Meeting / Service Tools
NOTE: You can select "File" then "Make a Copy" to get an editable version of some docs below.
- Service Position Descriptions—Meetings use the group conscience process to decide which service positions to have and the duties of each position. The linked document shares an example of one meeting's service position descriptions. It uses CoDA World suggestions for position lengths.
- No-Crosstalk Rules— Each meeting defines crosstalk for themselves through the group conscience process. The linked document serves as an example of how one meeting defines crosstalk. CoDA literature including Experiences with Crosstalk and the Newcomers Handbook (“right of every member” quote on p.19) can be helpful.
- Group Conscious— Group Conscious, or GC, means the collective conscience of the group. When a change in the meeting is requested, the group comes to substantial unanimity before definitive action is taken. "This is achieved by the group members through the sharing of full information, individual points of view, and the practice of CoDA’s principles. A group conscience... is a simple majority." -FSM Glossary
- Group Conscious Process— To start a GC, a member makes a motion, often in writing to the Secretary, sometimes in the moment aloud to the group. Each group decides their own process, but "anyone may ask for a group conscience at any time during a CoDA meeting, if and when immediate attention is needed to ensure the safety of an individual or the group, or to uphold the CoDA Traditions." More info in Group Conscience Process, p. 20 of Fellowship Service Manual Part 1
- Business Meetings— Some groups hold monthly Business Meetings to decide what literature to buy, make script changes, etc. Some meetings have Business Meetings only when motions are made. Hearing upcoming motions in advance can allow members time to meditate and seek guidance from their Higher power. Business meetings use the group conscience process where every member has a voice and a vote, regardless of time in program or service position. This honors Tradition Two. Meetings can decide their own business meeting's format. Examples of two different business meeting formats are here and here.
- 7th Tradition Disbursement Form— LA CoDA suggests distributing monies above the prudent reserve in the following way: 50% to LA CoDA (our Intergroup), 20% to SoCal (our Voting Entity), and 30% to CoDA, Inc. (World). We are reminded that a prudent reserve is the maximum money a group holds onto, not the minimum, lest problems of money divert us from our primary spiritual aim. Groups usually send disbursements on a monthly or quarterly basis, after rent and all other expenses are paid. A record of donations received by the LA CoDA Treasurer can be found here.
- Lead Speakers— Interested in being a speaker or having one at your meeting? Speakers need to have 6 months in program. There is a contact list of willing speakers. To join the speakers list or get a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Group Conscience Log— Tracks past and current motions, usually kept in the secretary’s binder. It is available for any member to reference the meeting’s group consciences, to keep the meeting and its trusted servants accountable, and to free the meeting from dependence upon the memory of one or two oldtimers.
- Group Inventory— Can be helpful for identifying areas for improvement or for checking in. Best done in small chunks, for example: 5 questions in 30 minutes after the meeting every other week or 2 questions in 10 minutes before the meeting every week.
Service work is not a replacement for working a good CoDA recovery program. It is, instead, only a part of working that program.
Fellowship Service Manual, Part 1 pg.5