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Welcome to alpha training

Welcome to AlphaTraining

Welcome to alpha training1

Welcome to AlphaTraining

Leading Small Groups

Welcome to alpha training2

Welcome to AlphaTraining

First, some preliminaries

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Welcome to AlphaTraining


Follow the Recipe !!

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Welcome to AlphaTraining

Remember !!

No Cynicism!!

Always Good Humor !!

Study preparation what to read study
Study & PreparationWhat to read/study

  • Directors, Leaders And Helpers Should Prayerfully Read And Study In Advance Of Presenting The Course:

The Director’s Guide

Searching Issues

Questions of Life

KEY: ALPHA requires study to do well!

A quick review the mechanics of alpha
A Quick ReviewThe Mechanics of Alpha

  • The Importance Of The Director’s Manual

  • Let’s Review An Alpha Brochure Together

  • What About Technology??

  • What About Music?? How much? When?

  • What About Food?? -Methods Of Managing Food Issues

  • What About Use Of The Bible?

KEY: ALPHA requires planning just like your daughter’s wedding!

Small groups 1
Small Groups #1

The Five Objectives Of The Small Groups

To Learn How:

  • To Discuss

  • To Model Bible study

  • To Pray Together

  • To Develop Lasting Friendships Within The Body Of Christ

  • To Minister To One Another

KEY: ALPHA is all about

creating community.

Small groups 2
Small Groups #2

  • Alpha Is A Forum In Which Questions Can Be Freely Asked.

    • No Spirit Of Judgment

    • Any Question Or Comment Can Be Made (within bounds of propriety)

    • A ‘Safe Harbor’ For All Guests

    • An Environment Free Of Confrontation

KEY: ALPHA is all about making friends.

Small groups 3
Small Groups #3

  • A Place Where:

    • Relationships Are Formed/Made

    • The Holy Spirit Is Entrusted With: -Convicting -Teaching -Correcting

KEY: Friends bring friends and their family.

Small groups 4
Small Groups #4

  • A Place Where:

  • Leadership Is Neither Too Strong Nor Too Weak

  • The Role IS NOT ‘Teacher-Pupil’

  • The Role IS One Of ‘Host-Guest’

  • There Is Mutual Respect For Each Other

KEY: People come to church for many reasons, but stay only if they make friends.

Small groups 5
Small Groups #5

  • Table Staffing:

  • The Ideal Is 2 Leaders/2 Helpers Per Table

  • The Ideal Is 8-12 Guests Per table

  • In The Beginning Not Often Realizable

  • Most Often, 1 Leader, 1 Helper Is Start-Up Model

KEY: Alpha is sustainable, only if you have replaceable parts.

Small groups 6
Small Groups #6

  • Table Staffing:

  • The Leader(s) Takes Responsibility (Active Host)

  • The Helper(s) Provide Support (Inactive Host)

  • The Leader Asks Questions, Keeps Talks Focused

  • The Helper Is The Guest-Servant Of All

KEY: Relax, and be yourself!

Small groups 7
Small Groups #7

  • Objectives/Strategies:

    • Get The Guests To Talk, To Express Their Views

    • Utilize Questions Like: -What Do You Think?, or -What Do You Feel?, or -During The Talk, Nicky Said This, ‘What Do You Think?’

    • Avoid Discussions About Church Doctrine;

    • Avoid Technical Questions

KEY: Most people will not listen until they are first heard!

Small groups 8
Small Groups #8

  • Objectives/Strategies:

  • Move At The Rate Of The Slowest Person

  • At The End, Summarize What You Have Heard

  • Try To Model Bible Study When Possible

  • Expect Some Amazing Responses

  • Expect Some Amazing Results

KEY: Alpha is process. Time becomes an ally. Always be encouraging.

Small groups 9
Small Groups #9

  • Objectives/Strategies:

    • Do Not Ask Direct Questions

    • There Are No Wrong Answers

    • Guests Don’t Want To Be Back In School

    • Obvious Heretical Concepts Should Be Gently Corrected.

    • The Truth Is Not To Be Compromised

KEY: People can say the darnest things.

Small groups 10
Small Groups #10

  • Results Of Small Group Discussions:

    • The Discussion Groups Will Form Powerful Bonds

    • They Will Want To Stay Together

    • Facilitating This In A Fractured Church Can Be Very Difficult; - What Is Our Response?

KEY: Alpha requires your perseverance to succeed.

Small groups 11
Small Groups #11

  • PRAYER: In The Beginning:

  • We Do Not Pray Before Meals: Why?

  • We Do Not Pray Before Discussions: Why?

  • When, Then, Do We Pray?

  • When We Do Pray, Our Prayers Are Not Long And Learned: Why?

KEY: Prayer: Everything points to the HSW and the healing prayer night.

Small groups 12
Small Groups #12


    • Teaching Guests To Minister To Each Other Is An Important Objective Of The Course.

    • This Is The Most Difficult Task In The Course: Why?

KEY: God will be present to encourage you. Trust in Him!

Small groups 13
Small Groups #13

  • Leadership Training

    • Important To Identify Leaders/Helpers Of The Next Course Early On

    • This Should Be Done No Later Than Week 6

    • Credentials Are Not Important; A Willingness To Learn, Humility, And A Love Of People Is Enough

KEY: We do not need Alphaholics, we need Leaders and Helpers!

Small groups 14
Small Groups #14

  • The Retreat

    • An Extremely Important Part Of Course

    • Different Models; Saturday; Fri-Sat; Overnight F-S-Sun

    • Prepare Guests Early On For The Importance Of The Retreat;

    • Without A Retreat, A Great Deal Is Lost

KEY: Learning about the Holy Spirit; a WOW for most!

When to present alpha the two three four model
When to Present AlphaThe Two-Three-Four Model

Alpha Can Be Presented:

  • Two times a year – Fall & Winter (September and January Starts)

  • Three Times A Year – Fall, Winter, & Spring (September, January and March Starts)

  • Four Times A Year –F/W/S/S

  • Advantages/Disadvantages Of Each Model -Throughput; Team Training; Burnout

KEY: ALPHA requires commitment and a team. However, do not over commit.