Very encouraging, what's happening in our Alpha churches. I'm hearing nothing but good stories and plans for the future. The only negative I ever hear is the one common to many churches; that is encouraging/motivating/emboldening people in the congregations to invite.
But Alpha is still effective in introducing people to Jesus, and God is using it to bring many people into His Kingdom.
I'm here to represent Alpha at the CBWC (Canadian Baptists of Western Canada) Assembly, being held here at Westview Baptist in Calgary. This being Thursday, and just coming up to 11:00 AM, things have not officially started yet. I have just finished setting up our display, and already met one of my Alpha pastors, just walking through the door; Jeff Gullacher of Trinity Baptist, Sherwood Park.
Shaila Visser, Alpha Canada's National Director is also coming, and if I'm not mistaken, will have a bit of stage time. Shaila is a very effective speaker, a great champion for Alpha and a passionate supporter and encourager of local churches. After all, that is the whole purpose of Alpha - not to be in competition with local churches, but to give them the training and the tools to reach their communities for Christ.
I'm here until Saturday night (sorry if that sounds a bit like Henny Youngman) I'll let you know how it goes.
Update: Shaila gets a bit more than just "a bit" of stage time. Check the schedule at 6:45 Friday.