Ever Wonder… about A.A.’s Single Purpose?

It’s in there.  ⇓ The A.A. Group… Where It All Begins PDF

 Designed for easy reference, the pamphlet covers four main areas:

  • What an A.A. group is.
  • How a group functions.
  • Group relations with others in the community.
  • How the group fits into the structure of A.A. as a whole.

               A.A.’s Single Purpose

Tradition Five: Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

“There are those who predict that A.A. may well become a new spearhead for a spiritual awakening throughout the world. When our friends say these things, they are both generous and sincere. But we of A.A. must reflect that such a tribute and such a prophecy could well prove to be a heady drink for most of us — that is, if we really came to believe this to be the real purpose of A.A., and if we commenced to behave accordingly.

“Our Society, therefore, will prudently cleave to its single purpose: the carrying of the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Let us resist the proud assumption that since God has enabled us to do well in one area we are destined to be a channel of saving grace for everybody.”

A.A. co-founder Bill W., 1955

This pamphlet is designed as a handy information tool and suggested guide for an A.A. group. Pamphlet ID p-16 can be purchased from the Intergroup Central Office in Nanaimo.