danielle is the author of several books including The Liberating Truth, A Beautiful Mess, and most recently, The Zombie Gospel. Co founder of Infinitum (a way of life), Brave Global and Amplify Peace, Danielle is committed to see people, neighborhoods and the world transform.
Bestselling Author; President, Barna Group
David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies.
Fr. Mike Schmitz
Priest, Diocese of Duluth, MN; Author
Father Mike Schmitz is a Catholic priest, author, and speaker in the Diocese of Duluth, MN. He currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese. He is the author of the Belonging study program and is the primary personality in Ascension Presents, weekly YouTube videos offering Catholic perspectives of cultural and societal issues.
Lead Pastor, Church of the City New York; Church Planter; Author
Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States 20 years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority and The Burden is Light. Jon lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.
Curate at Holy Trinity Brompton; Chaplain to Worldwide Prisons
Emmy Wilson ended her 14 year nursing career when the Lord dramatically changed her heart, prompting her to take the gospel to those whose lifestyles made them most vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. She joined the staff of HTB Church, London to begin a ministry responding to AIDS, prostitution, drug addiction, alcoholism and homelessness. Emmy began volunteering at the largest women’s prison in London. This work grew rapidly and 'Alpha for Prisons' was created with 80 countries worldwide running Alpha in Prisons. Ordained in Northern Uganda as Chaplain to the Worldwide Prisons, Emmy has spoken about her work all around the world.
Senior Pastor, Vintage Church
In 2011, Ger Jones planted Vintage Church which has since grown into three thriving campus communities in Los Angeles. Ger has a strong desire to see the Kingdom of God come through evangelism, church planting and renewal of our cities. He has a passion and vision to see the church equipped, mature and called to reach out and invite others into the most wonderful, rich, meaningful relationship of all.
Award-winning Artist; Songwriter; Worship Leader
Over the course of her first two Word albums, people have come to appreciate the Dove Award-winning artist, songwriter and worship leader’s love for God and her heart for people. Andrews’ focus remains on her growing family, serving her church and creating music that lifts the body of Christ to a closer relationship with the Lord.
Director of Strategic Church Networks, Alpha USA
Todd Proctor is the Director of Strategic Church Networks at Alpha USA. While he was the senior pastor at Rock Harbor Church in Southern California, Todd moved from being an Alpha skeptic to an enthusiastic supporter. He plays a valuable role at Alpha in developing innovative ideas for strategy, vision and prayer, and developing networks with senior church leaders.
Executive Director, Alpha USA
Craig Springer is the Executive Director of Alpha USA. He has a broad personal background as a Lead Pastor at a campus of Willow Creek Community Church, Teaching Pastor at Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver, and an international church planter. As a result, he views Alpha as a vital tool for all churches.
The Alpha Conference is being hosted at Hillsong Phoenix-Mesa 655 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203
Registration is outdoors under the Ramada.
Main sessions are held in the Worship Center.
Breakout sessions are in the following locations:
Explore Alpha | Family Life Center ROOM 610 B
Grow Alpha | The Hub
Alpha Prayer Training | Family Life Center ROOM 610 C
Explore Alpha Youth | Family Life Center ROOM 610 B
Explore Alpha in a Catholic Context | The Hub
Explore Alpha Prisons | Family Life Center ROOM 610 C
Book Store is in the lobby of the Worship Center.
Restrooms are available in the lobbies of the Worship Center, the Family Life Center, the Hub and the Generations Center.
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At this year’s event you’ll find ample opportunities to make meaningful connections with your team and with other Christian leaders in your network or context.
Food Trucks (Thursday night only): On Thursday, January 31, we will have food trucks starting from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Come pick up your name badge at registration and enjoy the afternoon sunshine with a delicious meal and mingle with the other Alpha conference attendees.
24/7 Prayer Room: We have a prayer room that is open throughout the Conference. Come and pray for your church, team, or your community. Be creative. Prayer is not limited to mere words. Pray through art, poetry, and song. We hope this room will be a refuge for all who enter. Also, someone is always there if you would like intercession. The prayer room is located off the lobby of the Worship Center.
Prayer Ministry: Following many of the main sessions are times of prayer ministry. There are teams of people waiting to pray for you and intercede with you.
Alpha Prayer Training Breakout Session: Learn the Alpha Prayer Ministry Model. Led by Emmy Wilson from Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London (Alpha's birthplace). Thursday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. | Family Life Center ROOM 610 C
Catholic Mass: Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. there is a Catholic Mass. Please join us in the The Hub.
Visit the book store during your time at the conference.
One of our values is to create the very best resources at no cost to the church and guests. That is why we created Alpha Builder, an online tool to equip you with everything you need to run and promote Alpha.
To complement this, we also have beautifully designed, physical resources like DVDs, books and manuals, plus helpful promotional assets like banners, posters and postcards— all available for purchase at a special discounted rate for conference attendees.
Come by and sign up for the CHANCE TO WIN the ENTIRE Alpha library at the end of conference.
Our speakers are thought leaders in the Church in America. Come explore their books where they tackle relevant issues for the Church today.
Where to Eat
On Thursday, January 31, we will have food trucks starting from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Come pick up your name badge at registration and enjoy the afternoon sunshine with a delicious meal and mingle with the other Alpha conference attendees.
For those who ordered a boxed lunch for Friday, collect your lunch outside under the Ramada just by showing your name badge.
We hope you make the most of your stay and explore the amazing city of Phoenix.
Alpha creates space within the context of the local church where people can share their point of view, ask questions, and experience the message of the Gospel and the presence of Christ in a powerful way.
Every year, millions of people from outside the Church come to an Alpha run by churches throughout the world.
Your support makes it possible to give Alpha away for free to every church. And when more churches run Alpha, more guests attend Alpha. And when more guests attend Alpha, more people come to know Jesus. That's the transformation that comes from your generosity.
We invite you to become a friend of Alpha and be a part of a community that is changing the world. Support Alpha today.
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When and where is The Alpha Conference 2019?
What do I need to bring?
Please provide a photo ID upon arrival and your printed or digital ticket. We always recommend bringing a journal or way to take notes.
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Who is the Alpha Conference for?
The Alpha Conference is for anyone passionate about transformation. You could be a church leader, a church staff member, a volunteer, someone who loves Alpha, and anyone in between. If you are longing to experience spiritual renewal in the local church, hungry to see God work in a post-Christian world, and looking to create space for listening and hospitality as a way of reaching your community - then this is for you.
Will there be a live stream at the Alpha Conference?
We will not be live streaming the event so please join us in Phoenix.
What is Alpha?
Alpha is space where people outside the Church can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, honest, and informal environment.
It runs in churches, bars, coffee shops, prisons, schools and homes. Typically, Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk, and a discussion at the end where guests can share their thoughts.
Millions of people have tried Alpha in over 100 countries. Alpha runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, and all mainline Protestant denominations.
How do I sign up for The Alpha Conference Group Walk/Run with Team World Vision?
You'll learn about the global water crisis and how moving your feet can change the life of a child who doesn't have access to clean water. And between all the high fives, jokes, and cheering, you'll probably forget you're even running (or walking!).
Come to An Alpha Training Lab
As a leader we want to support you every step of the way in preparing yourself and your team to run an effective Alpha. In 2019, we will be hosting Alpha Training Labs all across the country.
Prepare for an incredible Alpha by bringing your team to explore best practices with churches from across the country that are running incredibly effective Alphas. Get an overview and learn all about the what, the why, and the how as you start planning.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned Alpha leader, a regular host, or if you’re running Alpha for the first time with a group of friends in your local pub – Alpha Training Labs are the best way to bring your team together and prepare for the weeks ahead.
Alpha Training Labs happening in 2019:
April 27 | Florida
June 15 | Washington, D.C. – Holy Trinity Church, McLean, VA
August 17 | Chicago – Mission Church, Roselle, IL
TBD | Los Angeles
TBD | San Francisco
Learn more at alphausa.org/alphatraininglabs
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The Alpha Conference 2020
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