“Starting a new meeting requires determination and work, but the reward of watching others find the ACA way of life is worth it.”
“There is great joy awaiting you to watch a frightened or foggy newcomer attend his or her first meeting and watch that person open up.”
“Registration of your group also allows your meeting to receive information from the ACA service structure, i.e., Intergroups, service committees, and WSO. Likewise, the registration gives you a channel to make your group conscience known to the ACA service structure. Registration confirms that your group is a Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions meeting. By following the Steps and Traditions our meetings have a consistency in message and purpose.”
If you checked the Meeting Searches: Map Search or the City and State search and were unable to locate a meeting nearby, you may wish to start an ACA meeting in your town.
FAQ how to start a meeting
Step by step guidelines for starting a meeting
Register a meeting
Helpful literature for a new meeting
Intergroups that are close to me that might help
Sample Meeting Format
Is there some guidance about being a healthy trusted servant?
I’m treasurer, what do I do?
How do we do business meetings?
Other than the Traditions is there something else we should know?
How can we make sure we’re a healthy group?
Is there something in depth we can read about crosstalk?
How do we let the public know we’re here?
We’d like to reach out in our community
When a person registers a meeting, s/he submits the registration form and agrees to the following: “In submitting this form, I certify the following to be true:“our ACA meeting agrees to follow the ACA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions to the best of our ability. Our ACA meeting is not affiliated with any outside organization or established religion. I am authorized to act on behalf of this ACA meeting in submitting this form, and that all the information provided is correct to the best of my knowledge.”
The Handbook portion of our fellowship text (p. 559) gives full assistance for starting a meeting including a format you can use to conduct a meeting.