Overcomers Outreach
Bridging the Gap Between 12 Step Groups
and Churches of all Denominations

Getting Along

From the Director – Overcomers Outreach groups are tradition based, so we think it timely to offer some study of the OO Group Traditions. We hope to provide a tradition per month, as we did with the steps.
The Traditions guide the group the same way the steps guide the individual. The Traditions can also guide the individual. Developed as a guide (not rules or law), they work best when practiced together, along with the 12 Steps. Each Tradition speaks to a spiritual principle, just as the steps do, and these principles are as valuable to individual relationships as they are to the group. If the group benefits so will the members, and vice versa. Groups may or may not survive without the Traditions, just as there are those who "get sober" without the steps, but the benefit of this guidance has been proven by years of practice.
  In an effort to increase understanding and usefulness of the traditions both in group and individual relationships, each tradition will be presented along with a principle and summary, a more detailed description which further explains the tradition, a discussion on personal application of principles to relationships, as outlined by that tradition, and how the group provides, through application, an opportunity for individuals to become productive participants of society and community.

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
Matthew 7:12


2020 OO World Conference
Feb 28, 29 2020
Grace Fellowship Genesis
1405 Seven Valleys Rd., York, PA

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1. “Our common welfare should come first. Personal recovery depends upon God’s grace and our willingness to get help.”

Unity – we place the common good ahead of personal desires (ours or others’)

Our common welfare is the existence of the group. If there is no group, there is no help. This suggests the need for regular attendance (“showing up”) in support of the group. It is by God’s grace in us that we achieve and maintain personal recovery. His grace works in and through us when we help and support one another. Our willingness to get help recognizes our continued need for His word and the encouragement of others, which leads us to continued participation in the group, avoiding doctrinal or other personal disputes for the good of the group.

The common welfare of groups is the existence of Overcomers Outreach as a whole. Just as individuals need to feel a part of the group, so groups should feel a part of Overcomers. Unity encourages groups to look beyond their own little worlds to the common needs of Overcomers worldwide. By working with other groups in the spirit of cooperation and support, we join together for our mutual well-being, ensuring that Overcomers will be there for others willing to get help. As we look beyond our individual and our own group’s interests, we see the common welfare of Overcomers should come first if we are to grow in unity.

A solid relationship with God is the foundation of unity in any personal relationship at home, work or everyday affairs. His will and guidance allows us to be more able to participate in healthy relationships. Unity requires cooperation, willingness, honesty, unselfishness, humility, and open-mindedness to be practiced on a personal basis. We honestly listen to others with open minds and share views with others. We become flexible when we stop insisting our own way is the only way.
Consider these questions:

  • Am I flexible?
  • Am I a giver or a taker?
  • Do I gossip?
  • Do I walk away when others begin to gossip?
  • Am I gentle with those that rub me the wrong way, or am I abrasive?
  • Am I quick to criticize? Slow to praise?
  • Am I as considerate of others as I want them to be of me?
  • Do I listen when others have something to say?
  • Am I a peacemaker or is it critical to my ego that I be right?
  • Am I patient and tolerant of those who offend me?

As the group observes the first tradition, individuals are introduced to the existence of a “common welfare” and soon learn the importance of placing the common good first. This is a key element of service to others. Seeds of humility, unselfishness and purpose are planted, and the concept of “unity” – being a part of something and sharing a common goal, begins to blossom.

 Service …
Service is a blessing whether given, received or shared. So many ways to serve, all too often we don’t even realize we are in service. Will Rogers said “We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Whether in the parade or watching it, we are part of the event, as long as we show up. Our obligation is to be available to others so that God may use us to help others, for His Glory. Jesus tells us: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” (Matthew 5:13). Salt preserves and enhances. Being of service to others enhances awareness of God’s blessings upon us, both for us and for those who are around us. All good is both from God and for God. His love, whether given, received or shared, results in service to Him.
Now let’s pray:

Father in heaven, we ask You now to show us how to serve Your good purpose. Guide and direct us to use the gifts You have given us to help one another, all for Your Glory. We give thanks to you, Father, for your love and all the blessings you pour out upon us to share with others. May we be transformed to servants in the likeness of Your Son. In Jesus’ precious name we pray for this,
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