Saturday, June 23, 2012

Old School A.A. Meetings Today: How to Do It!

Where can I find helpful suggestions for an old school AA Christian recovery meeting content?

A question tendered to us with more and more frequency as the Christian Recovery Movement Roars Forward

Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

Though many of those contacting us more and more are interested in old school A.A., are devoted Christians, and are enthusiastic about A.A., they have often felt that they are not  qualified, not well enough versed, or are not able to lead such an effort. In fact, they will very often opt for existing A.A. language than endeavor to grasp the new objectives (report how old school A.A. was actually conducted with great success as a Christian Fellowship; review how much our present-day conference-approved literature actually supports an old school approach by those who want God’s help; and show how old school A.A. can be conducted in harmony with present-day Traditions, language, and manner of presentation and allow Christians and those wanting God’s help the freedom to do what early A.A. Christians did, and get what they got—long-term sobriety plus a new life in Christ assuring them the choice of God’s love, power, forgiveness, healing, deliverance, redemption, and guidance enabling them to walk by the spirit and receive the fruit of the spirit)

Here, then, is the road we suggest be traveled

1. Stick with the Winners! How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-Approved Literature. The first part of chapter one (including the footnotes), and especially chapter seven, cover meeting formats. See especially the free articles available online and the books listed on page 81--such as By the Power of God: A Guide to Early A.A. Groups & Forming Similar Groups Today (especially Chapter 12: "Guides for Groups Direct from A.A.'s Pioneers")

2. The "Stick with the Winners!" video class. See especially these videos:

18 Organizing and Conducting a “Conference-Approved Literature” Group

 19 Resources for Your Group and Its Meetings

 20 Topics for Your Group and Its Meetings

 21 A Sample Meeting Format

 22 Using the Sample Meeting Format with Other Topics

 23 Putting It All Together: Some Suggested Basic Approaches

3. The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. See especially these chapters:

Chapter 8:  The Highly-Successful, Original Akron A.A. Program, as Summarized by Frank Amos and Quoted in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers.

Chapter 9:  14 Specific Practices Associated with the Original Akron A.A

            "Christian Fellowship" Program Bill W. and Dr. Bob Developed

 Chapter 13: Helping the Newcomer with a Full Set of Spiritual Tools

 Chapter 14: Some Suggested Tools with Which to Arm the Nestling about to Be

 Flung out of the Nest

 Chapter 15: Helping a Christian to Begin Recovery Today

No comments: