According to a new impact report, COVID has not impacted the demand for faith-based learning amongst Australians.
The 2021 Alpha Australia IMPACT Report has found that the demand in understanding faith or growing faith has significantly increased across the Christian denominations in recent years.
Moreover, the past 12 months has seen significant growth in the use of Alpha as a tool for evangelism across all major denominations and regions of Australia and across a diversity of settings. Over 62,000 people participated in Alpha, and many thousands came to faith for the first time.
Notably, the report documents that the need for faith-based education programs remains strong and is on the increase. The report also demonstrates that COVID has provided an opportunity for people to explore their faith through online learning platforms.
Melinda Dwight, National Director of Alpha Australia, commented, “The report highlights Alpha’s vision to share the Good News of the gospel in Australia as we look to achieve our goal of seeing 100,000 participants in 2021. To witness the growth of Alpha over recent years across all Christian denominations is truly inspiring and demonstrates that Alpha is an environment for anyone who wants to explore the Christian faith. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to ask questions and share their point of view.”
Melinda continued, “Alpha exists to serve and support churches in making disciples of Jesus Christ. We encourage everyone who wishes to help spread the Gospel and make the Good News available to all Australians to invite their friends and family, share online and support Alpha financially and in prayer.”
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions offering the opportunity to explore life and the meaning of faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Alpha began at a church in London in 1977. Now all over the world millions of people have tried Alpha and it has been translated into 112 different languages. Even as times have changed, the Alpha program has continued to be used by the church as an effective tool to reach thousands of people around the world.
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About Alpha Australia
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space, online or in person, where people can explore life, faith and meaning. Visit alpha.org.au