What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.
"One of the advantages of Alpha is that it focuses on Kerygma. In the ancient Church, there was a clear distinction between the Kerygma and the Didache, the catechesis. The Kerygma was the starting point of faith, and the catechesis had to form the faith. But faith in itself blossoms only by hearing the Kerygma...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
"The miracle formula church leaders are hoping will reverse this religious decline ... many claim Alpha has changed their lives and appear genuinely happier for the experience."
– Time Magazine
"Alpha has succeeded in many cases in turning faithful churchgoers from an inward focus on church work to an outward focus on evangelistic outreach..."
– Christianity Today
"A novel approach to Christian education that has been catching on nationwide."
– The New York Times
"Alpha was the best thing I ever did. It helped answer some huge questions and to find a simple empowering faith in my life."
– Bear Grylls, TV Adventurer