The seasoned churchgoer often has the vision of grandeur when it comes to Alpha. The traditional backdrop often involves a team of 20 volunteers, 3 queues for food and 15 people around a table (or something like that). But the mammoth proportion isn’t necessary to a quality Alpha; the stepping stones of pots and pans can equally equate to a great evening. It’s all about what’s already in your hand.
Rachel Hughes, St Luke’s Gas Street Birmingham, talks us through a kind of scalability we can swallow. Starting small can craft the culture of Alpha at your church, creating an intimate setting where people feel free to express their thoughts openly - a pivot point of a quality run Alpha.
Guests can find themselves swept away by the hospitality and the Alpha Film Series has made pressing play on the talk just that. If you have caught the vision for Alpha but you don’t know how you can make it work, getting to know what key ingredients make a great evening can start home group sized and quite often do.
'I decided I would hold an Alpha in my house – my kitchen. And it was beautiful.'
If you aren’t sure about cooking a recipe with a dash of this and a smattering of that, make like Rachel and find the right place for you to run an Alpha. It could even be where you would watch a film on a night in, space where you drink coffee out on a Saturday morning or even in the open air. Are the components you need to run a truly local Alpha already in your hand?