"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works...." -Hebrews 10:24 ESV

Bartlett Christian Writers

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If you've read the FAQ's and our Statement of Faith and have further questions, please refer to the ACwriters website or contact us.


Membership Fees & Funds

Leadership Team

Website Moderators


  1. Where do you meet?

    New Hope Christian Church, 3300 Kirby Whitten Rd., Bartlett, TN. 

    When you walk in the front door facing the stairs, go to the left and down the hallway. Our room is on the right side just past the double doors.

    Please be understanding in case there are times our room may not be available.  I will have signs up to direct the way to the alternate room should that happen.

  2. What time?

    We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

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Membership Fees & Funds

  1. How much does it cost to join?

    Membership is FREE!

    However, we do take up a love offering during meetings with special guest speakers to help reimburse them for their gas, preparation expenses,  time, and expertise.

    Workshops and retreats may require a registration fee as well.

  2. Is BCW non-profit?

    Bartlett Christian Writers is not set up as a non-profit simply because we are not a large enough organization to pull in those kinds of funds. 

    Donations are not deductible. Donations go toward maintaining the group expenses for meetings and special events. Extra donations go into an author development fund to help writers, who can't afford it, attend special events.


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Membership Associations and Beliefs

  1. Is BCW a part of a larger organization?

    The newly elected Board has decided to opt out of our association with American Christian Writers.  Although this is a very worthwhile organization to be a part of, we feel in light of recent events and the fact that ACwriters no longer supports our demographic area for conferences, supporting them on a monthly basis is no longer advantageous to our efforts as a local writer's group. However, we do encourage all Christian writers and members of our group to join a professional writing organization such as ACwriters or ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). This will only serve to further your endeavors and help you reach your personal goals as a writer. 

  2. What is your statement of faith?

    Bartlett Christian Writers will keep to the same statement of faith as adopted from American Christian Writers. However, we are not currently a chapter of this organization. 

    Statement of Faith

    1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
    2. We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three Persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
    3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return in power and glory. 
    4. We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
    5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose Indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. 
    6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. 
    7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    "...And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." (Revelation 21:5)


  3. What is the BCW Mission Statement?

    Mission Statement

    The mission of Bartlett Christian Writers is two-fold:

    First, to create a place where Christian writers can be encouraged to share their talents with others and network safely with one another to further hone their skills.

    Secondly, that every Christian writer, who wishes to refine their work, will do so by cultivating mentoring relationships with a kindred spirit.

    Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  4. What is the purpose of having a Christian writers group in Bartlett?

    There is a need to have an organized Christian writers group on our side of town to service Lakeland, Arlington, Millington, Bartlett and Cordova areas. 

  5. Can non-Christian or writers of other religious affiliation attend?

    Yes, but be it understood that Bartlett Christian Writers is a Christian organization based upon Christian belief and structure. We will pray and take prayer request as well as speak openly about our faith in God. Your faith will be respected along with your mutual understanding and respect of our beliefs. 

  6. If I'm not Christian will you try to convert me?

    The purpose of this group is to learn about writing and not to push our religious beliefs upon each other.  However, if someone shows sincere interest as a seeker of faith and request more information, then we do reserve the right to share our faith privately outside our initial meeting time. 

  7. What type of writing content do you allow?

    We allow Christian-oriented along with all other religious and secular material within certain limits as listed below.

    Anyone who reads their material aloud must stay within Christian candor using respectful language with no sexual content including all types of sexual orientation, no political bent, bias, or opinion. No profanity. This is simply to prevent any offensive conflicts within the group and keeps our focus on the writing itself. 

    Most genres are accepted except erotica or similar graphic styles. Suspense horror and psychological thrillers are accepted, but no slashers, slayers, extreme violence or Freddie Kruger's please. 

    With respect, we ask that no LGBT material be shared out of courtesy to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts within the group. This is a highly political topic and hot button for many people of the Christian faith as you know. We appreciate your understanding. 

    Absolutely no Satanic religious worship or affiliated materials are accepted. This should be obvious, but I felt the need to clarify since Satanic worship is now considered a religion and recognized as such by our government. 

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Leadership Team

  1. Who are the Board Team Leaders

    The Leadership Team.is designated until they retire themselves. Our Team Leaders are core members and meet quarterly. They help make decisions regarding special events and projects as well as help coordinate set up and tear down. They can also lead meetings as needed. The Leadership Team may change members randomly as needed. 

    Current Board Leadership Team:

    Elizabeth Garrett - Team Lead – Leads most meetings or designates a leader. Coordinates all upcoming events and activities with the assistance of other Team members. Provides goals and agendas for special events. Provides all materials needed for all special events with the assistance of Team members. 

    Bonnie Harker – Secretary – Keeps track of donations. As a church member, she helps provide accessibility to the room and sets up for meetings. She also provides accountability with any and all donations coming in on a monthly basis with the help of other Team members when or if she can't be present to do so herself.

    Londa Hayden - Communications - Technical Support for Website, Email, and Media Communications. She also serves as a temporary backup Co-Team Lead to support Elizabeth Maynard Garret in her duties. 

    Jens Lodholm - Tech Guru - Jens provides technological assistance to our computer challenged community of writers. He is responsible for moderating, updating the website, and adding new members information and updating our email database.

    Jeri McBryde – Special Incentives – Provides incentives to motivate and encourage writers to write and submit their work. Sends cards to members who are ill or to encourage them. Provides name tags and sign-up sheet. Hostess with the mostest to coordinate food and snacks for brunches and special events.

    Lynn Uhrhammer Watson - Team Support - Helps with set up for meetings and special events. As a member of the church, Lynn serves as backup access to the building. She is also a published author who offers invaluable advice to our Board.

    Important Non-Board Leadership Team:

    Delores and Ed Jones - Chaplains - Provides opening and closing prayer. Handles all prayer requests from members. Provides spiritual accountability. Coordinates prayer support for all meetings and special events.

    Eric Rees - Host Site Sponsor - As a church Deacon, Eric sponsors our group, allowing us access to New Hope Christian Church for all monthly meetings.

    Howard Wolff - Team Support - Howie serves as added backup for access to the building as a church member. He also acts as a church laision to maintain church sponsorship, and he helps greet new members.

    All Leadership Team Members including non-Board members are extremely important in their own right. They are considered reliable and trustworthy to do the job on a volunteer basis. If you attend meetings on a regular basis and are interested in joining our Leadership Team, by all means, let us know. We can always use extra hands on deck. There is no high skill set required, only a passion to write, the desire to help others in the process, and a strong presence at most meetings. 

    Still Needing:

    We are in need of an Accountant or CPA to serve as treasurer. 

    We also need a promotional and marketing lead.

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Website Moderators

  1. Who are the Website Moderators?

    The Website Moderators will help keep this site running smoothly. They can monitor members and add updates to the site as needed. They are:

    Elizabeth Garrett

    Jeri McBryde

    Bonnie Harker

    Londa Hayden

    Jens Lodholm - Lead Moderator and Tech Assistant

    If you are having problems with the site itself, you will have to contact tech support at Webs.com. These moderators can only monitor and make changes to the site as needed. They do not help with website problems. 

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