My Thoughts On The Business Stuff
What does all that boring business stuff I've been sending you from State Assembly and National Service Conference have to do with our home group meetings?
My own thoughts on the subject. As always, take the best and leave the rest
Tradition five says "Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the codependent who still suffers." In short, it costs money to carry the message. Home group meetings have to pay rent and buy literature. National rents a PO Box, pays a phone bill, maintains a Website, and pays a contract worker to conduct daily business like receive and acknowledge donations, mail information on request about CoDA, and register new meetings.
Also, somebody has to do the work of both carrying the message and supporting the infrastructure needed to do so. At the home group meeting, somebody facilitates the meeting, people show up and share their recovery during meetings, someone collects the 7th tradition donations, someone pays the rent, and someone orders literature. At National, people develop literature, people publish and distribute literature, people maintain the website, people update the meeting list, people answer e-mail, snail mail, and phone inquiries, people plan and put together Conference and Convention.
Finally, for all these people to work together as a team they need to know what to do and who's going to do what and how to do it, and that requires some structure. At the home group meeting we use a written format to guide the meeting. National has Bylaws, and the Fellowship Service Manual.
I admit that business meetings from Home Group to National do spend a lot of time figuring out what we're going to do, who's going to do it, and how are we going to pay for it. You know, business. But that's a part of getting the message to people who need it including ourselves. We call it service. We call it 12th Step work. The only way to keep it is to give it away, and that's our business in CoDA.
Thanks for letting me share.