Roots Writers and Social Media Critique Group

Turning Readers into Disciples and Believers

Who is the group open to?
Writers, Missionaries, and People who want to Use Social Media as a tool for missions, ages 16 and above. They must be believers. Believers are vetted out by each group leader. You must believe in and abide by our Statement of Beliefs in the charter.

James 3:1-5 says,

My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because we know that we teachers will be judged more strictly. 2 We all make mistakes often, but those who don’t make mistakes with their words have reached full maturity. Like a bridled horse, they can control themselves entirely. 3 When we bridle horses and put bits in their mouths to lead them wherever we want, we can control their whole bodies.4 Consider ships: They are so large that strong winds are needed to drive them. But pilots direct their ships wherever they want with a little rudder. 5 In the same way, even though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts wildly.

Roots believes that writers are leaders and teachers, and we want to help them get published, intending to make their readers into disciples and believers. We invite believing writers to bring a non-believing writer to church or another small group where the nonbeliever may learn about Jesus.

We offer our apologies to the nonbeliever who wishes to join. We love you, and can recommend some really good writers groups for you.

How Will You Help Me Get Published?
Once in a while, Roots may ask for donations from each member to retain a speaker from other writers groups to help us become better writers and critiquers. The group leader will acquire the speaker and set a date and find a place to have the speaker. Otherwise, Roots is primarily a place to improve our writing through perseverance, critiques, and fellowship through praying for one another. This is why it is free.

Your novel or book can be entirely critiqued in one year, based on an 80,000 wd. novel. Each month we will set a 6,670 word limit that you can get critiqued. You must be present for your work to be critiqued. This is also the reason we keep the group small. Meetings should not be longer than four hours.

It sounds like it’s mostly a writers group. How can I be helped as a missionary?
Roots encourages the use of the missionary letter to influence your partners in ministry to become active participants in worldwide missions. Your newsletter may be forwarded or shared. Not only can you share what God is doing in your ministry, but you can also get your letter critiqued, learn to write better, and get tech help, too.

I am not a writer. I just want to use Social Media for missions. How can this group help me?
With the world being mostly oral, you will learn how engage an audience by writing flash fiction or nonfiction, how to post better statuses, do graphics to tell a story, etc. If you simply come to critique, you will also learn a lot how to write online.

What do you not critique?
Erotica and romance books that have sex scenes, genres that are against what we believe. Anything in nonfiction that puts anyone on god-like status whose first name isn’t Jesus, or contradicts the Bible. We do not critique books that have an abundance of swearing.

How do we critique?
We talk about what we liked about your writing before we go into what needs to be changed. Our group is not unnecessarily harsh. We try to both encourage and help you become a better writer in your book and online. It’s open season. So come with prayer. We are here to help, not hinder.

Everything in the group is confidential.

Name: Roots Writers and Social Media Critique Group
Tagline: Turning Readers into Disciples and Believers

Verse: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

Project Leader: Sherry Rossman. Contact:

Nikole Hahn: silent partner

– Fiction

– Nonfiction

– Short Stories

– Devotionals

– Missionary Letters

– Blogs

– Newsletters

-Online Work


Membership: FREE

It’s tough to make a living nowadays. We created a group where writers, missionaries, and bloggers can come, find respite, and support as leaders and teachers in our community. We do not encourage marketing amongst the group, but will gladly help writers find a place to market their book. We are not your usual writers group. In fact, if you can afford it, we encourage people to attend the events offered at other writers groups for cross-networking and teaching.

Mission Statement:

Roots Writers and Social Media Critique Group is an ensemble of writers, of diverse genres and voices, that help each other return to the roots of their belief and why they write. We also help missionaries, bloggers, and social media users write better stories online to turn readers, partners, family, and friends into disciples. It is about accountability and encouragement for the journey. We believe writing and social media are powerful ways we can serve others.

How Our Group Works:

At Roots, we are set up as a small group; meeting in person and also online. Once our group reaches 14 people, we will encourage a leader to split off and begin another Roots group. We will help the new leader acquire his or her own group of people (without taking from the original group), promoting it through social media and listings. We will then close the original group to new members.

The new Roots group will use our logo and charter, setting his or her own limits on how many can join. The idea is to proliferate Roots to grow across the globe. To be listed as a Roots group on our project page requires an emailed testimony and phone call to the project leader and honoring the charter that you may print off and use as your own. The logo is free to use on any print or media if you start a Roots group in your own town.

Roots groups operate independently and are governed independently through the charter. Roots members must be a believer, agreeing with the following:

The Bible is the inspired, infallible word of God. The Bible is without error, and is the final authority of faith and practice.

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe Jesus is the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, resurrected bodily, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, to one day return in person.

We believe people receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus, gaining the right to be children of God.


The project leader and CMI are not responsible for what happens in the other Roots groups.

While Roots Groups operate independently, to be listed on our website as “endorsed,” the leaders must promise to abide by the charters guidelines in bringing in new members and keeping the group small. Leaders of Roots Groups who are listed on the website, must email a quarterly report to the project leader for the purpose of accountability and encouragement, bearing in mind that parts of the report that aren’t confidential will be blogged about on CMI to advertise your group.

Under 18 years of age: A parent must accompany you to the face-to-face meetings. 16 to 17 years of age cannot join the online group.

Note: You cannot use our charter or our logo if you are not listed on our website.

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Sherry Rossman, Leader

Sherry Rossman wrote children’s books before digging into genres for older audiences. The Relevant Christian Magazine and Wordsmith Journal Magazine have published her recent short stories. She has been a guest writer on numerous websites, including Christian eBooks Today. Recently, Sherry became the author of the YA bestseller Faith Seekers. She is bold when she feels there has been too much silence, and quiet when there’s too much noise. She lives in Northern Arizona with her husband and children.

Group Meetings:

(please contact leaders to confirm openings)

Prescott, Arizona

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We meet online every other month for critiques and face to face in between at Las Fuentes.  Email:

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