Welcome to the Growing the Fellowship (GTF) Committee Webpage
The key roles of the GTF committee are to:
- Provide support to existing RCA groups who want to grow their fellowship
- Support couples who want to start a new RCA meeting
- Reach out to the public about RCA
- Respond to inquiries from professionals who want to learn more about RCA
- Respond to media questions or interview requests
RCA Step 12 states “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to other couples, and to practice these principles in all aspects of our lives, our relationship, and our families”.
Growing the Fellowship begins at home. Our RCA groups are only as strong as the commitment of each couple to each other and to the fellowship. To find out how you can grow your group by reaching out and inviting couples in your community to a life changing experience Click here. This excellent article was published in the Winter 2014 edition of the RCA Hand in Hand newsletter.
RCA Growing the Fellowship
Why Should Each Couple Contribute to Growing the RCA Fellowship?
- To build awareness in their local community of what RCA is, and how RCA can be used as a viable couple’s recovery tool.
- To increase the number of new groups in the U.S., Canada and other countries.
- To assist couples in finding help and hope in every community, whether at home or when travelling.
- To grow and develop in our own recovery: Step Twelve asks us to carry the RCA message of hope to other couples who are still suffering.
Suggested Activities for Growing the RCA Fellowship:
- Reach out to the local professional community, such as addiction and marriage therapists and counselors.
- Reach out to the local clergy.
- Provide literature/exhibits/speakers at wellness/health fairs and appropriate community events.
- Plan a flyer/poster campaign. They can be placed in public places, such as 12-step clubs and recovery homes, churches and synagogues, hospitals and medical buildings, community centers and libraries (where permitted).
- Stamp literature with the RCA website address and/or a local contact phone number and/or meeting time and place.
- Check with tapers of speakers at recovery conventions and workshops about placing RCA CDs and literature at their table.
- Where appropriate, mention that you and your partner participate in a 12-step couples’ recovery program while sharing at your individual 12-step meeting.
- Conduct a potluck dinner/panel discussion at a local 12-step club or church, and invite members of other 12-step programs.
Resources and Service Tools for Growing the RCA Fellowship:
- The RCA Merchandise Committee has developed two different outreach packets that can be made available at your request: “
- Reaching out to Professionals” and “Reaching out to Recovering People”.
Reaching out to professionals
- 3rd edition Blue Book, letter to the professionals, the “Recovering Couples Anonymous Who Are We?” pamphlet, RCA website address and/or a local contact that is willing to answer questions.
- The International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) website has an available directory of members on its website that local groups can use for contacts.
- Email a letter to local professionals. A draft letter is available on the RCA website under the tab “For Professionals.”
Reaching out to recovering people
- 3rd edition Blue Book, pamphlet “Is RCA for you?” and other RCA pamphlets, information about your local meeting and/or a flyer that includes meeting information.
- More ideas are available in the RCA pamphlet “Suggested Guidelines for Media Relations and Public Information,” which is available through the RCA virtual office coordinator.
REMEMBER: Reaching out to your community need not be complicated or time consuming. Work with other couples. Consider an outreach service position in your local RCA group. We need never do anything alone in RCA!
Growing the Fellowship Committee Records