Having never seen or participated in an Alpha course, the leaders can have a difficult time understanding the concepts. I think it can tend to be a bit abstract at times. To counteract that, I had about an hour and a half workshop time where we acted out a few different small group scenarios, talked about good questions vs. bad questions and practiced some of the techniques presented in the video.
I tried to focus a lot on the leaders answering their own/each others questions so that they will be better prepared to handle and think through the difficult situations once I've returned to the States. It went quite well and in the end they appeared to have a strong understanding of the concept and strategy of the small groups. Plus they had practice coming up with their own questions and reshaping them to help draw people out.
Next Saturday and I'm going to be spending more time talking about the administration of the course and how to best adapt it to each church's situation. I think it will be good and I hope people will leave ready to start their own Alpha course.
Thanks for your prayers. They were heard.