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  • 1. Welcome to Alpha Leader Training! Introductions •Name •Church •What Alpha means to me •Icebreaker Be succinct – or we’ll be here till next week!
  • 2. What is the Purpose of Alpha? Ultimate Purpose – Everyone come to know Jesus Goal – Gently, persuasively, caringly, sensitively, respectfully to listen and love them
  • 3. Why Alpha? What is the vision of Alpha? To make disciples of Jesus from all walks of life to transform society one life, one church, one community at a time. What is the mission of Alpha? To support the local church in its call to make disciples of Jesus and deepen relationships with Jesus and other Christians by providing the tool of the Alpha course.
  • 4. Alpha History • Began in England in 1976 in the living room of a clergyman of the Anglican Church • Most of its current form was developed by Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican priest at Holy Trinity Brompton in England • At HTB, more than 500 people participate in each of three courses held during the year
  • 5. Alpha History The Alpha course is worldwide • 44,365 courses • 163 Countries • Over 13 Million Attendees • 72 languages – 5 major translations • 127 denominations
  • 6. Alpha History Alpha stands for… • Anyone can come • Learning and laughter • Pasta • Helping one another • Ask anything
  • 7. Alpha Trust the Alpha recipe! There is a reason for everything!
  • 8. Alpha Schedule Introductory Dinner - Alpha #6 ―How Does God ―Christianity: Boring, Untrue & Guide Us?‖ Irrelevant?‖ – soon to be - ‖Is There More to Life than This?‖ Weekend/Day Away Alpha #1 ―Who is Jesus?‖ Alpha #7 ―How Can I Resist Evil?‖ Alpha #2 ―Why Did Jesus Die?‖ Alpha #8 ―Why and How Alpha #3 ―How Can I Be Sure Should We Tell Others?‖ of My Faith?‖ Alpha #9 ―Does God Heal Alpha #4 ―Why and How Do I Today?‖ Pray?‖ Alpha #10 ―What About the Alpha #5 ―Why and How Should Church?‖ I Read the Bible?‖ Celebration Supper
  • 9. Alpha Small Groups Table leaders are servant leaders - not self-serving leaders! – not teachers! Those attending are guests.
  • 10. Alpha Small Groups The small groups are seen as a fundamental part of Alpha’s success across the world Friendships are developed and this is the primary reason people come back (especially the skeptics) The small group may stay together after the conclusion of the course
  • 11. Alpha Principles When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
  • 12. Expectations for Team • Continue to develop personal faith • Focus on Guests • Communicate with prayer partners and leaders • Prayer
  • 13. Remember: It’s not about us. It’s about Him!!
  • 14. Team Training Be fully present for Guests • Develop a community of trust and honest sharing • Create an atmosphere of comfort and confidentially
  • 15. Table Leaders Heart of Alpha Should have: 1. Faith in Christ – committed Christians 2. Strong relational skills
  • 16. Table Helpers Potential leaders Perhaps returning guests
  • 17. Ideal Alpha Table Make-Up 2 Leaders 2 Helpers 8 Guests
  • 18. Aims of Small Group Leaders Discussion You are the host. They are your guests. Treat them as such. • Non-judgmental • Respectful • Honest • Authentic • Genuine
  • 19. Aims of Small Group Leaders • Practical details • Common errors – weak leadership – too dominate leadership • Ask simple questions – What do you think? – What do you feel? • Be prepared for common questions
  • 20. Aims of Small Group Leaders Leader is a referee and does not join sides in discussions. There to ensure fair play. Share the Ground Rules. There to draw out thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Get Searching Issues and read it.
  • 21. Aims of Small Group Leaders Model Bible study 1. Only when the most reluctant person is ready 2. Start with questions 3. Prepare carefully 4. Have group read Bible passage 5. Give short introduction 6. Get people talking 7. Encourage everyone 8. DON’T be like school!!! 9. Pitch low
  • 22. Aims of Small Group Leaders Develop lasting friendships with the Body of Christ Get to know each person well. Key – 5 or 6 significant Christian friendships.
  • 23. Aims of Small Group Leaders Learn to minister to one another
  • 24. Aims of Small Group Leaders Train others to lead
  • 25. Aims of Small Group Leaders Show skit.
  • 26. Pastoral Care Summary of Alpha: LOVE!! 1.God loves you – message of the Bible 2.We love God – 1st commandment 3.Love others – 2nd commandment Heart of Christianity
  • 27. Aim of Pastoral Care • Love who God sends us • Lifelong process to personal spiritual maturity • Don’t hurry the process. • Small groups and relationships are KEY!!
  • 28. Aim of Pastoral Care Be patient. Lots is going on. • Hearing the gospel. • Seeing Jesus Christ in your lives. • Experience Jesus Christ. • Experiencing Christian community. • Not just one relationship.
  • 29. Methods of Pastoral Care Give Guests opportunities • Encourage growth in: • To study • To pray • Personal relationship with Christ • Relationships within the Body of Christ
  • 30. Alpha General Attitudes Be an encourager • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 • Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Understanding Affirmation Validation Appreciation Acceptance
  • 31. Alpha General Attitudes Be a listener • James 1:19 • My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. No religious conversation during meals. Draw them out.
  • 32. Alpha General Attitudes Be a listener • Listening empowers people. • Opinions are valued. • Gives dignity.
  • 33. Alpha General Attitudes Be a peacemaker • Matthew 5:9 • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Don’t argue. Diffuse arguments between guests. Validate points made by each. No arguing allows people to change with greater comfort.
  • 34. Alpha Commitment Colossians 1:29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. Our Responsibility: Prayer Overcoming tiredness Hard work Loving everyone Effort Overcoming disappointment Late nights Concentrating on guests
  • 35. Alpha Commitment God’s Grace Allow the Spirit of God to speak to you during the talks and fill you during worship and ministry moments. Ask for the Holy Spirit to be present. Be ready to serve.
  • 36. Some Listening Facts •We can effectively hear 125-250 words per min. •We can effectively think 1,000-3,000 words per min. •85% of what we learn is by listening •45% of our day is spent listening •75% amount of time preoccupied, distracted or forgetful
  • 37. What does the Bible say about listening? Proverbs 18:13 He who answers before listening— that is his folly and his shame. James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, Proverbs 18:2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
  • 38. It’s a Process • Conversion Process (Vision New England) • 86% of new converts came to faith in Christ over a period of time. • 32% over several months to a year • 54% journey to salvation took place over several years • 14% one point conversion “Vision New England Recent Convert Study”, Jan. 2007, Vision New England, Acton, Main.
  • 39. Six Invisible Barriers 1. Jumping to Conclusions or Causes •Shuts down communication •Tell someone their motive •Make judgement about their relationship with Jesus •Judging can make guest frustrated and decide to not return •Guests don’t feel valued
  • 40. Six Invisible Barriers 2. Impatience •Fidgeting •Interrupting •Finishing sentences •Guests don’t feel valued
  • 41. Six Invisible Barriers 3. Hot Buttons •Cause emotional responses. •If they hit a hot button for me and I respond, it becomes about me. •Focus should be on guests. •Think soccer ball.
  • 42. Six Invisible Barriers 4. Anxiety •Allows focus to shift to us again! •We worry about: •Questions we don’t know the answer to •Asking good questions •Domination •Dead air
  • 43. Six Invisible Barriers 5. Defensiveness •We become preachy and argumentative •Key •Breath slow long and deep •Talk to self – NOT ABOUT ME! •Need to know what to say to them
  • 44. Six Invisible Barriers 6. Insensitivity •Must be aware of the feelings of others •Must not ignore any sharing •Pay attention to the message we are sending •Focus on us or guest?
  • 45. Oswald Chambers said: We often represent Jesus in a spirit that is not his. We harm Him by our advocacy for Him.
  • 46. Alpha Guest on First Night How do they feel? What are they looking for?
  • 47. Greatest Gift •Listening ear, eye contact, and good body language. •It gives them value. •Allows for sharing •Gives a place for Jesus Christ to touch them.
  • 48. Communication Pie What you say 7% Tone of voice 38% Body Language 55%
  • 49. 5 Keys to Communicating S ervant attitude E ye contact R elaxed posture V aluing differences E mbody Jesus’s love – Love them thru me
  • 50. If We Listen Effectively •Realize that the first thing out of our mouth isn’t want they want to talk about. •Must make them feel safe. •Validate their feelings. •Understand. •Allow them to share at the deepest level.
  • 51. Feeling Chart Nonverbal Warmth Remember: Also Consider: S – Sensitive Seating T – Touch O – Openness E – Environment L – Leaning A – Accommodating Attitude A – Appropriate eye contact R - Relax
  • 52. Questions •Not a sales pitch •Not memorized set of questions •Putting caring for them into words.
  • 53. Basic Reflective Listening Formula Tentative Opening + Feeling + About/Because/When + Thought It sounds like you feel mad about I hear you saying that you feel sad because of If I hear you correctly you feel glad when You seem to be saying you feel afraid about I think I hear you saying you feel confused because of I’m not sure I am follow you feel ashamed about Am I hearing you say you feel lonely when
  • 54. Basic Reflective Listening •Careful not to give advice. •Practice with others figuring out what they are really saying. •Not being manipulative – just trying to understand •Hearing and understanding leads to compassion. •Compassion keeps us from trying to be right and lets us sit with them.
  • 55. Characteristics of Wondering Questions 1. Non-threatening • No right or wrong • Only opinions 2. Communicates humility 3. Allows people to discover the truth for themselves • About caring for someone with no ulterior motive
  • 56. Characteristics of Wondering Questions 4. Causes people to ask questions • We are all seekers • Must listen first – but discern what people are wondering about • Initiate a wondering dialogue – be curious about them • Search for underlying questions • Think Columbo
  • 57. When they ask the hard question •Try to find out the underlying question •Don’t debate – that comes from emotional base •Stay away from theology •―I was wondering why that question & why that question right now?‖
  • 58. When they ask the hard question •Important to decide when & if to send the question back to the table. •End with ―I wonder if you can continue to participate in the course and if you don’t find the answers you seek, we’ll talk.‖ •Write the question down so they know you won’t forget to get back to it.
  • 59. When they ask the hard question You have the privilege of meeting people where they are worried. That is the place where they long to meet Jesus
  • 60. I Corinthians 1: 26-31 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ, Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness, redemption. Therefore as it is written: ―Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.‖
  • 61. 1 Peter 4:8-11 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
  • 62. To get access to this Alpha slide show: http://www.slideshare.net /lmcculloch/slideshows