We encourage churches to provide more interactive experiences for guests to continue their faith journey. Here are some ideas:
Encourage Alpha guests to help on the next Alpha.
This is one of the best ways to get people involved in your church community as they continue in their faith journey. Recommend a role that best matches their interests and gifts (technical help, icebreakers, small group helper etc).
Invite Alpha guests to join a small group / home group.
Look for ways to provide the same environment that guests enjoyed while attending Alpha – like fun, talk, discussion, and prayer. Meet every week (virtually for now) on the same day and time for consistency and provide an atmosphere that is casual and friendly.
Plan social events together.
Encourage Alpha guests to exchange contact information and to meet together in the future. Help them connect with people who have the same interests. Be mindful of COVID 19 restrictions and transition guidelines, and meet up for coffee or plan an outdoor weekend activity like frisbee or tennis.
Attend Sunday service together.
If Alpha participants are not churchgoers, small group hosts can suggest meeting up and going as a group so it is less intimidating. Introduce them to your friends and go for coffee afterwards to discuss their experience at the church service. (Always adhere to your province's COVID 19 guidelines!)
Keep guests connected.
If you or your church are active on social media, invite your guests to stay up-to-date so they know what’s happening in your church community.
Chat with your pastor or leadership team about your church's discipleship strategy. There are lots of 1 or 2-year programs to help Alpha guests get connected and grounded in the church community.
Please check with Parasource for discipleship resources
Here are a few resources to consider: