From the May 2017 magazine.

Not sure yet

A past delegate shares how his group welcomes newcomers who don’t yet know if they belong

Recently, I facilitated an inventory at a home group where they were struggling with attracting newcomers. We came to realize that the attendance had started to drop when the members began addressing “problems other than alcohol” and “singleness of purpose” issues. At their meetings, the chairperson would question new attendees as to why they were there, and whether they were alcoholics. Admittedly, they were especially tough on court-ordered people who had a paper to be signed. While the meetings may have seemed more focused, the attendance fell so much that...

-- Terry E.

Louisiana, USA