What Is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of nights exploring God, faith, and the meaning of life from a Christian perspective, run over nine weeks. Each session focuses on a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and is specifically designed for those who would not call themselves Christians or are perhaps brand new to faith. Though no two Alphas look the same, they all have three key elements: a meal, a talk, and good conversation.


First, Enjoy a Meal

Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table or a quick catch-up over coffee and baked goods, food has a way of bringing people together. That’s why every Alpha starts with a full meal. We start with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know one another.


Second, Watch a Talk

The Alpha talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally 25-30 minutes long, they explore big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as “Who is Jesus?” and “How can we have faith?” Each video talk is presented by Nicky Gumbel, founder of Alpha and Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in London.


Finally, Engage in a Discussion

The most important part of Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.

“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

Colossians 2:17