50% of Alpha converts don't make it to church?!

50% of Alpha converts don’t make it to church!

Alpha was described as possibly the last hurrah of the tail end of Christendom.

Holy Trinity Brompton, home of Alpha, reports that 50% of their Alpha graduates do not make it into church after making a personal response. This is very troubling! One response from new believers is “I thought Alpha is church and now you expect to come and sit in this thing and put up with all this? We shared real meals and now you are offering me a wafer? We interacted and now you expect me to sit in a row and just listen?”

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  1. #1 by scotty on November 16, 2005 - 10:04 am


  2. #2 by Nathan on November 16, 2005 - 11:16 am

    Indeed. Sad that it took all that energy poured out into Alpha before the church would listen this feedback. Those outside have always seen what we do as odd and want no part of it. When we offer something that finally looks authentic, we bait and switch. They KNOW what church is supposed to be. Always have. Why’s it taken us so long to see it?

  3. #3 by graham on November 17, 2005 - 3:49 am

    The reality is that they’ve known this for ages. However, I guess the feeling is that it’s worth it just for the 50%.

  4. #4 by robbymac on November 17, 2005 - 11:33 pm

    Are we assuming that the other 50% have left the faith, or just not connected with church?

  5. #5 by Leighton Tebay on November 18, 2005 - 9:42 am


    I don’t equate a lack of church attendance with leaving the faith. I would say the church should learn a little bit from Alpha.

  6. #6 by robbymac on November 20, 2005 - 5:32 pm

    Ah, that’s what I thought you meant! Thanks for the clarification!

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