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.

See the Sound Visual Phonics

Visual Phonics is a multi-sensory tool that is helpful when used in any of these areas of Literacy Missions Ministry. Visual Phonics is a system of forty-five hand shapes and written symbols that look and feel like the sounds they represent. It helps students hear, see, and feel the sounds in our spoken language.

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

*Excluding See the Sound Visual Phonics

Upcoming Workshops

Literacy Missions Training Conference

Friday and Saturday, June 18-19, 2021

Live format for 11 hours of training in a choice of 3 training tracks: English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Reading and Writing (ARW), and Tutoring Children and Youth (TCY)


Baptist Building
3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK


$25.00, which includes a workshop manual.

There will be an extra $10 charge for those attending the ARW workshop, as there is an extra teaching book required.


  • Sign-in, 3:30-4:00
  • Conference, 4:00-8:30, including a 45-minute supper break on your own
  • Conference, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., including a 45-minute lunch break on your own

Registration Deadline

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Registration will be limited to allow for health safety precautions.

Another live training conference is being planned for August, 2021, to be held in the Tulsa metro area. It will include 2 training tracks- English as a Second Language (ESL) and Tutoring Children and Youth (TCY). Check back here at the website for information as it becomes available.
A Hybrid Workshop may be an option if you have a group of people in your church or association who are interested in either the English as a Second Language track or the Tutoring Children and Youth track. The Hybrid Workshop includes an online portion which each individual completes on his/her own by the designated course closure date, and then there is a 4-hour live portion which will be scheduled after that. The live portion may be conducted in person or by Zoom, whichever works best for the group and the trainer. Both the online and live portions must be completed in order to receive a certificate.
If you are interested in Hybrid training, you may contact Cheryl Wilkinson, Oklahoma Baptists Literacy Missions Coordinator, about scheduling dates that work for your group.

Phone: (405) 613-1513