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The Alpha Shapers program is focused on investing into the next generation of Australian church leaders.

Joining an Alpha Shapers cohort is an opportunity to journey with a small group of peers, exploring the challenges and opportunities that are unique to Australian emerging leaders. The program provides a rare opportunity to connect with global leaders and participate in perspective-shifting experiences both in Australia and overseas.

Alpha Shapers provides cohorts for...

Senior Church Leaders

Executive Leaders

Youth & Young Adult Leaders

Catholic Leaders

Church Planters

Digital & Creative Leaders

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All accepted applicants will require a commitment of 5 events through the calendar year.


These gatherings are made up of 4 x 90-minute Cohort Meetings (online), 1 x in-person two day retreat on the Gold Coast in August 2023, as well as a series of optional in-person gatherings across Australia. You can see a full list of these events in the calendar below.

Date & Time (AEDT)
Event Description
March 20 - 24 | 8.00am - 9.00am
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Breakfast with Ric Thorpe (optional)
March 30 | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Cohort #1 (required)
April 26 - May 3 | 10.30am - 12.00pm
London, UK
Come & Learn in London (optional)
May 25 | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Cohort #2 (required)
July 13
Cohort #3 (required)
July 18 | 8.00am - 9.00am
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Breakfast with Ger Jones (optional)
August 28 - 30 | All Day
Gold Coast
Retreat (required)
October 19 | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Cohort #4 (required)
November | Time: TBC
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth
Capital City, Coffee Connects (optional)


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"I found that the value of connecting within Alpha's emerging leadership scene, wasn't just found within the world shaping speakers that I heard from, the life changing retreats that I attended or even the extensive network of peers that was formed. For me, the true value was, and continues to be, the constant spirit of unity experienced within the diversity of believers. Alpha's emerging leaders cohort is a special place. I believe God is going to use the cohort to equip leaders with the tools needed for the next season of life and ministry."

Prashan Thevarajah
Young Adults Pastor and podcaster,
Kings and Priests

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" 'Come Holy Spirit' was the prayer of our emerging leaders cohort.

It shaped my year as I followed the Spirit of God in my context. I’ve seen a spiritual revival within our congregation. More stillness, practicing His presence, fresh in fillings of joy and laughter. Ministry can often feel lonely, emerging leaders connected me with the genuine relationships which have continued to support and pray as we step out and lead. Gathering with church leaders across Australia sharpened me and lifted my faith. An investment that will ripple far and wide."

Kayla Hamilton
Youth Pastor, Hillsong Newcastle

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"Alpha’s Emerging Leaders program has been a highlight of my ministry. Seeing young church leaders from across the nation come together in unity, vulnerability and in prayer has been such an encouragement. Alpha continues to remain relevant and on the pulse for the needs of the church and is leading the way in raising the next generation of church leaders across Australia."

Scott McKinnon
Youth Pastor, Riverlife Baptist Church

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Cost: $249

(Please apply by the 6th of March, 2023)

* The Shapers program is valued at  $12,500 AUD. Due to the generosity of Alpha donors, we are able to offer the program to a select group of leaders at a reduced price.

If you are interested in donating towards the Alpha emerging leaders program, please visit

Cost Includes:

  • 5 x cohort gatherings with global guests and industry experts.

  • Exclusive emerging leaders content and resources

  • 3 Day Retreat on the Gold Coast (Accommodation, Meals & Program)

  • Birkman assessment and consultation

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Flights for retreat

  • Optional events (see program)


  • Who is Alpha for?
    Alpha is for everyone who is willing to have an honest conversation. No matter your background, history, or beliefs. You are welcome.
  • What happens at Alpha?
    Every Alpha is different but the core elements stay the same. There is time for connection with one another, be that a meal, snacks or cup of tea over Zoom. Then, we watch a video together, and afterwards we have a conversation about. In the conversation time, you share what you think. You can say as much or as little as you want, and nothing is off limits. Seriously.
  • How much does Alpha cost?
    Alpha is free!
  • How long does Alpha go for?
    Alpha is a series of sessions. However, you are welcome to come along for one week and see if its a fit for you. No pressure.
  • How do I sign up for Alpha?
    Use the 'Find an Alpha' tool above to sign up for Alpha, or use the get in touch via the contact form so the Alpha Australia team can connect you to the best Alpha for you.
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