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.
Alpha is very useful, a simple way of discipling people to Christ, accurate for new beginners, new believers and appropriate for setting them up to be able to be witnesses for Christ. Alpha worked for online engagement because it is simple, interactive, well packaged with formatted videos and it has only three questions. Alpha is more people centred with day to day life questions yet Christ-centred, it models Christ and makes people love to be good friends with Jesus.
Alpha has been absolute gold in being evangelistic. I’ve found in my own experience, it’s so much easier to speak to someone and to invite them to Alpha, just like I was. I’m a huge supporter, lover and ambassador of Alpha; it completely changed everything about my life, it has been part of my ministry and will continue to be.
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.
The Alpha Youth Series with African interviews is captivating and creatively done to capture the attention of any youthful audience and hook one into it. Alpha Youth Series has this tendency to make you laugh at the humour but at the same time connect with the beautiful message of a need to connect with our saviour…the Lord Jesus Christ. I love it and I believe it will be a powerful tool to reach every young person who will come across it.