Getting Started with Alpha one-day training Conference coming to Birmingham

4/17/2010

Nearly every church vision statement declares that it wants to reach out to “make disciples” or “reach the lost”, but sadly the question many churches can’t seem to answer anymore is: “How?”

Joyce Meyer, Bible teacher and best-selling author, says “The Alpha Course provides a place for people to ask questions and find answers. I warmly commend it to those wanting to explore deeper issues of life and faith.”

The Alpha Course is one of the most effective forms of evangelism today, primarily because it is based in the local church. In 2009, Alpha USA saw more than 57,000 people in the U.S. make personal decisions for Jesus Christ through its partner churches. Plus, because the Alpha Course is a local church ministry, these new Christians begin their life of faith surrounded by friends and potential mentors.

George Gallup, Jr., Chairman, The George H. Gallup International Institute says, “Alpha is a well-designed, implementable program that addresses the basic questions of life for the churched and unchurched alike. Through Alpha, Jesus Christ is capturing the hearts and minds of an ever-growing number of persons. The course meets the vital test of being both open and faithful – welcoming of all, while presenting the gospel message with clarity and power.”

Alpha helps churches to create a pressure-free environment where guests can explore the Christian faith in a thoroughly “normal” setting.

The course is designed to be held over a 10-week period and be open to everyone. It is intentionally “skeptic-friendly.” Each session starts with a family style meal followed by a short talk and often spirited discussions on topics ranging from “Why is there suffering?” to “Is God a delusion?”

On Saturday, May 8, North Alabama congregations will have the opportunity to learn how to run the Alpha course at a one-day training taught by Jenny Noyes, Director for Alpha Southeast.

In 1991, Jenny attended her first Alpha at Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London, when there was only one course in existence. Over the past 19 years, 13 million people have taken the Alpha course, which is now offered in 163 countries and 81 languages, by more than 100 denominations. More than half of those who attend the course make first-time decisions for Christ.

At the conference, participants will receive training and tools in all aspects of how to run the Alpha course. Together, they will learn to:

  • Initiate a process for Kingdom growth that is sustainable, accessible and adaptable.
  • Engage people with truth in a way that is both authentic and applicable.
  • Develop a community environment that leads people to Jesus and draws them into the church.
  • Guide people toward a personal encounter with God.
  • Energize their congregations for outreach.
  • Create a path to discipleship that raises up new leaders.

The conference, held at Trinity United Methodist in Homewood Alabama, will open for check-in at 8 a.m. and the training will run from 8:30-5 p.m in Wesley Hall. This extensive training will include “How to Attract More Guests on Your Course” as well as times of worship, prayer, refreshing, and fellowship.

Registration is only $25 in advance and $35 for walk-ins. To pre-register, go to http://www.alphausa.org/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=1000066810  

For more information, contact Vivian Terry (Trinity Homewood Alpha coordinator) at 205.527.6364 or vvterry@bellsouth.net  or Elizabeth Nall at enall@northalabamaumc.org .


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