J.R. Briggs serves as Cultural Cultivator of The Renew Community a Jesus community for skeptics and dreamers in Lansdale, PA – a suburb of Philadelphia, which he helped start. He is the founder and director of Kairos Partnerships an initiative that partners with leaders, pastors and church planters during significant kairos moments in ministry. As part of his time with Kairos Partnerships, he serves on staff with The Ecclesia Network and Fresh Expressions U.S. In addition to these responsibilities he speaks regularly, writes, coaches pastors and church planters and consults with Christian colleges, non-profits, mission agencies, churches and other Christian organizations.

He also oversees the Renew Apprenticeship Program, a year-long experiential program that equips, trains and teaches young leaders and pastors to become effective and faithful church planters for contextual ministry in the 21st century.

He is the creator and curator of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, which helps pastors embrace failure and grow to see failure as an invitation to growth and an opportunity for grace and healing, instead of shame.

He is the author of Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure (IVP, 2014) and is completing another project called Eldership and the Mission of God (co-written with Bob Hyatt) to be released January 2015 with InterVarsity Press.

J.R. and his wife Megan have two sons, Carter and Bennett along with two pet goldfish Gus and Gretta. They live in the heart of gritty Lansdale, PA.



B.A. Christian Education (Taylor University, Upland, IN)

B.A. Biblical Literature (Taylor University, Upland, IN)

Certificate of Youth Ministry (Taylor University, Upland, IN)

Undergraduate studies at Jerusalem University College (Jerusalem, Israel)

M.A. Missional Theology (Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA)


Books Written:

Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure (IVP)

Eldership and the Mission of God with Bob Hyatt (scheduled for publication January 2015, IVP)

When God Says Jump: Biblical Stories to Inspire You To Risk Big (NavPress/TH1NK)

Redefining Life for Men (NavPress/TH1NK)

The Message // Remix: Solo with Eugene Peterson (NavPress)

What We Want To Say to Grads (contributor) (David C. Cook)

Viral Hope: Good News from the Urbs to the Burbs (and everything in between) (contributor) (Ecclesia Press)


Articles Written in the Following Publications:

Christianity Today

Discipleship Journal


Out of Ur (online)

Relevant Magazine

Pray! Magazine

Rev. Magazine

Taylor University Alumni Magazine


Twitter: @jrbriggs


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