Alpha Group Leaders

ALPHA GROUP LEADERS


Thank you for your interest to join the Alpha group leaders team!

Please read the below completely and consider prayerfully. 

Alpha needs group leaders that are humbly pursuing Jesus' presence and being conformed to Jesus' image for the good of our city while Jesus' Kingdom comes.

What does it mean to be an Alpha Group Leader?
Being a group leader is intentionally loving 5-9 people that attend Alpha over the 11 weeks of the course. Group leaders can serve as a Host or Helper. In either role you will learn to be real, relational and reproducible with your group while being totally reliant on the prompting and power of the Holy Spirit.

Is being a Group Leader just for the 11 weeks of the course?
Many leaders develop close friendships with their group members that continue beyond Alpha. For many, being a part of evangelism and discipleship through Alpha precedes the call to be salt and light in a new gospel community. Our prayer is that those who attend Alpha who know and love Jesus by the end of it may also go on to lead groups at the next Alpha in a beautiful cycle of multiplication and replication.

What theological knowledge do I need to be a Group Leader?
Alpha needs people that have a relationship with Jesus and know the Bible, but being a great group leader at Alpha doesn't mean having all the right answers. Group leaders do not teach the course, they take the course with their group as students. Group leaders love people and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit who will lead them to share their hearts with vulnerability and authenticity at the right moments. Being a group leader is submitting to what God wants to do in and through you, so that all might taste how good He is. 

But what does a Group Leader functionally do?
1) Group leaders will foster an environment of support, safety and hospitality with an aim to build friendships. On Alpha night they will get the group engaged, queue up the video, and manage the discussion time to keep the conversation balanced. Following Alpha night they will submit prayer requests, pray and create meaningful moments of follow up throughout the week.
2) As a team of leaders we will minister to one another through confession, intentional prayer, biblical authority, and worship as we meet together with Jesus who will fill our hearts to overflowing.

Email jonathan@wchurch.ca to express your interest in Alpha Group Leading.


COMMITMENTS

WEEKLY COURSE 

Attend the 11 weeks of the course from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

ALPHA SATURDAY OR Alpha Weekend

Depending on the option we choose per alpha, attend the Alpha Saturday or the Alpha Weekend away (Friday night - Sunday morning).

ALPHA GROUP LEADER TRAININGS

There are three training sessions held on Saturdays, two before the course starts and a third just before the Alpha Saturday or Alpha Weekend away.

Love through evangelism and discipleship

Love through evangelism and discipleship means leaders may be led by the Spirit to meet with their group members for one on one conversations, activities or practical needs. Some time is spent coordinating a digital group chat where questions can be asked and resources can be shared. Leaders may also spend extra time with their partner hosts or helpers to be discipled, research, pray and coordinate their group follow ups.

Email jonathan@wchurch.ca to express your interest in Alpha Group Leading.



HOSTS & HELPERS (ALPHA GROUP LEADERS)

An Alpha Online group needs both a “Host” and a “Helper” gift/skill set. These roles have different areas of focus, but share the same goal; for everyone in the group to feel welcomed, loved and supported.

HostS

Hosts are the welcoming presence and facilitate the discussion. They take responsibility for every person in the group in order to nurture the relationships, foster a safe environment and ensure group discussion is inclusive and balanced. 

  • Host Qualifications:
    • Follows Jesus and is willing to share their testimony, attends a community group.
    • Has a strong listening disposition, passion for connecting people, high social intelligence and loves getting to know many people and in order to help them thrive.
    • Not afraid of mild conflict, willing to engage and set boundaries.
  • Host Commitments: 
    • Attend the team trainings (details are in the application form).
    • Attend all Tuesday sessions (7pm - 9:30pm), and attend the Alpha Saturday.
    • Check in with your group members at least once a week.
    • Collaborate to submit prayer requests once a week.
    • Commit to confession, prayer, time in the word and worship (seeking Jesus' presence)

HelperS

Helpers support the host and group members. Helpers will largely stay quiet in order to listen, pray silently, or moderate the chat as the discussion is unfolding. They hone their analytical skills to replay key moments in the debriefs and stay ready to ask or rephrase a question at a "too long" pause. They run point in providing group support and answering practical questions (where can I get the video, handout, zoom link, etc.)

  • Helper Qualifications: 
    • Follows Jesus and is willing to share their testimony, attends a community group.
    • Has a strong listening disposition, equipped with good discernment and attention to detail.
    • Capable technically (I.e. Able to setup an online meeting, navigate online resources, moderate a chat, etc. Some training will be provided for this.)
  • Helper Commitments: 
    • Attend the team trainings (details are in the application form).
    • Attend all Tuesday sessions (7pm - 9:30pm), and attend the Alpha Saturday.
    • Check in with your group members at least once a week.
    • Collaborate to submit prayer requests once a week.
    • Commit to confession, prayer, time in the word and worship (seeking Jesus' presence)

Email jonathan@wchurch.ca to express your interest in Alpha Group Leading.


ALPHA TEAM LEADER BIOS

 

Jay

Jonathan Haines is is the Director of Ministry Resources for Westside Church and coordinates the Alpha Course and Alpha leadership team for Westside.

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: Alpha creates a safe space to share with others. The Church has a bit of a stigma for being judgemental, so I love that Alpha makes it a really clear priority to create a welcoming space where people from all faiths and backgrounds can just listen, or be heard without fear of judgement.

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: There was a woman in my group that was very proper, calm and reserved. She was quiet, always listening and observing. She'd grown up Christian, but had lapsed. Much time had passed and there was nothing there for her now. We got to week three on "Why Did Jesus Die?" and began discussing the concept of right and wrong and forgiveness. As we began discussion she seemed somewhat disengaged. It seemed the video had revealed something to her and she was processing it. As another table member began to share a wound in their past with tremendous vulnerability, she began to listen. That vulnerability was enough for her to speak up, just a small admittance, that she had someone she couldn't forgive. That was the moment Jesus began the healing process in her life, it took weeks to walk out but she ended the course a vibrant, joyful, free, forgiven and forgiving woman.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: My prayer for Alpha is that the Father would bring people who have been searching for answers, people that are thirsty. Both to lead and to attend! That Jesus would open their eyes and providentially supply them with the faith to believe He is the Son of God, He knows them, and He did the work to pay for their sin and set them free and that in Him they may have life abundantly!


Abby Seinin co-leads the Hosts & Helpers for Alpha Online.

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: The sense of humility I experience every Alpha when I witness how powerfully the Holy Spirit is at work among us, which reminds me that it’s not about me.

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: “I didn’t know that it was a Christian thing!”. She had followed her best friend to Alpha, not opening the invitation she had been sent. Her guard was up. She was angry at God for not answering her prayers as a child to save her family from an abusive father. Still, she listened attentively and asked to hear our stories, coming back session after session. The last night, she was beaming. During the talk, she told us what happened at home after the last session. The Spirit had filled her with a joy she never experienced before. She had called her best friend, who invited her to come to Christ. They prayed over the phone and her life changed forever. She was the last person I thought would come to Christ at my table. Since then I never underestimate the Holy Spirit’s power to change the hardest heart.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: I pray to be blown away by the Lord like never before in Alpha! To see our boldest prayers for Alpha and for our Church answered, way more than what we prayed for or imagined and finally say “My God, I am so much in awe of you! How in love I am with you!”


Skyler Tarrant co-leads the Hosts & Helpers for Alpha Online.

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: My love for Alpha is the opportunity have a open discussions with a group of people from all beliefs that is centred around God, and show who Jesus really is.

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: For me, attending a church was about showing up for service, then leaving before really talking to people. Then, someone random (that I now consider a friend) invited me to attend Alpha. The relationships that developed from my first Alpha group gave me a small start to building community in church, which later led me into a community group. The next Alpha I got an opportunity to become a leader where I learned to walk alongside others in faith (as I too was growing). Eight years later, I can say Alpha keeps blessing me in each new season, while the Lord deepens the relationships I have with friends of past groups.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: That people will reach out and invite a person that, like myself, just needed an invitation. That Alpha would provide a safe place for all of us to invite people that may not be ready or willing to attend a church service. Come one, come all!

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