Service in ACA
“The purpose of service in ACA is to support one another in becoming responsible for our own well-being.” Service in ACA is based on “Action coming from love.”
“Our feelings of self-worth and adequacy start to grow as we successfully re-parent ourselves, and we begin to trust our ability to love and serve others. We give service just by being present to support and encourage other members of the program as they make the transition from frightened adult children to whole human beings who are capable of acting with the spontaneity of a child and the wisdom of a mature adult. This central concept underlies and supports all forms of service. …by uniting in service, we create a program for living which provides a sane alternative to the insanity of family alcoholism.” (Chapter 10, BRB)
Tradition Two – For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
Tradition Nine – ACA, as such ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible for those they serve.
Examples of Service in ACA
- Sponsorship / Fellow Traveler
- Group/Meeting (meeting set-up, greeter, secretary, chairperson, making coffee, etc)
- Intergroup (group representative, secretary, literature, hospitals & institutions, etc.)
- Region (representative, secretary, treasurer, trustee, etc)
- World Service Organization (ACA history/archives, correspondence, website, public service, etc)