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Alpha course
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The Alpha Course is a course on the basics of the Christian faith. It was developed by the Holy Trinity Brompton Anglican church in London during the late 1980's. Since that time Alpha has spread all over the world and is currently run in 143 countries by many different denominations.


The Alpha course is organized as a series of evening session, beginning with a meal, a talk (often a video of one by Nicky Gumbel), and discussion in small groups. The content frequently refers to C. S. Lewis, and John Stott. The course typically also includes a weekend session on the Holy Spirit.

Courses are offered free of charge. Alpha courses frequently use Contemporary Christian Music.


The Alpha course has attracted much praise as a technique for spreading the basics of the Christian faith. Although started in the Anglican church, it's subsequent use by a wide variety of denominations and groups indicate its success in capturing the essence of the faith. It's emphasis on discussion makes for a non-threatening environment.


The Alpha course has been criticised for a Charismatic emphasis. Some churches have found that the expectations of Alpha graduates caused friction with more established members of the congregation. Criticism has also arisen over the homophobic nature of some sections of the standard course. Some churches have chosen to teach a modified version which avoids the subject of sexuality.


Alpha began at Holy Trinity Brompton, a Church of England church in London, England. In 1990 the Rev. Nicky Gumbel took over the Alpha course, which began a rapid expansion.

In 2004, over 25,000 courses are offered in more than 143 countries, and in many Christian denominations.

Alpha organizations hold national initiatives, often purchasing advertising in many media.

Related courses

Special version of the Alpha course tailored for spevific demographics exist, including:

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