S-Anon’s Twelve Concepts of Service illustrate that Twelfth Step work can be accomplished on a broad scale. The Concepts are guidelines for the World Service Office staff, the Board of Trustees, standing committees, and World Service Conference members to relate to each other and to groups.
- The ultimate responsibility and authority for S-Anon world services belongs to the S-Anon groups.
- The S-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 the S-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 an Executive Director and staff members.
- The spiritual foundation for S-Anon’s world services is contained in the General Warranties of the Conference, Article 12 of the Charter.
The General Warranties of the Conference
In all its proceedings the World Service Conference of S-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 S-Anon, it shall never perform any act of government; and like the fellowship of S-Anon which it serves, it shall always remain democratic in thought and action.
(The Twelve Concepts of Service reprinted and adapted with permission of Al-Anon World Services, Inc. Permission to reprint and adapt the Concepts does not imply that Al-Anon is affiliated with this program. Al-Anon is a program of recovery from the effects of alcoholism. Use of this material in conjunction with programs which are patterned after Al-Anon, but which address other problems, does not imply otherwise.)
S-Anon’s Twelve Concepts of Service were formally adopted and approved at the first annual S-Anon World Service Conference January, 2004.