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Telling Others

Nicky Gumbel

The Alpha Initiative

A key resource for churches on why and how to run an Alpha course.

This book imparts the vision, excitement, and challenge of Alpha, with a practical guide to running a successful course. Perfect as a resource for churches, the book details the principles and structure of Alpha, tips on hosting small groups and giving talks, and guidance on pastoral care.

A series of appendices provides suggestions for practicalities such as administration and running daytime and workplace courses, and advice on avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls.

The chapters are interspersed with testimonies, written in their own words, from people whose lives have been changed by God through Alpha.

Chapters include:

  • Principles
  • The Structure of Alpha
  • The Alpha Recipe
  • Hosting Small Groups
  • Pastoral Care
  • Giving Talks
  • Prayer Ministry

Appendices include:

  • Alpha Talk Scheme
  • Administration
  • Daytime Alpha
  • Alpha in the Workplace
  • Guest Questionnaire
  • How to Avoid the Seven Common Mistakes
  • Prayer and Alpha
  • Worship on Alpha
  • Alpha Weekend Entertainment

This edition was updated in 2019 – prior to Alpha online – and is also available as an ebook.

Product details:

  • Author: Nicky Gumbel
  • English Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Published: 2019
  • Weight: 177g
  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Thickness: 16 mm
  • Height: 198 mm
  • Width: 128 mm
  • ISBN: 9781473681194
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About the author

Nicky Gumbel led Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) from 2005 to 2022. Before this he read law at Cambridge and theology at Oxford, and practised as a barrister. Nicky is the pioneer of Alpha, a 15-session introduction to the Christian faith now running in over 100 countries around the world, and author of a number of bestselling books including Questions of Life and Searching Issues. Nicky is married to Pippa. They live in central London and have three children.