Engage with people who wouldn’t usually come to church – online.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Last year, approximately 30,000 churches and organisations ran Alpha with over 1.3 million participants.
Benefits of running Alpha Online
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Alpha on Zoom
A short guide on running Alpha online.
Alpha’s new video conferencing platform.
The Complete Guide to Alpha Online gives you all the tips and tricks you need to run a successful Alpha Online.
Alpha Online Top Tips
- Ask all guests to be on video.
- Ask all guests to join in a quiet environment if possible
- Ask all guests to unmute during discussion. (Unless in a noisy setting). This allows for a more organic, free-flowing conversation.
- Ask guests to not use green screen backgrounds to create a more natural environment.
Internet Connection: If you are hosting Alpha Online, make sure you have a strong internet connection. If possible, plug directly into an ethernet cable.
Short and Sweet: Churches have found that in an online format, people start to lose interest at around the one-hour mark. We recommend keeping the full session to 1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Ensure either the course host or group host is engages with guests from the beginning of the online session – saying hello to people, asking questions, telling jokes. Avoid the silent downtime to keep excitement and enthusiasm high.
Prior to the Alpha session, hosts should have all video files and discussion questions ready, as well as access to the digital solution the church has chosen. Churches have found that guests tend to get more vulnerable, more quickly online. Prepare your hosts so they can expect this.
Encourage hosts, helpers, and guests to utilize the chat functionality to comment and ask questions during the video as well as during discussion time when others are talking.
Send weekly emails re-capping last week’s talk/discussion and ask guests to share their thoughts via email. Make sure to check in if someone missed a night.
Running Alpha at The Elevation Church has enabled us as a church to engage seekers and young believers in discussions that deepen their understanding of the basic tenets of our Christian faith – thereby helping them to gain stability, and in turn deepening our faith as a church family.
Alpha aims to help people to either discover or rediscover the meaning and joy of the Christian message. Alpha is an invaluable tool for evangelization.
In Aguata Prison during one of the Alpha graduations, 7 of the inmates testified that it was when they started ALPHA that they experienced freedom from smoking.
Alpha course apart from enlightening people in the way of salvation. It brings them to faith in Christ and nurture them in the same. Simply put, Alpha Course is a veritable vehicle for evangelism in this end time.
Alpha is a tool that gives room for interaction, there is no pressure or idea of coercing people into making a decision. Alpha helps you sit down, interact, and use your intellect and you come to a conclusion without being forced.
The simple but profound way of presenting the truths of God’s word stands Alpha out. Also, the concept of Alpha which is geared towards ensuring the unity of God’s church. Again, the promotion of fellowship among members of each small group.
Alpha has given us tremendous opportunity to have such an engaging church that is friendly and accommodating to the exploring youths.