Equipping church leaders and other committed Christians to maximize their gospel impact in local communities and the public square.

Hi, I’m Josh Hershberger, an attorney, minister and speaker. I equip and encourage church leaders and other committed Christians to strategically impact their communities and to confidently navigate public life.


Every church leader I’ve met desires to lead an outwardly focused church that is having significant Gospel impact in its community. And, every committed Christian I’ve met wants to make a key difference in her or his sphere of influence. But, that’s easy to say and hard to do. There are several complex obstacles (both internal and external) that frustrate church leaders and Christians and prevent them from having this kind of impact.

Further, every church leader and committed Christian I’ve met expresses concern about religious freedom and the future of the United States. They want to see religious liberty and the American republic preserved for future generations. But, “culture warring,” uncertainty about the biblical role of the church (as a movement of believers) in public life and the heated nature of our public discourse leave many church leaders and committed Christians with big questions about the intersection of faith and public life.

It’s time to think through these complex problems and 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. 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.
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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 city.

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:

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....

Connecting the Gospel and Public Life with Senator John Crane

Every church leader I've met wants to make a real, meaningful difference in his or her community, and we (at BCI) are focusing our resources on helping churches do just that. With that in mind, I have to point out that the "Big C" Church seems to be taking a less than...

Planting a Bold Church with Matthew Sims

Church planters have a unique opportunity to take the "heartbeat" of their community and to build an outwardly focused ministry that has significant spiritual impact in their community. Pastor Matthew Sims is a great example of just such a church planter. Pastor Sims...
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Why Worldview Isn’t Enough

Christian philosopher and apologist Francis Schaeffer popularized the idea of worldview. Through his books, such as How Shall We Then Live, and his L’Abri Study Center, Schaeffer emphasized the concept that every person has a basic set of presuppositions that drive...

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