Frequently Asked Questions

Trying Alpha

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question around faith, and the talks are designed to create conversation in small groups afterwards. It’s totally free, it’s run all over the globe, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more about Alpha.

What We Do

Alpha helps create a space for honest conversation around some of life’s biggest questions. It is designed to provide guests an opportunity to connect with one another while providing the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, and opinions in a safe and caring environment. Alpha helps bring people together while providing the chance to encounter Jesus.

What happens at Alpha?

Every Alpha is different, but generally they have three things in common: food, a talk and conversation.

Food – Most sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to connect and get to know everyone there.

Talk – The talks explore the basics of the Christian faith and are designed to inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as an episode. Watch a talk

Conversation – There is a discussion after the talk where you can share your thoughts and ideas on the session’s topic. You can say anything.

How can I find an Alpha near me?

Just head to Try Alpha and type in your city or address to find an Alpha near you – then you can contact the team running it to let them know you’re interested in coming, and they can answer any questions you might have about that course.

I’ve entered my location but I can’t see an Alpha near me?

New Alphas are being registered daily, please try again soon. Typically, Alphas run starting in the fall (September), winter (January) and spring (after Easter). You are always welcome to contact us at questions@alphausa.org

How much does it cost?

Alpha is completely free.

How do I sign up?

Just head to Try Alpha and type in your location to find an Alpha where you are – then you can get in touch with an Alpha near you, and let them know you’re interested in coming.

How can I get in touch with someone about Alpha?

Find an Alpha near you at Try Alpha and get in touch with Alpha’s near you – or contact us to find out more about Alpha. To find Alphas around the globe, find your country here.

Running Alpha

How can I register my course?

Register your course on alphausa.org/run by clicking ‘Sign Up.’

How do I promote my Alpha on alphausa.org/try?

Register your course on alphausa.org/run and choose to ‘Publish to Alpha’ in the final step of the registration process.

Where can I find digital materials for the Alpha invitation?

You can download promotional materials from the “Promote” tab within your registered Alpha in MyAlpha.

Where can I buy materials for the Alpha invitation?

You can download free promotional materials for your Alpha from a registered course in MyAlpha.  To buy/purchase promotional materials, go to our Printshop.

Can I personalize the invitation?

Yes, you can personalize the Alpha invitation materials. Alpha details such as name, website and address can be added on the promotional downloads in your Alpha registration or you can order personalized material from our Printshop.

How can I train my team?

Free training downloads are found in your registered Alpha at alphausa.org/run you can also go to https://alphausa.org/events to register for an in person or online Run Alpha training.

My question isn’t here. Who can I get in touch with?

Please contact us at questions@alphausa.org if you have any further questions. Or if you’re not in the U.S., connect with Alpha where you are.

FAITH AND JUSTICE

Workshops in this Track

Navigating the Waters of Faith and Politics

Speakers: John Wentz, Executive Director, Alpha USA, and Josh Williams, Associate National Director of Evangelism and Justice, Vineyard USA

This election year is ramping up to be as polarized as ever. Equip yourself and your teams to navigate the choppy waters of faith and politics during an election cycle. We have a massive opportunity to bring the goodness of God into these conversations or to leave people feeling alienated. Learn five top tips to help your conversations be filled with grace and truth and leave people feeling heard and honored.

Lessons in Evangelism from MLK’s nonviolent Movement

Speaker: Josh Williams, Associate National Director of Evangelism and Justice, Vineyard USA

How should the Church respond in the face of injustice? Hear how lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent movement provide tools to speak out against injustice while presenting a compelling case for the gospel. Josh Williams, associate national director for evangelism and justice for Vineyard USA will host this workshop where you will hear stories and learn tangible practices for engaging injustice while extending the invitation for people to encounter Jesus.

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