“… he went to the home of Mary the mother of John whose name was Mark, where many were gathered for prayer.’’ Acts 12:12.
Elevation Church’s vision is, “To make greatness common”. We want to help everyone identify the inherent gifts in them and their ministries, and also empower them to serve God and humanity. Like Jesus said, anyone who wants to lead must be a servant to all. Greatness is about service to humanity as it is to God.
One of the ways core to our fulfilling our vision is Connect Groups. These are small groups where members build relationships and study God’s Word together. Patterned after the early church, Connect Groups are a great way to get plugged into Elevation Church as people connect better in circles than rows. Connect Groups are one of the expressions of church.
Elevation Church Lekki, has about 100 groups with more than 1200 people meeting each week. It is in these connect groups we introduced Alpha. Because Alpha has a proven record of success, we felt it would fit well in helping people in connect group discover and develop a relationship with Jesus. Help them mature as Christ followers.
We know that people have questions about their faith and God and that Alpha would present opportunities for them to ask. This is particularly helpful for the shy as they are more free to ask without judgment in small group settings.
We used The Alpha Film Series, a quality product with graphics, illustrations and stories that explain Bible truth brilliantly. The accompanying manuals further explained topics each week. There was also space for people to ask questions and share their thoughts with each session.
Dealing With Challenges
Our main challenge was getting groups who had no media facilities or equipment to use the Alpha Film Series. We managed to solve this problem by resorting to live talks. Leaders went through the videos and also used provided speaker notes in preparation to delivering the talks.
Going through Alpha has been wonderful for our Connect Groups. For some, it further reinforced what they had known already. Others gained clarity and a new understanding of the Christian faith.
All this has contributed to the maturity of all that have gone through the course, which is what we hoped for from the onset.
Without a doubt, the Alpha course has been a wonderful experience for us.
Pst Emmanuel Olajitan
Director of Small Groups.
(The Elevation Church)