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Alpha Best Practices

The Alpha seven best practices are key elements that will set you on the path to a successful Alpha. These elements are: 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 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. Recruiting others who have a gift of hospitality and a desire to invite others to explore faith.

Introducing Alpha’s Digital Platform

MyAlpha is an online platform and free resource where Alpha is delivered. There you’ll find all the tools, support and everything you need to run Alpha in your context including the Alpha talks, Alpha training, promotional materials and series materials.

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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.


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 before Alpha starts.

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 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.

7 Best Practices Why Alpha
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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.

Pastor Godman Akinlabi,
Lead Pastor, Elevation Church
Godman Akinlabi

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.

Alfred Martins,
Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria

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.

Fruitful Stephen

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.

Very Rev Adebola Ojofeitmi,
Provost, Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos

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.

Rev EdokaAmuta,

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.

Rev. Nseobong Edemeka,
Pastor, Teens Ministry Pinnacle Baptist Church

Alpha has given us tremendous opportunity to have such an engaging church that is friendly and accommodating to the exploring youths.

Rev Richard Ogunlusi,
The Vicar, Church of the Messiah, Ede Road, Ile-Ife & Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Anglican Diocese of Ife

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