Group Inventory

There are a number of Group Support documents and help files on the website located here. One of the documents that your group might consider working through together on a yearly basis is the Group Inventory worksheet. This inventory can help to maintain the health of the group. In this post, we’ve provided the full text of the document, but you can also download it and save it as a PDF here.

OA Group Inventory

Use an entire meeting for an honest and fearless discussion of the group’s weaknesses
and strengths.

This inventory is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an inventory of the group as a whole;
Part 2 is a personal inventory of a member’s behavior in the group.

Part 1: Group Inventory*
1. Does the meeting start and end on time?
2. Are all attending, including newcomers, greeted and made to feel welcome and
3. Does the meeting focus on OA recovery through the Twelve Steps and Twelve
4. Do we offer our own experience, strength and hope, sharing the solution we have
5. Is the group contributing financially to all levels of OA service as per our Seventh
6. Are sponsors available and identified at the meeting?
7. Does the group practice anonymity by reminding members not to repeat who is seen
or what personal sharing is heard at a meeting?
8. Does the group follow a meeting format?
9. Is only OA-approved literature on display and for sale?
10. Are group conscience meetings held regularly?
11. Are all service positions filled, and is rotation of service practiced?
12. Is the meeting information readily available and the WSO informed of all meeting
details and changes so that newcomers and visitors can find our meeting?
13. Are cross talk and advice-giving avoided?

Part 2: Determine your part in the group
1. Do I make a point to welcome new members, talk with them, offer my phone
number? Do I sponsor new members?
2. Do I interrupt speakers or other members who are sharing?
3. Do I give my full attention to the speakers, the secretary and other group members?
4. Do I ever repeat anything personal I have heard at meetings or from another member?
5. Do I put pressure on the group to accept my ideas because I have been in the
Fellowship a long time?
6. Do I take part in meetings, or do I sit and listen?
7. Do I volunteer or willingly accept a group office (i.e., secretary, treasurer)? Do I offer
to help set up, clean, etc.?
8. Do I criticize others in the group or gossip about them?
9. Do I try to give advice?
10. Is it difficult for me to realize that my point of view may not always be the group
conscience? Can I accept disagreement?
11. Do I use the telephone to help myself and others, not just for complaints and gossip?12. Do I make it a point to speak with newcomers who are having a difficult time in the
program? Do I let them know they are welcome?
13. Do I monopolize the conversation and explain every tool, Tradition, etc.?
14. Do I feel no one can lead a meeting as well as I?
15. Do I go to meetings to learn instead of teach?
16. Do I cross-talk and cause meetings to go off on tangents?
17. Do I wait until announcement time to make proper OA announcements?
18. Do I have a topic so everyone can participate at meetings I chair?
19. Do I try to cause dissension?
20. Do I follow the meeting format completely?
21. Do I commit myself to the OA program?
22. Do I have a sponsor and work the Steps?
23. Do I give service promote group growth and benefit my own growth as well?
24. Am I only interested in my own welfare, or am I concerned for my fellow OA
members as well?

* Part 1 of this inventory is the same as the Strong Meeting Checklist.

Reprinted from Service, Traditions and Concepts Workshop Manual, © 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009

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