With extensive experience in parish development, youth ministry and state school chaplaincy, Jonathan Sargeant works as Lay Education Officer for the Ministry Education Commission. A trained teacher, youth and children's worker and lay minister, he has been working with parishes and schools in education for more than 30 years. For his Masters he specialised in the intersection of faith and popular culture, as well as analysing curricula materials for religious education.
He co-authored the best-selling Religious Education Teachers Orientation Program for State Schools, as well as The Guide for Religious Education Teachers and The R2 Program, a professional development kit for RE teachers in Anglican Schools now widely used in Australia and New Zealand.
Most recently, he has created the FAISS Program, an intensive course in Anglicanism which he facilitates for Anglican Schools and agencies. An online version of that course is to be launched this year.
Christian education, faith formation, film and spirituality, cinema studies, youth, children's and families ministry, cultural analysis studies
Jonathan is doing doctoral research into cinematic depictions of God and what these may mean for public discourse about religion. How these depictions have developed historically and the ensuing implications for public discourse will be at the forefront of such research.
Jonathan has an ongoing interest in Australian cultures and the work of the church in engaging with them; both in listening to, and speaking with these cultures.