About twenty years ago in England, a barrister (that’s their fancy name for a lawyer) named Nicky Gumble became a Christian and realized that churches were too stuffy and irrelevant for his secular friends that he wanted to invite. So he pulled together a group of non-churchy people and created the Alpha course, which has now run in over a hundred countries, attended by over twenty million people. It’s very simple, having just three components and one vision.
The components are this: First, serve food (everyone can agree that this is a good place to start). Second, present a brief message about the spiritual journey in language that everyone can understand. Third, let people discuss where they are at, their questions, and their perspectives in small groups. Pretty simple, right? And then there’s the overarching vision: to create a safe place where people can explore the Christian faith in a non-pressured, skeptic-friendly, and authentic way and where people can draw their own conclusions at their own pace.
Alpha at City Church runs for ten weeks and starts tonight at 6:15pm (Thursday January 22) in my home (click HERE for a map). After dinner, I’ll be speaking for less than 20 minutes about “How to Go on a Spiritual Journey” and then we’ll talk about it in groups. All kinds of people will be here. A number have already said they can’t make it tonight but will join in next week or the week after, which is fine (Alpha runs for 10 weeks and you can join any time). So if you are ready to go on the spiritual journey, come join us. Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions: email@example.com. And feel free to check out the Alpha website here.