The Sacred Overlap — Conscious Community Segment with J.R. Briggs

Nov 4, 2020

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 who want to 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.

For more than 15 years, J.R. has had the privilege to serve in pastoral roles at mega-churches, church plants and house church networks. Since starting Kairos Partnerships, he has invested in pastors and church leaders from 24 states and more than 40 different denominations. In addition to pastors, he has also invested in a wide variety of leaders, including college students, pastors, U.S. Olympic athletes, church planters, college administrators, attorneys, business owners, seminary students and the Vice President of the United States.

He received his Masters of Missional Theology degree at Biblical Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Missio Seminary, writing his doctoral thesis on the need for question-based leadership in the future of the Church in North America. He also serves as an affiliate professor in the Practical Theology Department at Missio 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 is the author, co-author and/or contributor of at least ten 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 across the country. J.R. and his wife Megan have been married for over 17 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in Lansdale, PA in the greater Philadelphia area.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The motivation behind the writing of Dr. Briggs’ latest book.
  • Adoption of more fundamentalist approaches to religion and the reasons for this.
  • Understanding Jesus’ place as man and God; defining the ‘sacred overlap’.
  • The divisive season of the current political and societal landscape.
  • Balancing the different sides of Christianity; aiming for a good level of peculiarity.
  • The five sacred practices that Dr. Briggs speaks about and the inclusion of marriage.
  • Dr. Briggs’ experiences with implementing these practices in his own life.
  • The most helpful ways to communicate one’s faith in a modern context.
  • Comparing the role of a disciple with the idea of being a Christian.
  • Dr. Briggs’ work in the business community and beyond — keeping the focus on people.
  • The place of joy in our lives and situating it in the different parts of ourselves and our practices.
  • Connecting with Dr. Briggs and making use of the amazing services he offers.



“We also need to enter into the practice of marriage, and I think in some ways that can be most difficult or something we take for granted the most.” — @jr_briggs [0:20:41]

“If you can explain the why in a clear, convicting, and compelling way to other people, then they’ll be willing to do the what.” — @jr_briggs [0:23:46]


Facebook Posts:

“One of the things I found is that Jesus actually lives in a ‘both and’ reality more than I imagined.” — Dr. J.R. Briggs [0:06:19]

“We need to practice and believe at the same time, that even when my belief feels weak and I’m doubting, by the fact of practicing it, my body needs to be in it.” — Dr. J.R. Briggs [0:24:49]


Additional Resources:




The Sacred Overlap:

Monday Morning Pastor Podcast:

Resilient Leaders Podcast:


Links Mentioned:

Dr. Allan Schore:

David Brooks:

Jim Wilder:


Sharon Spano: