AA’s Forgotten Beginning — The Alcoholics Anonymous “Beginners’ Classes”
Studying the Steps is not the same as taking the Steps. In the “Beginners’ Classes” you take the steps.
The Big Book says, “Here are the steps we took” not “here are the steps we read and talked about.”
The AA pioneers proved that action, not knowledge, produced the spiritual awakening that resulted in recovery from alcoholism.
On page 88, the authors of the Big Book wrote,
“It works-it really does. We alcoholics are
undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined.
But this is not all.
There is action and more action. Faith without works is dead.”
AA Beginners Classes Back To Basic Talk pdf
Beginners’ Meetings in which we take all Twelve Steps in four one-hour sessions.
The primary objective of the Beginners’ Meetings is to provide the REAL ALCOHOLIC with a meeting format that are historically accurate and replicate those conducted in the 1940’and 1950’s when A.A. experienced a 50-75% recovery rate from alcoholism.
For the most part, this format have been lost to the AA fellowship.
From the book, ‘AA Comes of Age’, “But in the face of many hundreds of pleas for help, the supply of elders could not possibly match the demand.
Brand-new AA’s, sober only a month or even a week, had to sponsor alcoholics still drying up in hospitals.”
Because of this rapid growth in Cleveland, the idea of formalized classes started.