The Twelve Concepts of Service
The Twelve Concepts are guides for service. They show how Twelfth Step work can be done on a broad scale and how members of a World Service Office can relate to each other and to the groups, through a World Service Conference, to spread Al-Anon's message worldwide.
- The Ultimate Responsibility and Authority for Al-Anon World Services Belongs to the Al-Anon Groups.
- The Al-Anon Family Groups Have Delegated Complete Administrative and Operational Authority to their Conference and its Service Arms.
- The Right of Decision Makes Effective Leadership Possible.
- Participation is the Key to Harmony.
- The Rights of Appeal and Petition Protect Minorities and Assure That They Be Heard.
- The Conference Acknowledges the Primary Administrative Responsibility of the Trustees.
- The Trustees have Legal Rights While the Rights of the Conference are Traditional.
- The Board of Trustees Delegates Full Authority for Routine Management of Al-Anon Headquarters to its Executive Committees.
- Good Personal Leadership at All Service Levels is a Necessity. In the Field of World Service the Board of Trustees Assumes the Primary Leadership.
- Service Responsibility is Balanced by Carefully Defined Service Authority and Double-Headed Management is Avoided.
- The World Service Office is Composed of Selected Committees, Executives and Staff Members.
- The Spiritual Foundation for Al-Anon's World Services is Contained in the General Warranties of the Conference, Article 12 of the Charter.
In all proceedings the World Service Conference of Al-Anon shall observe the spirit of the Traditions:
- That only sufficient operating funds, including an ample reserve, be its prudent financial principle;
- That no Conference member shall be placed in unqualified authority over other members;
- That all decisions be reached by discussion vote and whenever possible, by unanimity;
- That no Conference action ever be personally punitive or an incitement to public controversy;
- That though the Conference serves Al-Anon, it shall never perform any act of government; and that, like the fellowship of Al-Anon Family Groups which it serves, it shall always remain democratic in thought and action.
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