The "God's Pleasure At Work" Course

Who is this course for?

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.  

Why?

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! 

What 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. 

What's the game plan?

  • This course may be done as a church small group or Sunday School class, or by Christian schools, or by parents who want to help their sons and daughters to understand the meaning of work, or at work with a group of employees that desire to do business God's way.
  • The God's Pleasure At Work course may also be done as an individual, personal study. 
  • A complete step-by-step Facilitator's Guide is available for any leader taking a group through the course. 

What effort is required of me?

  • There is a 180-page e-text to read. Within this text are over 50 short video clips to view. There is also a hard copy, 48-page, full-color Participant Guide that accompanies the text.
  • To view sample chapters of the e-text, and to view some video clips, click here.
  • Practical application tools are presented throughout the course, that help to bring the concepts to life. These tools may be used personally, and may be taught to others, even young children. 

How do I get started?

  • If you are approaching this course as an individual, just purchase the God's Pleasure At Work Curriculum Kit [see below], and go for it!
  • If you want to get a small group going, you may recruit by sending a link to this 90-second video clip and to this introductory webpage. A Group Facilitator's Guide provides step-by-step instructions for leading a group. Click here.
  • To order the God's Pleasure At Work Curriculum Pack click here.  

the High School Course

What grade level?

Recommended for 10th and 11th grade.

What's the main thrust of the course?

An introduction to work, economics and human flourishing from a biblical perspective.

Is there a textbook?

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.

Comments from 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.”  
  • "…[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." 

What's the cost and how do I order the text and guide?

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

The WRAP

What?

"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. 

Why?

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

How?

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.

the "Increase Meaning" course

A College-level Distance Learning Course

"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.   

Benefits

  • Earn 5 university credits from Seattle Pacific University (this is optional).
  • Earn 10 CEUs approved by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
  • Fulfill the ACSI requirement for a course in Philosophy of Christian Education. 
  • Dramatically increase your skills as a Christian school teacher, and bring greater meaning and purpose to whatever your students are studying in school!

Syllabus and Registration

  • To view the course syllabus for 5 credits through Seattle Pacific University, click here.
  • To view the course syllabus without university credit, for a Certificate through Worldview Matters, approved for 10 CEUs through the Association of Christian Schools International and fulfilling the ACSI requirement for a Philosophy of Christian Education course, click here.
  • The current fee for the SPU credit option is $495 + $72 for books and materials, plus shipping costs. To register, see the SPU Syllabus (above) for instructions.
  • The current fee for the Worldview Matters® Certificate option without university credit is $270 (this includes books and materials), plus shipping costs. To register, use the Contact page of this website to let Worldview Matters® know of your interest. You will be contacted within 24 hours and provided with instructions on how to sign up for the course. 

Live Speaking Engagements

In Person or Real-Time Video Streaming

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

Topics, Themes and Formats

  • 1-hour, 1/2 day (3-hour), 1-day (6-hour) or 2-day (12-hour) in-service training workshops for Christian schools on the topic of biblical worldview contextualization, theology of work, and lesson planning, are available, approved by ACSI for 1 CEU per each 6-hours. Webinars tailored to the needs of your group are also available.  
  • Contact Worldview Matters via the Contact page of this website and let us know what you are considering. Christian Overman will be happy to personally discuss your needs with you to work out a customized plan for your school or organization. 

References and Fees

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. 

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