an opportunity like never before
to share the Gospel
“In a time when our Catholic parishes and people are not always able to gather as they once did, Alpha Online provides our priests and leaders with an easy and practical way of bringing people together online in small groups, offering formation in the core message of the Gospel, and providing a continued sense of belonging to community."
Daniel Ang. Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
What is Alpha Online?
The Complete Guide to Alpha Online gives you all the tips and tricks you need to run a successful Alpha Online.
Reaches more people
More people than ever can join your Alpha
Reaches new people
The gospel becomes more accessible when you share it online
Reaches and releases young people
Young people are more likely to try and run Alpha when it’s online
Grows strong leaders
Running Alpha online puts responsibility into the hands of your team
Jesus is transforming lives through Alpha online
Alpha Online Top Tips
Heavier Email Communication: Send weekly emails re-capping last week’s talk/discussion and ask guests to share their thoughts via email. Make sure to check-in if someone missed a night.
Session Engagement: Make sure either the course host or group host is engaging right from the beginning of the online session – saying hello to people, asking questions, telling jokes. Avoid the silent downtime to keep excitement and enthusiasm high.
Chat Functionality: Encourage hosts, helpers, and guests to utilise the chat functionality to comment and ask questions during the video as well as during discussion time when others are talking.
Make sure the hosts have all video files, discussion questions, and access to the digital solution the church has chosen. Churches are finding that guests tend to be more vulnerable online than in person. Prep your hosts so they can expect this.
Ask all guests to be on video
Ask all guests to join in a quiet environment if possible
Ask all guests to unmute during discussion. (Unless in a noisy setting). This allows for a more organic, free-flowing conversation.
Ask guests to not use green screen backgrounds to create a more natural environment.
Internet Connection: If you are hosting Alpha Online, make sure you have a strong internet connection. If possible, plug directly into an ethernet cable.
Short and Sweet: Churches have found that in an online format, people start to lose interest at around the one-hour mark. We recommend keeping the full session to 1 hour- 1 hour 15 minutes.