Senior Leaders’ Retreat

About This Event

You are invited to the inaugural ALPHA ASCENT, two days of shared tables, conversations, and encounters with ministry peers from across the nation.  

ALPHA ASCENT will convene senior pastors from innovative, city-centered communities to explore best practices for evangelism and renewal in a post-Christian reality. Most in attendance will represent Alpha “Hub” churches, carrying stories of challenges and breakthroughs in pioneering the Alpha course in their unique communities and contexts. 

Our conversations will be anchored by thought leaders on the front lines of shaping the Church to come. Together, we will press into the invitation to risk creating “new spaces” in our churches—for the Spirit to move, for a new generation to be activated, and for those far from God to be hospitably welcomed.  

ALPHA ASCENT will be hosted at Vintage Church LA, a national showcase for the Alpha course and culture.  The Vintage LA campus is in beautiful Santa Monica, California just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. We are excited to see what God will birth from these days of journeying together. 

January 16 & 17, 2024

What To Expect


Registration is intentionally limited for this first-time event to prioritize personal connection. One of the best gifts you will receive is the chance to learn with and from peers from a diverse spectrum of church contexts. 


Explore and process best practices of hospitable, Spirit empowered evangelism. Thoughtful presentations will lead to collaborative conversations and expectant invitations for the Spirit to move. 


Much like the Old Testament ascents of generations ago, we trust this will allow sacred, set apart time to hear God not only for your church’s future, but for your own spiritual journey.   


You will be hosted in a truly remarkable city and space, with meals and moments to remember!

Monday January 15

  • Location: El Cholo Santa Monica, 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Optional: Meet and Greet over appetizers and drinks.
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday January 16

  • Location: Vintage Church, 1015 California Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403
  • 8:30-9am: Check In
  • 9am-12pm: Session 1
  • 12-1:30: Lunch offsite
  • 1:30-4pm: Session 2
  • 4-5pm Break
  • 5-6pm: Happy Hour at Vintage
  • 6-8pm: Dinner at Vintage

Wednesday January 17

  • Location: Vintage Church, 1015 California Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403
  • 9am-11:30: Session 3
  • 11:30-12pm: Lunch onsite
  • 12:30-2pm: Session 4 & Close

What Leaders Are Saying


This is an invite-only event for Strategic Church Senior Leaders.

There is no cost to attend Alpha Ascent Main Sessions and lunch is included.

Guests will be responsible for: Ticket to Alpha Masterclass, their hotel, flights, and additional meals outside of the scheduled program.

LAX is the closest airport to Vintage Church.

Dress is casual for the duration of our gathering.

Melany Prieb
Strategic Church Relationships Manager


This track is full of amazing main-stage speakers who will showcase the power of prayer in every generation, equip you to live a naturally supernatural life and train you to heal as Jesus did. Senior pastors, church leaders, non-profit leaders, this track is you!

Workshops in this Track

Learnings from Asbury on the Power of Prayer

Speaker: Angela Chadwick, Global Director of Prayer, Alpha USA

Alpha’s Global Director of Prayer will interview some of the spiritual leaders involved in the Asbury revival where a chapel worship service caught the attention of our country. You’ll hear stories of how the students were deeply moved by God through the simplest forms of worship and how the leaders made sure the only celebrity on stage was Jesus. You’ll also be amazed by the powerful breakthroughs in young people’s lives through the gentlest of prayers.

Additionally, we will explore how the resurgence of faith in one small American town is relevant to every person in the Church and how it shapes how we share the good news in a good way with this generation.

How to Facilitate Eternal Connections with Jesus

Speaker: Danielle Strickland, Spiritual Leader, Justice Advocate, Communicator, Peacemaker

Encounter is God’s favorite way to spiritual revelation. Why do we emphasize information-formation as our primary means of discipleship? What if we put more time, energy, and effort into facilitating more encounters? Be prepared to discuss together how cultivating curiosity becomes a means to do just that. We will talk techniques, experiences, and new ideas.

Everyday Miracles

Speakers: Dr. Chloe Swart, Associate National Director for Alpha UK, and Dr. Russo Swart, New Wine Cymru Prophetic and Healing Team

This workshop will look at how to heal the sick as a part of our everyday missional lives. Following Chloe’s PhD studying healing miracles in Wales, Chloe found that Christians in Wales were praying for their friends, family, and colleagues, in the gym, in the supermarket, at work; wherever they found themselves, as well as in church services, and Alpha courses. Healing is a missional tool that points toward Jesus. Unpack the theology of healing, while also hearing very practical teaching and demonstration of how to heal the sick in an everyday way.

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