This video explains what we do ─ and why.
Worldview Matters® was founded in the year 2000 by Christian Overman and his wife Kathy, who were married in 1970 and now have four adult children and twelve grandchildren.
After serving as a Christian school principal for 14 years, Overman began giving workshops for training teachers on how the Christian worldview uniquely informs and guides the learning process from the earliest years through high school.
Christian Overman credits Dr. Albert E. Greene, Jr., author of Reclaiming the Future of Christian Education, for shaping much of his thinking in graduate school while earning his Masters of Education degree at Seattle Pacific University, with an emphasis on the Philosophy of Christian Education.
While a school principal, Overman wrote his first book, Assumptions that Affect Our Lives, which was published by Tyndale House in 1989, under the title, Different Windows.
Several years after establishing Worldview Matters®, Christian went back to school, at Bakke Graduate University, to study Theology of Work. At BGU, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree, but more importantly, Christian became increasingly motivated to bridge the gaps between biblical worldview, theology of work and education.
Dr. Overman later studied under Chuck Colson, in the Colson Fellows Program, where he was further encouraged to shape the course of human history by building a biblical view of work and human flourishing into the hearts and minds of the next generation, who would learn to approach their daily work (present and future) as the very work of God, engaging in God's First Commission to manage and steward the things of earth as image-bearers of God (Gen. 1:26-28), no matter what their age.
In the early years of Worldview Matters®, the primary focus was on helping Christian school teachers to grasp the uniqueness of the biblical worldview, and to more fully comprehend how the Christian worldview informed the mission and purpose of Christian education. During those formative years, a 6-hour training workshop called, Think Again!, was developed and frequently presented.
Christian Overman worked with Don Johnson, Superintendent of Cascade Christian Schools, to develop a training workshop called, Making the Connections, which focused on lesson plan designs incorporating the biblical worldview.
Later, as Dr. Overman's interest in theology of work increased, he expanded the Think Again! workshop to include an emphasis on the application of biblical worldview to work of all kinds, from learning to read, to writing essays, to learning lines for the school play, to doing the future work of building bridges and creating new computer software programs. This workshop is called, God's Pleasure At Work.
During the first 16 years of Worldview Matters® (2000-2016), Christian Overman presented live training workshops at schools and conferences across the United States, from Alaska to Florida, and California to New York, as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. During those years, Christian spoke to over 22,000 people, averaging some 1,400 individuals per year, mostly in groups of 50 or less.
Christian's extensive travels came to an end in 2016, due to a recurring problem with his inner ears, which was exacerbated through flight. This opened a door for the development of distance learning, e-texts, and coaching via the Internet, which has since shaped the direction of Worldview Matters®.
Worldview Matters® sees its future as developing distance learning courses, e-texts, and doing personalized coaching via the Internet.
The first venture into this electronic world was the development of a 5-credit, distance learning course for Seattle Pacific University, where Overman has served as an adjunct faculty member for many years. This course is titled, "Increase Meaning: A Wholistic Approach to Christian Education." A non-credit version of this course is available directly through Worldview Matters®. Details about both of these options are provided under the Training section of this website.
In 2018, the "Increase Meaning" distance learning course will be made available in Spanish. We will be actively seeking universities in South and Central America to include the "Increase Meaning" course (Spanish style) as part of their teacher-training programs. Very little training for Christian school teachers is currently available in Latin America. We will endeavor to fill this need as God directs.
Our second major venture into the electronic world was the development of an e-text for high school students, on the topic of applied biblical worldview and theology of work, titled, God's Pleasure At Work & The Difference One Life Can Make: An Introduction to Faith, Work and Purpose. This is an abbreviated version of the "Increase Meaning" on-line course mentioned above. It is written in language easily grasped by students in secondary school. For more about this text, click here.
After creating the high school text, we realized it would also be a fitting course for anyone who works, and could be used in many adult settings. With this in mind, we created the God's Pleasure At Work Facilitator's Guide for leading a group in a church setting, or a group of friends, or even a place of employment. For more on this option, click here.