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THAT ’ S H U N D R E D S O F TH O U SAN D S O F P E O P LE WH O HAVE : • Heard the Gospel for the first time • Discovered a relationship with Jesus • Invited someone they know to explore faith

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MES SAGE FROM SHAIL A

1,0 04 ,650+ PEOPLE HAVE AT TENDE D ALPHA IN CANADA


Looking back on 2018, we thank God and celebrate all He is doing through the church in Canada. We count it an incredible privilege to support and inspire the Canadian church to share the Gospel and we recognize that it is your partnership that makes it possible. Alpha Weekend and build awareness of the

BC. In addition, I have personally taken

and time away. These elements are crucial to

responsible for training and leadership

transformational impact of prayer ministry

the quality of the Alpha experience and will be a continued area of focus for us.

Youth & Student-Led

excited about the 466 student-led Alphas

better serve the church, we seized a moment

As we have continued to explore how we can

that ran last year. This represents a cultural

of need as identified by many of the senior

This has been and will continue to be an area of opportunity as we work to help empower and equip students across the country.

Catholic Context & Prisons In 2018, there were leadership changes

and the church set historic highs in all major areas: the number of guests, courses and volunteers.

Culture of Evangelism Last year we continued to press into quality Alphas, focusing on supporting the culture of evangelism in the church. This is a work

that starts at the roots and builds a strong

foundation that will deliver long-term impact. We specifically looked at ways to model the

monitor and adapt to.

who have taken Alpha, but we are even more

help them understand the person of Jesus.

the one millionth Alpha guest in Canada,

which our leadership team continues to

Looking Ahead

make a difference in their friends’ lives and

At the end of 2018, we were able to celebrate

development. This also brings complexity

We are so grateful for the one million people

shift in the next generation that desires to

On behalf of the Alpha Canada Board and staff, thank you for your faithful partnership in making Jesus known.

on a global role as Senior Vice President

church leaders across our country; the

epidemic of social isolation and loneliness, and encouraging congregations to share

their faith and invite. In response to this, we began to dream and imagine what it would look like if every Christian in every church

running Alpha invited one person they share

life with to discover a relationship with Jesus.

in both of these ministry areas and we are

In this report, you will be able to read more

and even more so in 2020.

highlights from 2018, each reminding me of

anticipating an increase in impact in 2019

Philanthropy

about this initiative as well as a number of God’s goodness at work in our country.

Last year, we prioritized increasing our

We are grateful to the leaders who allow

to the church in Canada. God opened the

volunteers and for the faithful partners

funding to optimize our service opportunities hearts of new and faithful partners, and

we’ve been amazed at the generosity of

Alpha volunteers who were excited for the opportunity to give to Alpha through our

us to serve them, for the enthusiastic like you who make this all possible. With gratitude,

Easter and Christmas campaigns.

Global Work Our team continues to contribute to Alpha globally through our youth, digital and

Shaila Visser National Director, Alpha Canada

training work based in New Westminster,

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ALPHA IN 2018 C E LE B R ATI N G YO U R I M PACT

120,838 Guests

2017: 109,910

28,728 Began or restored a relationship with Jesus 2017: 29,517

ALPHA FOR YOUTH & STUDENT- LE D

5,474 Alphas 2017: 5,000

2,204 Churches / organizations 2017: 2,029

60,348

466

61% increase

211% increase

2,538

12,287

Alphas for Youth

Began or restored a relationship with Jesus on Alphas for Youth

Youth Guests

52% increase

Student-led Alphas

64% increase

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“Alpha has changed how our students share Jesus with their friends. It has made it so easy and accessible for their friends to ask questions and feel welcomed. We have adopted the model that all our Alphas are run completely by students, meaning they have owned the creativity, leadership and execution, and have done it so well!� - Chris Whitelaw, Youth Pastor, Beulah Alliance Church, Edmonton, AB


ALPHA WE EKE N D Joint Alpha Weekend at Muskoka Woods, Ontario In the fall of 2018, churches from the Greater Toronto Area joined together for an Alpha Weekend at Muskoka Woods as part of our

strategy around quality Alphas. It was highly impactful for the 245 people from 22 different churches that attended. Churches felt

more equipped and excited to run their own weekend away or be a part of another collective one in the future.

Alpha Weekend volunteers

“The prayer ministry was for both leaders and guests and the Holy Spirit was with us. Everyone felt it. It was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences of my life.” Jenn Van Gent, Alpha Team Leader, Little Trinity Church, Toronto, ON

EXPE RIE NCE ALPHA Church Leader Engagement Twice each year, we invited groups of influential churches and leaders to Experience

Alpha events at HTB in London. This allowed leaders to experience Alpha culture first

hand in the unique context of a local church and return to launch Alpha and effectively engage their church communities in sharing the Gospel.

“Wonderful, inspirational, exactly what I needed to refocus on God’s grand vision for evangelization. And I was immensely touched to meet and build relationships with my Protestant/ Evangelical brothers/sisters/pastors–an unexpected treat that will impact me for life.” - Fr Justin Huang, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Vancouver, BC

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IMPACT STORIES

MIR AN DA & AS HLYN Abbotsford, BC Miranda’s co-worker, Ashlyn, took a step of faith last summer and invited her to attend an Alpha she was hosting at her home.

I think at the beginning, I didn’t know

My family is very, very atheist. So

we got super, super close. So now she’s

growing up I never had church or the Bible or anything faith-related. I was never really taught about it.

Ashlyn super well. I just knew that she was going to host Alpha. But right

through doing Alpha and starting to

learn about Jesus with her, I feel like

very invested in my life as I am in hers. We’ve created a really cool friendship out of it.

When I first met Ashlyn, she was just

So Alpha has impacted my life greatly.

was always trying to make people

in my walk of life. It really changed

very positive and full of light. She

happy and make them laugh and I

really admired that about her. So I was very, very drawn to her. And through

conversations, she would tell me that

she was a Christian and that she works at her church. And when she invited

me, that was during the time when I was wondering, “Is this God?” So during

that, I thought, “Maybe this is a sign. Maybe I need to go to Alpha.”

I hadn’t really been to church before

that, so I was very nervous to go. But it was such an open atmosphere. It was

always very welcoming and warm. And there was an excitement in the room,

which felt really good. We all bounced ideas off each other and encouraged

each other to find the purpose that we were all there for.

Within the first month of Alpha there

was just this moment after I had heard

all of the facts and people’s testimonies that I started to figure out my own

testimony and really started to dive into my own experience. And within

that time, I said, “I do believe and I am so in this.”

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I think it just gives me more confidence my perspective into a more positive,

welcoming and bright view of the world. I’ve struggled with mental health and pretty intense anxiety, and through

Alpha, I felt this weight lifted off and it really was a great guide on how to continue my faith everyday.

It is Jesus who changes you, and I

think the big reason I want to share

my love for Alpha is just because it’s

an open door to walk in and learn how to be changed by Jesus, and it totally opened up that path of life for me.

“It is Jesus who changes you, and I think the big reason I want to share my love for Alpha is just because it’s an open door to walk in and learn how to be changed by Jesus, and it totally opened up that path of life for me.” Miranda


LOCAL CHURCH St. John’s, NL

Jason Normore recently planted a church in the heart of downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland. With many attending having little to no Christian background, he decided to run Alpha. What led you to run Alpha at LOCAL Church? Lucky for us, we ended up getting a bit of press, and a lot more people heard about us and gained some interest, including a surprising amount of people with no

Christian background at all. So I thought, “Man, pressure is on. What do we do now?” I was sitting with my wife and I said, “I think we have to do Alpha.” I couldn’t think of

anything else that would act as a proper introduction to what Christianity is all about.

How has running Alpha impacted you and your community? Alpha’s been very helpful in that there’s almost this pressure in a pastoral role that you have to have all the answers and you have to be able to fix everybody and do

everything. But a big thing we keep going back to as a church is, we don’t want our

church to be monologue driven, we really want it to be dialogue driven. I think that’s

true to our context where we eat together, and we’re neighbours, and we’re all part of this city together.

So Alpha was the perfect launching point of, here’s a topic, whether you agree with

it or not, whether you think this is lame or brilliant, let’s see where the conversation

goes. It gives people the opportunity to express to the people that are in their lives what they’ve experienced and to participate in continuing the story of God without having it all figured out.

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LOOKING AHEAD LI F E . S HAR E D I N ITIATIVE A church-inspired initiative to mobilize Christians in Canada to share life, faith and Jesus. In our conversations with church leaders, the primary issue that arises is the need for evangelism and how to be effective, particularly among the 30 and under

age group. The challenge is that most Christians don’t feel equipped or inclined to share the Gospel.

A recent Angus Reid study showed that only 29% of

religiously-committed people in Canada view evangelism positively. Evangelism is often seen as uncomfortable, unnatural or for a select few experts.

In response, we have started to pray and dream along with the church to imagine what it would look like if every Christian, in every church running Alpha, invited one person they share life with to explore the Christian faith on Alpha.

We want to focus on the simplicity of inviting one person to Alpha because we know that 80% of guests come because they were personally invited. As part of the

Life. Shared Initiative, we will be supporting churches with new resources to encourage and equip the whole church body in experiencing the joy of sharing Jesus and seeing friends’ lives transformed.

This will be an ongoing engagement strategy as we advance our mission to inspire and serve the church across Canada in its mission to help people discover a relationship with Jesus.

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New resources coming Summer 2019 alphacanada.org/LifeShared

Share life, share faith, share Jesus.


NEW RE SOURCE S TO MOBILI Z E THE WHOLE CHURCH

ALPHA: INVITE

ALPHA: EQUIP

Resources to inspire the whole church to invite people to Alpha

Resources to train volunteers to run Alpha well

S U N DAY S E RVI C E

7 B E S T P R ACTI C E S & P R I N C I P LE S

A series of videos to play in the weeks leading up to Alpha We are supporting church leaders with

resources to leverage the weeks before their

Alpha launch and encourage the whole church to participate in invitation.

We have developed Alpha’s seven best practices by observing churches across the world that

have developed a culture of evangelism. Updated training videos and resources for Alpha Team Leaders will be launching this year.

S MALL G RO U P S A three-week video series that facilitates small group discussion about sharing faith with practical application. To complement the Sunday gathering, many churches meet mid-week in smaller groups. We have developed a pre-Alpha small

group series that is aimed at mobilizing congregations in the art of invitation.

7 B E S T P R ACTI C E S P R AYE R / E VAN G E LI S TI C P O S ITI O N E Q U I P P I N G A TE AM / H O S P ITALIT Y ALP HA TALKS / O P E N D I S C U S S I O N TI M E AWAY 2018 Annual Report

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LOOKING AHEAD E M P OWE R I N G S TU D E NT S We will continue to come alongside youth leaders and youth ministries to empower the next generation with

specific resources and support and to encourage students in their church community to host Alpha for their friends. It has proven to be a transformative experience for students to facilitate conversations and create a welcoming space for their peers to come and discover the Good News of Jesus for themselves.

466 student-led Alphas in 2018

P R AYE R Prayer is foundational in everything we do. Nicky

Gumbel recently led a prayer initiative at HTB where each person prayed for and invited three people to Alpha. It resulted in a 40% increase in the number

of guests. We sense that thousands across Canada desire to share Jesus in the same way, so we are

mobilizing prayer within our staff and prayer network

as well as partnering with other ministries in different prayer strategies this year.

400+ prayer partners in 2018

D I G ITAL E N GAG E M E NT We are continually working on serving leaders and

teams the best way we can with regular digital platform improvements, up-to-date Alpha product, and email

and live chat support. Through ongoing feedback and

communication with leaders running Alpha in Canada and

around the world, we will be launching the new Alpha digital platform in 2019 to ensure that Alpha teams are equipped with new training resources and can connect with us to

receive additional support as they run Alpha in their church community.

14,000+ Alpha user accounts created 10

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(since May 2016 launch)

2018 FINANCIALS

I N 2 019, WE HAVE A CO NTI N U E D FOC U S O N TH E S E KE Y AR E AS :


DO NATIO N S & I N CO M E : $6 ,0 3 4 ,8 49 General Donations

43.52%

Designated Donations

11.22%

- Alpha Youth Series - Other

11.58% 88.42%

Joint Ministry Donations (Outside Canada)

34.03%

Alpha Staff Support

5.53%

Other Income

5.70%

- Alpha Events & Other Engagements

17.74%

- Development

82.26%

DO NATIO N S BY S OU RC E Individuals & Family Fdns.

90.50%

Churches

5.70%

Charitable Fdns.

3.80%

M I N I S TRY E XPEN DITU R ES: $5, 478,8 0 0 Ministry Focus 41.66% - Church Support

66.67%

- Course Support

33.33%

Product & Resources for the Church - Alpha Youth Series

1.50% 100%

Administration 10.67% Joint Ministry (Outside Canada)

37.50%

Fundraising 5.84% Events 2.83%

“We know that helping a person discover a relationship with Jesus is the first priority.� - Henry and Cory Zech, Alpha partners and volunteers My wife and I are so grateful to have become Christians through Alpha. Before being invited to Alpha, I was somewhat

familiar with the idea of God but did not have a relationship with Jesus. Alpha explained the Gospel so well that I finally got it! My wife saw the changes in me and decided to go check it out for herself. Since then, we have both wanted to support the Alpha team in any way to help others discover a relationship with Jesus Christ. We know that helping a person discover a relationship with Jesus is the first priority.

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PAR TN E R WITH ALP HA

Your support makes it possible for people to explore the Christian faith through churches all across Canada and impacts thousands of lives with the Good News of the Gospel. At Alpha Canada, our vision is the evangelization of Canada resulting in the transformation of the nation. Our mission is to inspire and serve the Canadian church in its mission to help people discover a relationship with Jesus Christ, using Alpha.

Find out more and give at alphacanada.org/give

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