J.R. Briggs has three passions: to equip and invest in hungry kingdom leaders, to grow fruit on other people’s trees and to collaborate with others to create good kingdom mischief.In short, his calling is to help leaders get better.
With these passions in mind, he started Kairos Partnerships in 2011. Kairos Partnerships serves leaders – primarily faith leaders – through whole-life leadership coaching, consulting, speaking, teaching, equipping and writing.
Over the past 15 years, J.R. has had the privilege to serve in pastoral roles at mega-churches, church plants and house church networks and has preached in various settings to a wide variety of people, from high school and college students to the Vice President of the United States. He has served a wide variety of leaders (including pastors, church planters, business owners, attorneys, athletic directors, non-profit directors and the women’s disc golf national champion) in a variety of realms (including churches, non-profits, ministries, companies, businesses and denominations) in over 24 states and more than 40 different denominations.
He received his Masters of Missional Theology degree at Biblical Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Biblical, writing his doctoral thesis on the need for question-based leadership in the future of the Church in North America.
He also serves as adjunct professor in the Practical Theology department at Biblical Theological Seminary and serves as guest instructor at Friends University with the Apprentice Institute. He has guest lectured, taught and spoken at over a dozen colleges, universities and seminaries.
He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and serves as the Mid-Atlantic Coordinator and National Trainer for Fresh Expressions U.S. He also serves as an affiliate consultant with Credo Higher Ed Consulting and as Lead Coach for Rooted Leadership Solutions.
He is the author, co-author and/or contributor of nine books on a wide variety of topics, most of which seek to equip faith leaders for their health and flourishing. He has also published dozens of articles in publications including Christianity Today, the Huffington Post, American Bible Society, N.T. Wright Online, Relevant Magazine, Outreach Magazine and Faith & Leadership, among others (see full list here).
J.R. and his wife Megan have been married for over 17 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in the heart of Lansdale, PA in the greater Philadelphia area.