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FA Meeting Guidelines Handout


Meeting Guidelines

Meeting guidelines assist members and meetings in their service work and allow us to ask ourselves, “Does this practice support the newcomer?” The current Meeting Guidelines are categorized into several individual Documents. Created by the FA World Service Board, they have been fully vetted by members with long-term recovery and are intended as helpful suggestions.

  • Document 1: Meeting Requirements, Standards, Registration and Changes
    Please review annually to ensure that no matter where in the world one finds an FA meeting, one can readily recognize and find FA recovery in that room.
  • Document 2: Meeting Essentials
    Please review this document for meeting basics regarding set-up, sharing, cross-talk, religious neutrality, etc.
  • Document 3: Format Options for FA Meetings
    Please read this document to view principles regarding different types of meetings. Specific language is included for announcing sharing meetings, literature meetings, tools meetings, and FA Book meetings.
  • Document 4: Sample FA Meeting Format
    Please print a copy of the Sample FA Meeting Format. The June 2014 version includes several grammatical changes.
  • Document 5: Suggested Wording For Service Announcements
    Please review as needed to help keep meeting announcements to a minimum.
  • Document 6: Literature, Phone Lists, Speaker CDs
    Please review for important principles regarding these resources.
  • Document 7: Service Positions- Description of Responsibilities
    Please review as needed for best practices regarding service positions at meetings. Please print a copy of the Sample FA Meeting Business Agenda. The June 2014 version includes a section entitled, “Meeting Guidelines Review.”
  • Document 8: From A Traditions Perspective
    This is a document that will remain fluid: The Traditions Review Committee (TRC), in conjunction with the WSB, will add to this Document if questions arise that are best viewed through the lens of the Twelve Traditions. Please review and discuss as needed.