Literacy Missions ministry reaches out into communities, meeting the literacy needs of adults, children, and youth while sharing the gospel and demonstrating the love of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Through Literacy Missions, Southern Baptist churches and associations have a way to reach out to their communities, meeting needs while sharing the good news of Jesus. Literacy Missions ministry changes lives, not just for individuals, but for whole families!

What we do

Have you ever felt called to the mission field? God is so great! Internationals are now here from all over the world! You can share the gospel with internationals in your own community while teaching English, through Literacy Missions ministry.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

(Matthew 28:19)

Why is mission through literacy important?

How many times a day do you use your ability to read? How often have you read your Bible, thanking God for teaching you something you did not know? There are adults in our communities who are functionally illiterate. There are also children and youth who have trouble with reading, as well as math and other school subjects. You can help an adult learn to read or you can tutor a struggling student, through Literacy Missions ministry!


“Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

Revelation 1:3


Workshops developed by the North American Mission Board are available to train volunteers for working in all three areas of Literacy Missions. In these workshops, you will learn not only how to teach students the needed concepts, but also how to organize a ministry and most importantly, how to share your faith with students while ministering to them.

We’ll cover subjects like:

  • Organizing a ministry
  • Using teaching materials and resources
  • Locating and placing students
  • Lesson planning
  • Understanding students’ needs
  • Sharing your faith with students

Currently Available Training Tracks

English as a Second Language

You’ll learn to share the Gospel while teaching internationals how to speak English. This workshop includes information about introducing new vocabulary, pronunciation, working with advanced students, and dealing with cultural misunderstandings.

Adult Reading and Writing

The Adult Reading and Writing training teaches you to share Christ while assisting adult English-speaking, low-level readers. This workshop includes information about teaching reading skills to adults using the Laubach Way to Reading and the Bible, and helping students with learning differences. An ARW ministry can be a powerful outreach for your church or association

Tutoring Children and Youth

You’ll help students build reading and other academic skills. This workshop includes information about helping with reading, writing, and math; and helping students who have learning differences.

Those who complete these trainings receive a certificate from the National Literacy Missions Partnership, through the North American Mission Board.*

Upcoming Workshops

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, when learning had to take place on devices from home rather than in regular classrooms, more students than ever need help catching up on reading and other school skills. A tutoring ministry can be a wonderful outreach into your community!

Tutoring Children and Youth (TCY) 11-Hour Workshop

June 17 5:00 pm – June 18 5:15 pm

Location: Mustang, First

Cost: $35

The Tutoring Children and Youth (TCY) 11-Hour Workshop equips local church volunteers to intentionally share the Gospel while helping children and youth who have academic needs in reading and other school subjects. These topics are covered, as well as others:
•  Sharing the Gospel and the Bible with students
• Organizing a church TCY ministry
• Helping with reading
• Helping with writing and math
• Planning tutoring sessions
• Helping with learning differences
The workshop will be led by Barbara Marlett and Cheryl Wilkinson, who have been trained through the National Literacy Missions Partnership (NLMP) and the North American Mission Board/Send Relief and are also experienced TCY ministry volunteers. 


The registration for this workshop will be capped at 18, and is first come, first served. Please register by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 14. The registration fee is $35 and includes a training manual.

For more information, contact Cheryl Wilkinson, Oklahoma Baptists Literacy Missions Coordinator, at 405-613-1513.

A list of Oklahoma Baptist Churches that offer Literacy and Tutoring Ministries can be downloaded here.