Experiencing Alpha 2015

Experiencing Alpha 2015

Kuala Lumpur

Alpha certainly is a very good model as there is food, fun and learning.

From 16th-17th June 2015, the Alpha Asia Pacific Hub in Kuala Lumpur was abuzz with delegates who attended Alpha’s showcase event – Experiencing Alpha 2015. 164 church leaders and representatives from 9 countries around the Asia Pacific region attended this event which was aimed at exposing the delegates to as much of the culture of Alpha as possible while sharing with them what Alpha is and how it works.

Experiencing Alpha provided an intimate programme for senior church leaders and their key leaders to “look under the hood” of Alpha. The event allowed them to experience Holy Trinity Bukit Bintang (HTBB) which is located in the heart of the Alpha Asia Pacific Hub, as a church community and Alpha as an evangelistic expression of that community.

Sheela Isaac from Bangalore, India loved the testimonies of transformation that was shared. According to her, “Alpha certainly is a very good model as there is food, fun and learning.” 

The event has inspired many church leaders to integrate Alpha into their churches and to reach out especially to the young generation. Zipora Rebeka from St. Paul Anglican Church in Bandung, Indonesia sums it up nicely with her zeal, saying, "I'm really inspired! I can't wait to go to Bandung to use this concept and start with a new team and I want to share to the other people at Depo plus the other cities or to the other islands like the Kalimantan Barat."

Experiencing Alpha 2015 introduces a new perspective for church leaders to bring the message of Christ to the nations. It was not only just a time of envisioning and equipping but also a time for these church leaders around the region to come and encounter Jesus and to be refreshed.

 

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Sheela's Story

Sheela's Story

 

The idea of running Alpha in the workplace honestly stemmed from a practical reason – late working hours were a barrier to my colleagues being able to attend Alpha at church. It made sense to bring Alpha to the workplace for those who were interested to give it a go.

I remember feeling quite nervous and unsure the first time we ran it back in 2014. I didn’t know what to expect or if anyone would even turn up! ‘Ye of little faith’ I remember a friend saying to me when we ended up with a solid group of about 20 in that first round. Since then, we’ve run Alpha four times - sometimes with larger groups, sometimes with smaller groups - but each experience has never failed to be just as amazing.

The most interesting aspect for me about running Alpha in our workplace was the immediate connection that people made from having something fundamental in common – where they work. There was little need for breaking the ice and discussions took off from day 1 with guests feeling comfortable sharing their thoughts and perspectives.

Alpha in the workplace complements what the church is doing by reaching out to a community that might not have been able to be reached. So many of us know that being out there in the corporate world trying to make it in the great rat race can get tiring and it’s only a matter of time before one begins to ask “Is there more to life that this?” – which is a question that was on the minds of our guests when they came. Alpha provided that safe space for conversations that might not have taken place otherwise.

The most memorable account from a guest for me comes from a guy who had attended our first ever run of Alpha. Post-Alpha, he told us that while was hesitant initially about the whole idea, eventually the weekly sessions became a place of refuge for him in the busyness of work. He said that it was a truly unexpected experience - “Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.”

It’s not smooth sailing all the time but it is stories like this and many more of that nature that remind me that even if it’s for one person each round, it’s still worth it. And I’d just love to encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to just give it a go! The training and material make the process really simple to get started. Your adventure of a lifetime in running Alpha is just around the corner… trust me, it’s worth it!

Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.
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