Many people around the world have found Alpha has worked well for them.  But it does not suit all rural communities.  While it would be easy to say that it is likely to work better in larger villages and where there is a higher level of incomers in the professional and middle management level, this is too general a statement.


If you have not met up with Alpha you need to know that it is a form of process evangelism and comes in three basic parts.  Each session, of the ten weekly sessions, starts with a welcome and a meal, then some teaching which either is taken directly from a DVD or a local leader following the provided notes, and finishes with discussion groups.


There are a number of similar courses and tyou can find out more by clicking on any of these links:  Alpha, Christianity Explored, Emmaus, Start.


Below you will find a selction of articles reflecting on these courses:

Alpha and Start Courses in a Rural Context
David Phypers
Alpha And Start Courses In A Rural Conte[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [46.5 KB]
Christianity Explored preferred
Trevor Dickinson
Christianity Explored Preferred.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [24.6 KB]
Should there be a Rural Version of Alpha?
Gordon Gatward
Should There Be A Rural Version Of Alpha[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [24.6 KB]
Emmaus Proved Effective
Rona Orme
Emmaus Proved Effective.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [22.6 KB]
Alpha Disappointments
Alpha Disappointments.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [31.6 KB]
Using Alpha and Explored in a Rural Context
Trevor Dickerson
Using Alpha And Christianity Explored.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [39.7 KB]
Preaching to the Converted
Jim Mynors
Preaching To The Converted.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [35.3 KB]