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Getting started with Alpha is easy. Simply create an account, register a course in MyAlpha, and you’ll gain access to the Alpha learning center, planning tools, team training, and more. MyAlpha is a free resource to support you through your entire Alpha experience.

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Alpha Best Practices

The Alpha seven best practices are key elements that, if implemented well, will set you on the path to a successful Alpha. When we talk with churches and ministries that use Alpha effectively, time and again we hear the key to success are these elements: prayer, evangelistic positioning, team training, hospitality, Alpha talks, open discussion, and the Alpha weekend away. 

Start Praying

One of the unique elements of Alpha is its consistent focus on prayer. Have a prayer team that prays behind the scenes. Expect each team member to pray for the guests daily during the entire Alpha experience. If we don’t enlist God, our efforts will not bear fruit. This is a movement of the Spirit that we get to be a part of.

Recruit a Team

Whether you are running Alpha for a few friends or looking to open it up to your entire community, Alpha is always better when you share the leadership with others. Begin by recruiting others who have a gift of hospitality and have a desire to invite others to explore faith. Once you have recruited a core team to launch your Alpha, it’s time to start training and inviting!

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Train the Team

Once you have recruited a team, it’s time to get them up to speed with how to run Alpha. They can attend a training online or in person, or you can utilize our team training video which is a great resource for the small group hosts and helpers on your team. Of course the best way to learn how to run Alpha is to run Alpha! Every time you run, you get a little better.

Promote at Your Church

Alpha has created lots of great promotional materials to help you spread the word. Letting others at your church know about Alpha is a great way to help create a space for everyone to invite others to come and explore faith. Consider sharing stories a few weeks before Alpha starts and empower the whole church to invite others to Alpha. 

Invite Guests

As you are training your team, encourage them to be praying for others and inviting others to Alpha. A genuine, personal invitation to Alpha is the best. We’ve made it easy with resources in MyAlpha to use “as is” or to customize for your setting. 


Run Alpha Handbook:  
Your Complete Guide

We’ve compiled all of the best tips, tricks, and guidelines for you in one complete guide. Access a digital version of the Run Alpha Handbook for free once you register your course in MyAlpha, or you can purchase a print version from our partner, ChurchSource.


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Management/Planning

Your MyAlpha dashboard helps you manage your course, plan your schedule from week to week, see what’s ahead, and connect with your team. 

Series Materials

Our free series materials will walk you through your weekly sessions, making your experience seamless. In MyAlpha, you’ll have access to the latest training modules, weekly team guides, and promotional materials to help you invite guests.  

We’ve created resources to help you along every step of the way.

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Quick Start Guide

This comprehensive map will guide you every step of the way.

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Attend a Training

Register yourself and your team for an online or in-person training.

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Connect With a Coach

A coach can help you start or improve your next Alpha.

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Name Alpha USA in your Will

If you are writing your will for the first time, revising your existing plans, or own investment or retirement accounts or life insurance policies, please consider including Alpha USA among your charitable beneficiaries. In your will, you can name Alpha USA the beneficiary of a set amount, a percentage of your estate, or a percentage of your residual estate after you have taken care of your loved ones. If you have already written your will, it is usually very easy to create a codicil, or amendment, to your will. A codicil with specific changes, witnessed and notarized, is typically accepted into probate with the original will. If you need specific language to include in your will, contact the Vice President of Development at 1-800-362-5742 or kylewallace@alphausa.org.

Annuities and Other Life Income Gifts

Alpha USA can help you establish a charitable gift annuity that will pay you or a loved one an annual income for life. The remainder of the investment, when you no longer need it, goes to Alpha USA.

If you are a younger donor, a deferred gift annuity can help you plan for your retirement. By investing now and deferring the start of income payments until you reach retirement age, your initial investment has more time to grow.

In either case, the donor receives a tax deduction for part of the initial investment, plus a guaranteed revenue stream that is partially tax-free. Alpha USA receives the remainder. Each charitable gift annuity is unique to the circumstances of the donor. To learn more, discuss your options, or receive a customized annuity illustration, please contact the Vice President of Development at 1-800-362-5742 or kylewallace@alphausa.org.

IRA and Stock Gifts

Owners of Individual Retirement Accounts must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions at age 70 1⁄2. After that, a permanent tax provision allows you to make gifts to Alpha USA and other qualified charities directly from your IRA. These gifts are subtracted from your Required Minimum Distributions and do not count as revenue on your taxes. Because this type of gift actually reduces your income, it offers tax benefits even if you do not itemize your deductions.

Giving stock directly to Alpha USA may allow you to increase your gift and your tax deduction. When you give stock shares, you generally take a tax deduction for the full fair market value, which may be more than your original investment. Giving stock may offer significant advantage over giving cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds.

Please contact Finance at 1-800-362-5742 and let us know the type of stock and the number of shares you plan to donate. This will allow us to properly track your donation and ensure that it is transferred correctly and that you are properly credited and acknowledged.

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