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Inside Alpha : explorations in evangelism

Author: James Heard; Andrew Walker
Publisher: Milton Keynes, U.K. ; Colorado Springs, Colo. : Paternoster, 2009.
Series: Studies in evangelical history and thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"UK church attendance is haemorrhaging and one course is hailed as the most effective tool for 'turning back the tide.' From small beginnings in the early 1970s, Alpha has grown to become a global success. Churches across the denominational spectrum have enthusiastically seized upon the course, seeing it as the remedy for declining church attendance. Inside Alpha explores such claims through richly grounded  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Heard; Andrew Walker
ISBN: 9781842276723 1842276727
OCLC Number: 472430125
Description: xvii, 268 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The genesis of Alpha --
An outline of Alpha --
Literature review --
Methodology --
The Alpha programme --
Alpha and the sociology of conversion --
A theological and liturgical critique of Alpha --
Conclusion: The future of Alpha.
Series Title: Studies in evangelical history and thought.
Responsibility: James Heard ; foreword by Andrew Walker.

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"UK church attendance is haemorrhaging and one course is hailed as the most effective tool for 'turning back the tide.' From small beginnings in the early 1970s, Alpha has grown to become a global success. Churches across the denominational spectrum have enthusiastically seized upon the course, seeing it as the remedy for declining church attendance. Inside Alpha explores such claims through richly grounded qualitative research on six Alpha courses. It assesses Alpha's primary aim of converting non-churchgoers and its longer-term goal of spiritual maturity (Colosians 1.28-29). It questions whether the Alpha programme is as successful as it claims at uniting evangelism and discipleship, mission and spiritual formation."--Back cover.

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