It's for anyone who works, whether for pay or not for pay! It's for homemakers (making a home is hard work), high school students (school work is hard work), bankers, lawyers, carpenters, farmers... It's for people who want to bring meaning to whatever work they do.
Knowing how to work is a lost art these days, but knowing why we work is an even greater mystery! 87% of workers worldwide are either unhappy with their job, or they lack motivation to actively engage with it. This course brings meaning to any kind of work!
Yes, any kind of work (as long as it is ethical). God's Pleasure At Work is even for retired folk, because washing dishes and mowing the lawn is still work! This course applies to anyone who does work at home, at school, or in the community, for pay or not, from age 16 to 96.
Recommended for 10th and 11th grade.
An introduction to work, economics and human flourishing from a biblical perspective.
Yes, there is an e-book with over 50 video clips embedded throughout the text to make the learning experience more vivid and memorable. The text is called, God's Pleasure At Work & The Difference One Life Can Make.
This 180-page e-text (pdf format) comes with a 48-page, hard-copy, full-color Participant Guide, for reinforcing the main ideas and to for providing easy access to the course concepts for many years to come.
For more details about the text, including sample chapters and an independent review, click here.
The cost for the God's Pleasure At Work Curriculum Pack, including the 180-page God's Pleasure At Work e-text with over 50 video clips, 48-page (hard-copy) Participant Guide and 53-page (hard-copy) of The Lost Purpose for Learning is $35. To order, click here.
"WRAP" stands for: "Worklife Restoration and Advancement Project"
It is a 2-year commitment on the part of Christian schools to have the entire teaching staff trained in the fundamentals of biblical worldview and theology of work, with classroom applications and curriculum mapping at every grade level.
The WRAP gets down to "the DNA level" of Christian schools, where things like curriculum mapping are done, and "biblical worldview integration" happens in classrooms on a regular basis.
If students fail to see how academics fit into the bigger picture of a biblical worldview, including theology of work, they will tend to see the Bible as relevant to personal matters, or affairs of the church, but not relevant to business, law or civil service. Because of this, many will leave their faith at the workplace door as adults, and the world suffers for it.
Christian schools often see "biblical worldview integration" as a goal, but it is actually a means to a greater end. The WRAP clarifies that greater end. For more, read Dr. Overman's essay, The Lost Purpose for Learning.
For details about how the WRAP works, and the costs for various training options, click here.
School principals or superintendents wishing to speak directly with Christian Overman about the WRAP may go to the Contact page and request a phone or Skype appointment.
To read what teachers and principals participating in the WRAP have said, click here.
"Increase Meaning: A Wholistic Approach to Christian Education" is a college-level course done completely on-line. The 12 video lectures may be viewed at any time, so students progress at their own pace, but most people complete the course in 9 months.
This course was created specifically for teachers and administrators in Christian schools. Most participants in the WRAP program (described above) are trained through this distance learning course.
Participants explore how an understanding of the “bigger picture” of a biblical worldview brings greater meaning and purpose to student learning. They discover what "theology of work" is about, and how it invigorates Christian education.
Practical teaching tools are presented, including a mind mapping technique for incorporating the biblical worldview into lesson plans using a “Conversation Starter”; the “Truth and Baloney Detector” for developing critical thinking skills relative to worldview analysis; the “DADI Plan” tool for aligning biblical beliefs with daily work, and practical ways for making a robust theology of work an integral part of life.
Participants make presentations to students (any grade level), or to peers, or family members, using the various tools presented in this course.
In-person speaking engagements are possible in the Pacific Northwest only, within a 3-4 hour driving radius of Seattle, Washington. This is due to Dr. Overman's inability to fly since January, 2016, due to inner ear issues.
Live-streaming video speaking engagements are possible anywhere in the world with sufficient Internet capacity. Contact Worldview Matters® for more information about this option here.
For references, click here. See also the "What People Are Saying" section on the Home page.
For a partial list of past speaking engagements, click here.
Fees range from $200 for a 1-hour session, to $1,200 for a full-day training workshop (plus materials and travel expenses, when applicable). Contact Worldview Matters® through the Contact page to discuss the nature of what you have in mind.