Alpha Recipe Deep Dive: Meal and Conversation

Don’t mess with the Alpha recipe. 

If you’re gearing up to run Alpha, I hope you’ve heard that message. It’s an important one. Don’t tinker with the Alpha recipe. Don’t think that your situation is “special” and people don’t need open conversation, time for a meal, or shallow-entry music, etc.

But why? What’s so special about a meal? About open conversation without “teaching”?

  • A meal is hospitality, plain and simple: whether catered or home-cooked it’s giving of one’s own resources to others, requiring nothing in return.
  • For many in the U.S., meals are inconvenient…a burden of time and coordination that seems a bridge too far for many or an implied pressure. By providing this, we’re giving nourishment beyond the physical.
  • A meal and conversation is credibility…it’s saying I’m willing to sacrifice time (something of peak value in our culture!) to simply be with you.
  • It’s face-to-face. It’s a level playing field. Many people, due to past hurts and barriers, will never experience the sanctuary or Mass this way [at least at first!]
  • Teaching says, “I know” (and you don’t). Conversation says, all of our experiences matter. And this isn’t fake. To God, all of our experiences do matter. God wants to gather up and redeem them all in Him!
Dinner party table decoration
by Elin via Flickr (https://flic.kr/p/8ZFQAR)
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One thought on “Alpha Recipe Deep Dive: Meal and Conversation

  1. Is it not funny that the little things that were taken for granted years ago, meant so much in the development of the individual. Supper with the family, taking something with you when you visit a friend. Sharing a meal , treats with your friends has a way of lowering all the walls we build during the day. I used to take breakfast pizza to the HCR purchasing department on Fridays we had some fascinating conversation it put everybody in a good place. God Bless

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