Equipping the Church to be BOLD Outside its Walls


Hi, I’m Josh Hershberger, an attorney, minister and speaker. I equip church leaders and other committed Christians to be confident and effective in impacting their local communities and the public square (Mt. 5:16). The goal? Transforming those communities and the country through the power of the Gospel.


The church, as a movement of believers, once played a central role in the life of American cities and the nation as a whole. Of late, the church has largely withdrawn from and (to a lesser degree) been evicted from that role.

This is not a novel observation. Most church leaders and committed Christians I meet sense this and desire to change it. They want to have significant gospel impact in their communities and in the public square.

But, that’s easy to say and hard to do. 

It’s time to do the hard, smart work of serving our way back to the center of our cities, states and nation. It’s time to be BOLD outside our walls (Matt. 5:16). Here’s how:  


Step #1:

Overcome Common Obstacles

Identify and overcome the common obstacles that frustrate the Church’s impact.

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Master Key Skill Sets

Master three skills sets that are essential for having an outsized impact in your community and in public life.

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Step #3:

Maximize Your Impact

Maximize your influence and your Church’s impact by following a strategic and proven plan.

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Step #1:

Identify Your Calling

Identify or recover God’s unique calling on your life for this incredible moment in human history.

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Step #2:

Master 3 Skill Sets

Master three skill sets that are essential for impacting your community and the public sqaure in changing times.

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Step #3:

Maximize Your Impact

Connect your calling to your corner of the world and its deepest needs with an emphasis on gospel impact.

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We Can Help With…


We regularly speak at churches and at events on increasing the Church’s Gospel impact outside its walls.


We work with churches  to help them maximize their Gospel impact in their communities and in the public square.

Legal Partnerships

We partner with ministries so they can confidently focus on reaching their ministry goals.

Download an E-Book we’ve written for you.

The Bold Christian

Do you, as a committed Christian, want to make a significant difference in the life of your city or neighborhood? In this ebook, The Bold Christian, we’ll walk you through three steps to maximum Gospel impact in your community.

The Bold Church

Do you, as a church leader, want to maximize your influence and your church’s impact in your community? In this ebook, The Bold Church, we’ll walk you through three steps to maximum Gospel impact in your community.

The Latest

Here are our latest blog posts and podcast episodes:


Being Bold in the Bible Belt with Pastor Charles Moore

How can a church have significant impact in a community that is filled with churches? Further, how can an established/historic church maximize its impact in a community? In this episode, I discuss these questions with Pastor Charles Moore of First Baptist Church of...

How to Champion Civility in Your Community

The American Republic has always been a little, well, rowdy. However, our public discourse has, of late, become increasingly incendiary, and we appear to be headed toward a new tribalism. Most of us sense this. According to recent polling, approximately 70% of...

Navigating Zoning and Land Use Laws with Noel Sterett

Two forces are now colliding all the time all across the country. Force #1: Outwardly focused, growing churches are launching new building projects and entrepreneurial Christians are opening coffee shops (or similar venues) that double as worship space. Force...

Leading in Addiction Recovery with Pastor Scott Kollman

The drug crisis is wreaking socio-economic havoc from the holler to the high-rise. Stated differently, the drug problem is the greatest problem in most American cities. It affects families, crime rates, employers, public health and education (to name a few major...

Public Square Ministry with Pastor Ron Johnson

A few years ago, I came across an Indy Star (the major newspaper in Indianapolis, Indiana) article that featured statements by several lay Christians about the Gospel and the Christian sexual ethic. At a time when many Christians tripped over or muttered a response to...

Combating the Suicide Epidemic with Lt. Vinal Lee

More than half of the states in the U.S. have seen their suicide rates increase by 30% in the last two decades.1 This suicide epidemic is hitting home everywhere--from Mayberry to the metropolis. Even the Church is not exempt. For example, Pastor Andrew Stocklein of...

Why Your City Doesn’t Need Christians

Your city doesn't need Christians. Let me explain. Your city doesn't need Christians who just sit in pews or chairs on Sunday, amen at the right times and then leave their Christian "mask" at home on Monday morning. Your city doesn't need people who embrace a...

4 Steps to Having Good Fights

Conflict is a part of life and especially church life. But, in my experience as a former pastor's kid, a church leader and an attorney, Christians are spectacularly bad at handling conflict. If we are going to significantly impact our communities, we will have to...

Connecting with Community Leaders with Tim Lindsey II

Reaching out to the town hall for the first time can be intimidating. But, what if your "town hall" is in the form of a 28-story city-county building? That's a tall order! In this episode, Pastor Tim Lindsey II discusses the practical steps he took to connect with the...

Overcoming the Giant of Personal Autonomy

Many church leaders that I speak to express concern about a growing apathy in their congregatin toward spiritual things.This manifests in all sorts of ways. People don't prioritize church. People don't see the need to invest their time in the ministries of the church....

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Making Moral Sense of the Kavanaugh Controversy

Today, Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, are having their day in "court." At the writing of this article, Dr. Ford is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Brett Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify soon concerning Dr. Ford’s...

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