AA Meetings: Suggested Formats for Early A.A. (Old School) Meetings Today

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


About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement. www.dickb.com
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