Register for The Alpha Conference 2024

Join us in Franklin, Tennessee
Wednesday, July 24 – Thursday, July 25, 2024!

What is The Alpha Conference?

And who is it for?

Each year, The Alpha Conference draws leaders from around the world, crossing generational, denominational, and ethnic divides. 

In this epic celebration of kingdom unity, you’ll hear from a diverse group of mainstage speakers, hear stories, be equipped through practical workshops, and be encouraged through powerful times of worship and prayer! This is an opportunity to motivate your team, have fun together, and take the culture of Alpha back with you. You’ll also be first to preview exciting new Alpha resources.

As thousands of attendees testify, this is a conference you don’t want to miss!  

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We have tracks designed especially for:

Senior Pastors & Youth Ministers/Student Pastors: to help you grow effective evangelization practices, spiritual dynamism in your church, learn from other churches that have been transformed by setting a culture of radical hospitality, listening and dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Alpha Leaders: you will leave with a better understanding of how to transmit the culture of Alpha to everyone you lead, how to create a culture of invitation, and how to engage your youngest leaders effectively.

Students: you will learn how to create space for your peers to explore what faith and Jesus could mean in their lives.

Featured Speakers

Ger Jones

Senior Pastor, Vintage Church LA

Ger was born into a dynamic ministry context. He experienced God moving profoundly in his own life throughout his childhood and teenage years. He was a leader in the church at a young age, but felt called into marketplace ministry and, after studying law at Bristol University, Ger practiced law in London for several years. It was in London that Ger attended and was significantly shaped by the community and ministry at Holy Trinity Brompton. It was also where he met Lizzie, who was on staff at HTB working with Alpha. In 2004, God began to stir Ger’s heart towards laying down his career for full time ministry, and they moved to Vancouver so Ger could complete an M.Div at Regent College. A few years later, while pastoring an Anglican church in Raleigh, NC, Ger began to discern God’s call to plant a church in Los Angeles. This call was realized in January 2011 when the Jones family moved to Santa Monica and began the process of planting Vintage Church.

Sarah Kaczmarek

Director of Pastoral Ministry, Encounter Ministries

Sarah is the Director of Pastoral Ministry at Encounter Ministries and the Director of the Encounter School of Ministry. She holds an MA in counseling and has served in ministry for 20 years. Before her time at Encounter, she served in a parish as the director of evangelization and youth ministry and the Associate Director of Alpha Catholic. Her deepest desire is for everyone to know the love of the Father and walk in the holiness and wholeness Jesus paid for.

Nicky & Sila Lee

Developers of The Marriage Course, The Pre-Marriage Course, The Parenting Children Course, and The Parenting Teenagers Course

Nicky & Sila have been married for 46 years and have four children and ten grandchildren. In 1987, they joined the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London where they developed The Marriage Course, The Pre-Marriage Course, The Parenting Children Course, and The Parenting Teenagers Course and authored The Marriage Book and The Parenting Book. Over the last 37 years, their ministry and courses have reached over four million people in more than 120 countries and over 40 languages, equipping them with practical resources to strengthen their marriages and family life.

Shauna Pilgreen

Co Pastor Epic Church San Francisco, Strategic City Director San Francisco, Author

Shauna, along with her husband, Ben, coleads Epic Church, a multiethnic congregation in the heart of San Francisco. They have 4 wonderful children. She serves on the teaching team at Epic and strategic church and city team for Alpha USA. Shauna is the author of the missional book, Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home and evangelism book, Translating Jesus: How to Share Your Faith in Language Today’s Culture Can Understand. She writes for “everyday evangelists” on her blog. Learn more at shaunapilgreen.com.

Keithen Schwahn

Pastor of YTH.NYC & College.NYC

Keithen is giving his life to reverse the narrative that young people are a lost cause in the Church. Transitioning from leading citywide movements in Portland, Oregon, he is now in New York City as a pastor on staff at Church of the City New York building a network of leaders and launching YTH.NYC and COLLEGE.NYC. Alongside his work in the local church, Keithen has been a collaborative partner with Alpha Youth, The Fuller Youth Institute, the BibleProject, and the Canadian Church Leaders Network. He lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife Celeste and newborn son Powell.

Danielle Strickland

Spiritual Leader, Justice Advocate, Communicator, Peacemaker

Danielle lets Love lead her to inspire, challenge, provoke and disrupt the present, and to live the future now. Having lived in different cultures and contexts around the world she celebrates diversity and deeply longs for wrong things to be made right. Danielle practices following Jesus daily. This pursuit has led to exciting entrepreneurial exploits (like co-founding multiple charities and non-profits) and a whole host of failures (that we don’t as often talk about). All of this has convinced her of the deep need we all have for hope, faith, and love. Her deepest longing is to demonstrate what living that boundless life looks like.

Dr. Chloe Swart

Associate National Director for Alpha UK

Dr Chloe Swart lives in Swansea, Wales with her husband Russo. She is the associate national director of Alpha UK and serves at her local church as the young adult’s pastor. She has completed a theology doctorate studying healing miracles in Wales and is currently writing a book on how to heal the sick as an everyday part of our missional Christian life.

John Wentz

Chief Executive Officer for Alpha USA

John Wentz has served as the CEO of Alpha USA since April 2022. Previously, John served seven years as Alpha USA (Executive Vice President of Ministry) and Alpha International (Church Engagement and Training Strategy) where he led the expansion of Alpha’s ministry engagement and helped to design the core of Alpha’s training strategy, now being implemented globally. With 25 years of pastoral experience, John has impacted many churches and leaders across the world. He is a gifted communicator, trainer and coach, and has a heart for university students and people from different cultures.

Schedule

Wednesday, July 24

TimeProgram
9:00 a.m.Breakfast
10:30 a.m.Conference Kick-Off
11:00 a.m.Main Session 1
12:15 p.m.Boxed Lunch
12:45 p.m.Workshops
3:00 p.m.Main Session 2
4:30 p.m.Food Trucks, Fun!
6:30 p.m.Main Session 3

Thursday, July 25

TimeProgram
9:00 a.m.Main Session 4
10:15 a.m.Coffee Break
10:45 a.m.Workshops
12:15 p.m.Boxed Lunch
12:45 p.m.Workshops
3:00 p.m.Main Session 5
5:00 p.m.Conference Ends

WORKSHOP TRACKS

This year, we are happy to offer tracks to make it easier for you to select which workshops you would like to attend! Below are descriptions of each track; the beginning of each workshop name will identify which track it is a part of.

FAITH AND JUSTICE

Ideal for Anyone

How should the Church respond in the face of injustice? What about in an election year? Could we show up to a polarized political world with the goodness of God like never before? If you are interested in learning how to navigate these complex issues, this track could help!

YOUTH

Ideal for Students, Educators, Youth Advocates

If you are a student, work with middle or high school students, or just love young people and want their voices to shape the future of the Church, this track is for you! We’ll talk about empowering a generation to lead and will equip you to draw out the leadership of a generation to reach their peers through the new Alpha Youth Series and beyond.

ENCOUNTER

Ideal for Senior Pastors, Church Leaders, Anyone

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!

CATHOLIC

Ideal for Catholic Guests, Protestant Leaders of Liturgical Contexts

Designed with our Catholic guests in mind, we will unpack the missional call of the Eucharistic Revitalization, sacred listening, and how to care for your soul in the ministry journey. This track could also benefit any Protestant ministry leaders in liturgical contexts.

TRAINING LABS

Ideal for Alpha Leader and Teams

These practical training workshops will help you learn how to run Alpha and how to make it the best it can be. Join us to experience the Alpha best practices of listening, radical hospitality, and dependence on the Holy Spirit. Select the workshops best suited for your stage of the Alpha journey to get the most from this track.

BEYOND THE WALLS

Ideal for Senior Pastors, Church Leaders, Anyone

Inspiring and practical, learn how to bring the gospel everywhere you go and how to activate your church communities to see gospel opportunities beyond the walls of the church building. Hear stories of innovation and creativity, ecumenical and city-wide movements, and learn about what God is doing in unique contexts like prisons. With many workshops in this track, some are best suited for pastors and senior leaders, while others apply to anyone.

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Pricing + Packages

An Option for Everyone

We’re thrilled to offer simplified ticketing options for individuals and teams attending The Alpha Conference together. All ticket prices include the full conference experience PLUS THREE conference workshops, lunch both days, and more! Full price admission is $250. Make sure you get a ticket at our best pricing now (listed below)!

CONFERENCE
PRICING

$195 per person

Register soon to secure this lowest price of the season and before prices increase!

CONFERENCE
GROUP PRICING

$175 per person

Group discounts available for teams of 15 or more.

STUDENT
PRICING

Special Discount

We value young leaders and are offering a special discount for guests 23 and under.

VOLUNTEER
PRICING

Free Admission

Join the team that make the Alpha Conference possible and get into the conference for free.

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Making Your Travel Arrangements

Airport: The closest airport to the Conference venue is the Nashville International Airport; about 30 minutes from Church of the City, Franklin.

Transportation: We strongly encourage renting a car or using Ride Share to navigate the Franklin area.



The Alpha Conference Host Hotels

We have secured room blocks in the area at a discounted rate at the following hotels:

Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs

2001 Meridian Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067

$139

Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs

2009 Meridian Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37067

$149

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South Cool Springs

820 Crescent Centre Drive
Franklin, Tennessee 37067

$179

Hilton Franklin Cool Springs

601 Corporate Centre Drive
Franklin, TN 37067

$179

Jonathan & Tami Glendenning

Leaders of The Pre-Marriage Course at Substance Church

Jonathan Glendenning is the Facilities Pastor at Substance Church in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metropolitan area. Along with managing Substance’s physical campuses, he and his wife of 29 years, Tami, coordinate Substance Church’s marriage ministries. Jonathan is also a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, and he and his wife lead their church’s Alpha Marriage and Alpha Pre-Marriage courses. His heart is to aid and equip people with the necessary skills to begin, maintain, improve, and restore every season of their marriage.

Dr. Russo Swart

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Russo works for an engineering company in Swansea. He is from South Africa, grew up in the Middle East and now lives in Swansea with his wife Chloe. Russo helps lead the men’s ministry at his local church Cornerstone as well as on the team which oversees the student and young adult’s ministry. He is also part of the New Wine Cymru (Wales) prophetic and healing team which travels across Wales helping local Churches to develop in the ministry of healing and prophetic gifts.

Josh Williams

Associate National Director for Evangelism

Josh Williams is the Associate National Director for Evangelism
and Justice with Vineyard USA. His background with Vineyard began while he was
a student at Yale University, where he connected his faith to justice issues on
campus and in the city. This integration continued throughout his time in divinity
school, launching evangelistic prayer groups on Yale’s campus, establishing an
outdoor church for the housed and unhoused, and much more. Josh serves as Elm
City Vineyard’s lead pastor and shares inspiring stories of how Jesus is
growing his church in multi-ethnicity, justice, evangelism, spiritual formation,
and Holy Spirit ministry. He and his wife, Tina, have been married 11 years and
have two daughters.

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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