Everyone can play a part in seeing lives transformed.

Alpha is a multi-week course, online or in person, that creates a space where people come and discuss life’s big questions
Alpha in the local church
Last Year

Approximately 30,000 churches and organisations ran Alpha with over 1.3 million participants.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a tool built for local churches based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Christians of all traditions, and provides a common expression of proclamation, service and witness. Millions of people have experienced Alpha in over 100 countries and over 100 languages around the world.

What does an Alpha course look like ?


Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick online catch-up, times of connecting are important. It’s no different at Alpha.

Whether in person over a meal or virtually with a cup of tea, all sessions start with a time to connect, relax and build friendships.


The Alpha talks are designed to engage people from all walks of life and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?


The discussion time is an opportunity for people to respond to the talk, hear from others and contribute their own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

3 ways to run Alpha

In Person

In churches, cafes, prisons, schools, at home, anywhere people can gather, Alpha can run.

You can enjoy meals together, watch the Alpha talks together, and sit around a table, classroom, or lounge room to have a safe and honest conversation.

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Did you know that Alpha is just as effective online? Until COVID-19, Alpha courses were all run in person. Now churches all around the world are running Alpha online for people who are unable to meet in person due to a wide variety of reasons. 

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Alpha is adaptable. You can start Alpha in person with full confidence that should circumstances change, you will be able to move online with ease for you and your participants.

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The Gospel is 100% free. Alpha is too !

Ready to run an Alpha?

What I love about Alpha is that it’s not really a formula, it’s just community, around a table, with the gospel of Jesus and an openness to Holy Spirit.

John Mark Comer,
Pastor of Vision & Teaching, Bridgetown Church

I especially appreciate the ecumenical spirit of Alpha: there is no pressure on anybody to join a different denomination, but just to join Jesus.

Father Raniero Cantalamessa,
Preacher to the Papal Household

How do I get started?

After you sign up online, we’ll show you how to create a space where people who wouldn’t normally come to church feel comfortable having a discussion about God.

We’ll provide you with tools and training to equip your team to run Alpha and inspire the church to invite their friends.

Then you’ll get access to the Alpha video series and guides that will spark discussion

Get started

Everything you need to run Alpha is available online and free to download so everyone can play a part in seeing lives transformed.

FAQs about Running Alpha

How can I register my course ?

Register your course on myAlpha

How do I promote my Alpha course on your website ?

Create your course on myAlpha and choose to ‘Promote’ your Alpha.

Where can I find digital promotional materials for Alpha?

You can download promotional materials from myAlpha, in the ‘Promote’ section.

Where can I buy materials to run Alpha?

You can buy promotional materials for your Alpha from our Alpha Shop.

How can I train my team?

All of our training materials are online and can be downloaded for free in the Learning Centre. Head to myAlpha to access it.

My question isn’t here, who can I get in touch with?

Please email us at gcc@alpha.org or get in touch via the Contact us page.

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