As it unfolded, the story of the past two years was unpredictable, shifting minute by minute, hour by hour, week by week. For the Church, like so many other industries and institutions, the pandemic both accelerated preexisting issues and introduced a wide variety of new ones. These pressures rose to a breaking point. - It’s important to understand the State of the Church in 2021, and the extent to which the pandemic and cultural divisions affected both sides of the pulpit. Read our report to see how the Church has been shaped over the last two years, and how Alpha has come alongside to serve and support our church leaders.
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2021 Church Metrics
The data confirms what we hear when we speak to leaders across the country—the Church is emerging from the pandemic and can invest in evangelism in more ways than were possible in recent months. In the second half of 2021, we saw a turnaround in the decline of church engagement compared to the second half of 2020. This is a hopeful sign that churches are emerging from the strain of the pandemic and shifting more energy and attention to outreach again.
“My wife and I recently married, and Alpha has been an important part of our story and relationship. Together we have participated in and/or helped lead six Alphas so far, and we are looking forward to more. We are passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus with those who do not know him, and we believe that Alpha is the best way to do so! We cannot think of a mission worthier of our time, talent, and treasure.”
–Jason Samikkannu, General Manager, AmTab Manufacturing Corp.
The Alpha Film Series: Refreshed
In 2021, an Alpha team traveled across the nation asking questions to anyone who would give 15 minutes of their time. Those they met were surprisingly willing to talk. In fact, they were hungry to be heard. Many expressed fear, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and grief. - They asked the same questions that people have asked since the beginning of time: Why do we exist? What’s the purpose of life? Why all the suffering? What’s next?
What resulted was a breathtaking update to the Alpha Film Series. Watch the promo video.
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In 2021, we partnered with the Barna Group to survey a diverse group of teenagers across the nation to learn what Gen Z thinks about faith and evangelism. The results were both eye-opening and encouraging.