Worldview Matters®

Training Teachers, Parents and Students

Life's Dumb Without A Purpose

This video explains what we do  ─   and why. 

Our Mission

Making a difference in the way people live, by making a difference in the way people think.


Mission, Vision, Strategy


  • OUR MISSION: To re-direct the course of history by building a biblical view of work and human flourishing into the hearts and minds of elementary and secondary students who will approach their daily work (such as writing essays and taking out the garbage) as the very work of God, and continue this habit as adults writing books and running businesses.


  • OUR VISION: To see followers of Christ in all walks of life fully engaged in God's First Commission, that is, His directive for human beings to manage and steward the earth and all it contains, as revealed in Gen. 1:26-28, Psalm 8 and Matt. 6:10, for the glory of God and the benefit of all humanity. 


  • OUR STRATEGY: To equip parents and teachers to teach their own sons, daughter and students how to effectively engage in their daily work in a way that serves both God and the common good, through quality on-line resources, e-books, training workshops and personal coaching.


  • OUR MOTTO: Prayer changes history.

What We Believe About God and the Bible


  1. We believe in one eternal God, manifest in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-3, 18; 15:26; 17:11)
  2. We believe all things were created and continue to be sustained by God, who gives us our next breath. (Gen. 1; John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:3) 
  3. We believe God made human beings for the purpose of managing and stewarding the earth, and everything in it. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ps. 8; Matt. 6:10)
  4. We believe the Bible to be the  infallible Word of God and the universal standard of faith and conduct. (II Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; II Pet. 1:20-21) 
  5. We believe Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, was crucified, dead, buried, resurrected; that He ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, as fully God and man. He alone accomplished man's redemption through His sacrificial death on the cross. (Luke 1:30-35; I Cor. 15:3-5; Acts 1:9-11; John 3:16; I Pet. 1:3-5,8,9; Rom. 5:8-10) 
  6. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal joy of those who know and trust Christ, and the eternal separation from Him of those who don’t. We believe that the gift of eternal life is bestowed on every repentant person who trusts in the finished work of Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. (John 3:14-18; I Cor. 15:20-22; II Cor. 5:10, 14, 15; I Thess. 4:13-15) 
  7. We believe in the visible, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth. (Acts 1:9-11; I Thess. 4:13-17)  

Our Story

Our Beginning

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 Christian K-12 education.     


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 K-12 students, 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.   

Our Early Years

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 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 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 did 288 speaking engagements, reaching 22,375 people, for an average of 1,400 individuals per year.  


But Christian's extensive travels came to an end in 2016, due to a recurring problem with his inner ears, which was exacerbated through flying. 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® and currently engages Christian Overman.     

Our Future

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 be a fitting book for parents, too. With this in mind, we created a short course for parents of children age 8-18, called, "Working Wonders." This course is for small groups of parents and teachers, in Christian schools and churches, equipping them to equip their own children/students to work to the glory of God. For more on this, click here.

What Others Are Saying

People Who Have Received Training or Read Our Books

  • “…what I am learning in this course blows my mind and it´s changing my life. I have read and re-read both LifeWork and Assumptions over and over because I think they are very relevant to me, to my church and city.”  Javier Guerrero, Bogotá, Colombia   


  • “I just finished the Assumptions book and I want to thank you for writing it. It has truly been the most powerful material regarding worldview development that I have encountered in my relatively young 4 year career in Christian education. I consider your work a gift from the Lord.”  Christian School Principal in Texas    


  • “Here's what I love about your materials--for a teacher who is new to biblical worldview integration, your materials make it soooooo easy to implement in a great way that isn't just the typical, arbitrary ‘worldview lesson once a grading term.’” Teacher in Virginia  

 

  • “Your course has had a dynamic impact on my professional practice and most significantly, my entire life.” Cindy Mathisen, Assistant Principal, Lighthouse Christian School, Gig Harbor, WA 


  • “Dr. Overman does not spare any punches in telling it like it is concerning the devastating impact of secularized education upon our youth. But he does not stop merely in exposing the problem; he also offers a profound solution.”  John Morrison, Head of Schoo0l, Grace Christian, Staunton, VA 

  

  • Dr. Overman introduces the broad reaches of a philosophy of Christian education with much needed clarity. Any Christian school administrator or teacher would benefit from this content and its application to a school setting.”  Dean Ridder, Headmaster, Isaac Newton Christian Academy, Cedar Rapids, IA  

  

Leaders of Other Organizations

  • “…it is rare to find such a terrific worldview resource which helps Christians understand, interact in, and engage the real world of their everyday lives…Christian and Kathy Overman, and their ministry, Worldview Matters, and especially their seminar, God’s Pleasure At Work, does this.”  John Stonestreet, President, the Colson Center for Christian Worldview   


  • “I have had few people address the need of bringing a Biblical worldview to the foundations of education as well as Christian Overman.”  Darrow L. Miller, author of LifeWork, and Co-Founder of Disciple Nations Alliance  


  • “Every Christian needs to give careful heed to Overman’s prescription to bringing ‘wholeness’ to all of life and especially in how we educate future generations.” Glen Schultz, Director of Kingdom Education Ministries     


  • “Our organization has tremendously benefited from Dr. Overman’s mentorship.” Godfrey Kyazze, CEO of the Master’s Institute for Education, Uganda  


  • “…Dr. Christian Overman has been an important voice in Christian education through the training of teachers in the essentials of biblical integration.”  Daniel Egeler, President of the Association of Christian Schools International  


  • “I pray the Lord will continue to open every door for Worldview Matters to get your message to the massesthe need for what you are doing is greater today than ever.”  Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship Ministry  


  • “This is a dream come true for me…We are indeed creating the future here and I am glad to be part of it.”  Pastor Oladotun Reju, Chief Resource Person for the Center for Transformational Leadership, Jos City, Nigeria  


High School Students

  • "… I learned so much more than I could've imagined…I learned so much personally that I cannot wait to use in the future and share with others. I believe all Christians should read this book and soak in all the goodness just like our class did over the course of this year."    


  • "I really love how this book shows us that we should not look at life as sacred and secular, but rather everything that we do can either be for the glory of God or contrary to His will.”    


  • "I have learned many things about the nature of work, God's purpose for it, and how a Christian should view it. These lessons will not only serve me well in my future career, but shape how I go about the day-to-day tasks of the present."    


  • "I have learned so many things this semester in Theology of Work, but one of the most important to me is the fact that no matter what profession you choose, you can and should still use it to glorify God.” 


  •  "…[this material] truly gave a unique and important insight into work and a Christian's role in the community. Not only should they work for God's glory in the church, but they should strive to succeed and give full effort to their Monday to Saturday job as well. Even those who believe they cannot offer anything for the kingdom have an influence and ability to impact the people around them. The world looks at Christians expecting to see hypocrisy; it is our job to make them see Jesus in the way we serve, love, and work."  

  

  • "…I have benefited so much from this class. The Theology of Work materials have been very insightful and instructive. Dr. Overman delivers his points clearly, with accuracy to Scripture. I would highly recommend the Theology of Work material and class to everyone at [name of school]. I have also been greatly blessed by our classroom discussions...A semester well spent."  

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