Friday, October 29, 2021

Dr. JR Briggs

J.R. Briggs, Author at Fresh Expressions US

Dr. J.R. Briggs possesses four passions: Following Jesus, equipping and investing in hungry kingdom leaders, growing fruit on other people’s trees, and creating good kingdom mischief. In short, his calling is to partner with people who are called to follow Jesus while they lead others. 

In 2011 he started Kairos Partnerships, an organization committed to serving hungry kingdom leaders through leadership coaching, consulting, speaking, teaching, equipping and writing.

For more than 15 years, J.R. served in pastoral roles in mega-churches, church plants and house church networks. Since starting Kairos Partnerships, he has served and invested in pastors and kingdom leaders in over 40 denominations throughout North America. 

In addition to pastors and church planters, he has also invested in a wide variety of leaders, including business owners, U.S. Olympic athletes, business owners, university administrators, non-profit directors, athletic directors, and attorneys.He is an affiliate faculty member in practical theology at Missio Seminary and guest instructor at Friends University in the Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation program. He has guest lectured, taught and spoken at over a dozen colleges, universities, and seminaries around the U.S

He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and as a National Trainer and Strategist for Fresh Expressions U.S

He has written, co-written or contributed to eleven books on a wide variety of topics. His most recent book is The Sacred Overlap: Learning to Live Faithfully in the Space Between (Zondervan) He has also published articles in Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Preaching Today, American Bible Society, N.T. Wright Online, Missio Alliance, and Relevant Magazine, among others (see full list here).

He co-hosts the Monday Morning Pastor, a weekly podcast created to provide space for kingdom leaders to talk about ministry and leadership in raw and hope-filled ways, and hosts the Resilient Leaders podcast, a twice-weekly podcast equipping leaders to grow in their resilience in the new reality. 

He serves on the Board of Directors with Jerusalem University College and the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Bible Reading

J.R. and his wife Megan have been married for over 19 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in Lansdale, PA in the greater Philadelphia area.

Reflection Questions: When you first heard the phrase ‘becoming an everyday mystic’ what did you think of? And how did your understanding of it change by the end of chapel? What excitement do you have about leaning into being an everyday mystic? What hesitations or concerns do you have? What are the burning bushes that might be ablaze all around you right now? What one small practical steps could you take to help you pay attention and lean in further to those burning bushes today?

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