Equipping Christians to be Gospel-Centered Citizens


Hi, I’m Josh Hershberger, an attorney, minister and speaker. I started BCI to challenge and equip church leaders and other committed Christians to confidently live out the Gospel in public life. The goal? To transform our communities, states and nation through the power of the Gospel. 


Most church leaders and other committed Christians I meet desire to build relationships with their elected officials and impact the life of their city, state and nation with the Gospel. But, cultural pressure, partisan politics and culture warring have left many Christians and especially church leaders conflicted about their role in public life. 

They ask these questions: “Should we engage at all?,” “Haven’t we lost the culture war?” and “How can we engage elected officials and public life without jeopardizing the Gospel?”

I launched Bold Church Initiative to answer these questions and to equip church leaders and other committed Christians to faithfully and effectively engage public life in our post-Christian culture (Matt. 28:16-20; Matt. 5:16). 


Step #1:

Reimagine Your Role in Public Life

Think through the church’s four roles in public life and determine to live them out.

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Step #2:

Master Apologetics & Know the Law 

Stay current on cultural apologetics and legal standards so you can confidently impact public life.

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Build Relationships with Officials

Be intentional about praying for, meeting with and partnering with your elected officials.

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Step #4:

Impact Community Problems

Strategically identify and work with others to solve your community’s worst problems.

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Step #5:

Champion Biblical Solutions

Seek the common good in the public square by confidently promoting Biblical principles.

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We regularly speak at churches and at events on confidently living out the Gospel in public life.


We create resources to assist the church in impacting communities and the public square.

Legal Partnerships

We legally partner with ministries so they can confidently focus on impacting their communities.

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

The Good Citizen

Do you want to impact your community and engage in public life without jeopardizing the gospel? In this ebook, The Good Citizen, we’ll walk you through five practical steps to becoming a gospel-centered citizen in post-Christian America.


Here are our latest blog posts and podcast episodes:


#108 A New Vision for Church/State Partnerships with Senator Andy Zay

The church and the state are often seen as opponents, but what if they were partners? Now, before someone screams "separation of church and state," please note that I am a strong proponent of the institutional separation of church and state.. But, when it comes to...

#107 What are the Biblical Roles of Church and State? with Greg Baker

From the Old Testament prophets and kings to the current controversy over Trump's "court evangelicals" (such as Paula White), the relationship between the throne and the altar has always been a thorny and complex one--prone to misunderstanding and even abuse by one or...

#106 4 Steps to Gospel-Centered Citizenship in 2020

Elections, like Christmas, seem to be coming earlier and earlier each year (full disclosure, our Christmas tree was up two weeks ago). Though the 2020 general election is a little less than a year away, it is already front and center in public life. And, 2020 is...

#105 The Clearinghouse Model for Community Impact with Karla Whisenand and Saundra Box

Most church leaders and other committed Christians I meet want to serve and impact their community. And, most community leaders I meet recognize numerous needs and problems in the community. So, the problem is connecting the church's energy and resources to the...

#104 The Call to Public Life with Pastor Micah Beckwith

When most Christians think of the word "call" or "calling," they probably associate it with a call to preach or to church leadership such as Samuel's call to the priesthood in I Samuel 3. However, Scripture also speaks of another type of calling: a call to serve in...

#103 How to Start a Foster Care and Adoption Ministry with Suzy Roth

Most church leaders and other committed Christians recognize that (1) we are in the midst of the foster care crisis (fueled in part by the drug crisis) and that (2) we are called to minister to the fatherless in their affliction (James 1:27). But, how exactly should...

#102 Courage at UC Berkeley with Isabella Chow

Most orthodox Christian churches and institutions continue to wrestle with how to winsomely express Biblical teachings on sexuality and gender. In fact, one Missouri church recently discovered that even a winsome and loving sermon on the Christian sexual ethic and...

#101 First: 5 Lessons from Adoniram and Ann Judson

They are considered America's first foreign missionaries; and, their story of dedication, sacrifice, adventure and triumph is one for the ages. Here are 5 lessons from the lives of Adoniram and Ann Judson: Surrender is CompleteScripture is Your CompassSuffering will...

#100 Addiction Recovery with Mayor Mike Ochs, Pastor Caleb Reynolds and Pastor Kent Stroud

It sounds like the start of a bad joke... a Baptist minister, a Wesleyan minister and a Nazarene minister all walked into city hall. But, the gospel impact these pastors are making in North Vernon, Indiana is no laughing matter. I was recently invited to attend a time...

#99 Keys to Gospel-Centered Citizenship with John Stonestreet

I recently had the opportunity to interview John Stonestreet, the President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, about gospel-centered citizenship in post-Christian America. If you are unfamiliar with John's work and especially the Breakpoint podcast, he is a...

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A Dumb Game of Chicken

A Dumb Game of Chicken

 You are probably familiar with a game called chicken, in which two people drive straight at each other. If one of them swerves before the other, that person is called a chicken. If neither swerves, both cars will simply crash into each other. My take on the game...

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A Double Take on Wedding Cakes

A Double Take on Wedding Cakes

When the Masterpiece Cakeshop case first developed in 2012 and when similar claims arose from florists and other creative professionals around the country (including the 111 Cakery in my home state of Indiana), broader culture responded with white-hot indignation and...

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