About Nextlevel

Our Mission

Nextlevel ministries is a nondenominational Christian organization dedicated to providing the opportunity and means for men to engage in life-transforming relationships with other men through their involvement in a Nextlevel Covenant Group or a mentoring friendship.

Our ministry practices are built upon the observation that many Christian men flounder or stagnate because they lack healthy spiritual relationships. Our goal is to provide instrumental support for the development of Christian men, through the perpetuation of authentic, intentional and committed relationships. As such, we promote and facilitate healthy Christian community among men. By community we mean koinonia—biblical fellowship.

As an example, meet Jim. Jim is a respected member of his church. When you meet him, there’s an air of humility and reality about him. He acts like one who is not alone, because he no longer is. Jim has experienced and understood what it means to belong. Jim wrestles with the pressures of being a husband, a father and an employee, a leader and a servant—but he tackles those issues together with a band of brothers he meets with weekly. By the power of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of the Scriptures, these brothers endeavour to walk closely with God and with each other. This helps Jim deal with unhealthy areas of his life that were once hidden by pride, guilt and isolation. Jim used to walk this road of faith alone, but he now realizes he can’t do it alone. Jim’s Nextlevel Covenant Group has become an indispensable lifeline that helps him shoulder life’s load, as he, in turn, helps each of the other men in the same way. Jim’s inter-dependence with his Nextlevel Covenant Group is now a tangible reflection on his daily dependence on God.

Our Method

Our main focus is to assist the formation of Covenant Groups, and to ensure that the men in these groups begin their spiritual journey together on the right foot. This means guiding them into relational Christianity—following Christ as a band of brothers who are committed to seeing each other pursue the things of God. For most men, this is a new and somewhat unnatural experience. By and large, men are prone to individualism and isolationism, even men in the church. That’s why, we provide biblical rationale, process and structure for developing this kind of koinonia experience. It is simply spiritual friendship, but is not always that simple or intuitive to achieve. Nextlevel helps men and churches inaugurate these kinds of life-giving friendships.

Following their firm establishment as a community, each Covenant Group chooses whatever biblical curriculum or Christian book study they desire. However, now they can study and apply the Scriptures with the encouragement, challenge and accountability that only deep, committed friendships can effectively offer. They are also equipped to be transparent with their lives and pray deeply for one another. The result is spiritual growth. Men who spend time together in the Scriptures, in prayer, and focus on the kind of life God intends for them, cannot help but mature in their faith. This, in turn, affects how men live in all areas of life: their home and marriage, their vocation, their church and community.

Our History

Nextlevel Ministries began in January 2000 in Ottawa—the capital region of Canada. It was founded by Lyle Johnson, who left pastoral ministry in a local church in order to establish a ministry that would meet the unique relational, emotional and spiritual needs of men. Lyle met individually with men in a spiritual coaching capacity, and also started several small groups (of 5-8 men) with the purpose of building authentic, trusting spiritual friendships. It was quickly apparent that this addressed an unmet need in many men, and the ministry steadily grew. In 2006, a team of seven volunteer leaders was added to provide oversight as groups and leadership training and curriculum demands grew. In 2009, Nextlevel Ministries became a Registered Canadian Charity. Today Nextlevel continues to devote itself to the spiritual and relational health of an ever-growing number of men in this region—with plans to expand into other regions across Canada, to the glory of God.