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Alpha in San Francisco

Explore Life's Big Questions

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a fun dinner series followed by group conversations centered around exploring the big questions of life, spirituality, and faith from a Christian lens in a laid back and non-judgmental environment.

It’s designed for those who do not consider themselves Christians or for those who are rethinking their faith. If you are curious, skeptical, or just have questions, bring them to Alpha and explore them with new friends!

How it works

Alpha is like a dinner party, where guests are invited to socialize, watch a short film, and engage in judgment-free discussion. Each evening features a 25-minute talk or film designed to inspire more questions than provide answers as they explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?

The best part of the night is the conversation, where you will get to know the people around the dinner table, ask big questions, and share your thoughts and experiences of life and faith. Each group is led through the evening by a host who asks questions and leads conversation around the night's question.

You are free to share or ask whatever you'd like and as much or as little as you're comfortable with.


Alpha San Francisco Weekend Retreat

The Alpha Weekend Retreat is the highlight of Alpha. Join with all the Alpha Courses across the San Francisco area for a shared retreat in nature at a beautiful retreat center just outside the city.

Starts Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. | Ends: Saturday, October 14 at 6 p.m.

Speak to your Alpha course host to register!

Find an Alpha near you

Epic Church
250 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Tuesday evening | Thursday evening for young professionals

Reality SF
1325 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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Tuesday evening

KROC Center
240 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Sunday morning

Cornerstone Evangelical Baptist Church
501 Cambridge St, San Francisco, CA 94134
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Sunday afternoon

Mission Blue
99 Leland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
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Tuesday evening

385 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129
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Monday evening

Sanctuary Church
2555 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
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Wednesday evening

Radiance Christian Church
1290 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
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Sunday afternoon

San Francisco Worship Center
144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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The Salvation Army SoMa Corps
360 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
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Sunday morning

Daring Faith Celebration Center
355 Ocean Ave San Francisco, CA 94112
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Saturday morning

Alpha at Bernal Home
Sunday afternoon

Alpha at 72 Townsend
Monday evening

Are you a teenager?

Find a youth Alpha near you

Church of the City New York
417 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019


Wellspring Church NYC
10-15 46th Rd, Queens, NY 11101

Frequently Asked Questions

Try it! Alpha is designed for anyone who may be skeptical or curious, and for those with major doubts around faith. If you just want to talk about the real issues of life with new friends, this might be for you!

It’s totally free, it’s run all over the globe, and everyone’s welcome. The Alpha overnight retreat will have a cost for the accommodations and meals set by the retreat center. Details to come for guests.

“I wasn’t sure what it would be like, but I liked the open mindedness of the group”

“Friendly and open environment with genuine people.”

“Good people, great discussions, tasty food and fun”

“Alpha is a great opportunity to have discussions about the thing you don’t normally get to talk about, but want to.”

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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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