By Dan M.

Each month we focus on the Step, Tradition and Concept of the month, and provide a quote from Bill W. This is a quick and easy way to learn about these important pillars of the program.

Step Four

Made a searching and fearless and moral inventory of ourselves.

Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are.

It will be the first tangible evidence of our complete willingness to move forward.

– Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions pgs. 42, 54

Tradition Four 

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

There is authority enough, love enough, and punishment enough (from John Barleycorn), all without any human being clutching the handles of power.

– AA Comes of Age p. 106

Concept Four

Throughout our Conference structure, we ought to maintain at all responsible levels a traditional “Right of Participation,” taking care that each classification or group of our world servants shall be allowed a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge.

It was years before we saw that we could never put all authority in one group and virtually all responsibility in another and expect efficiency of operation, let alone real harmony.

We want an A.A. relation of brotherly partnership. 

-Twelve Concepts for World Service pgs. 17, 19