Be empowered.
Take your ministry to the next level.

Our team offers resources to grow as a minister and works with you to further the movement of the Gospel no matter the stage of your ministry. Next Level Ministry exists to foster excellence in ministry leadership. We have over 40 years of combined ministry experience, five Master’s Degrees in Theology, and countless moments where we’ve inspired ministry leaders to be more effective, dynamic and committed disciple makers.

Next Level is a ministry of Ablaze Ministries, where we form the best youth ministers in the nation who build powerful youth ministries.

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What We Have to Offer


Consulting & Coaching


Our team of speakers will help your next event or training be dynamically successful! Take the best practices from the business world and ministry to move you forward. A growing list of resources to help you move your ministry to the Next Level.


We want to work with you in creating habits, offering tools, & identifying the needs of your ministry. Make the choice today to become the best leader for your ministry today!

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Recent Blogs

13 Reasons Why: A Culture of Fear

The premiere of the second season of 13 Reasons Why has continued the show’s tradition of graphic content and controversial subject matter for younger viewers. Gwen Bartlett offers her thoughts on navigating the cultural implications of 13 Reasons Why and her advice on discussing these serious topics with your children. For even more detailed information … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: A Culture of Fear

What Every Parent Needs to Know About 13 Reasons Why Season Two

13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why became a cultural phenomenon when it was released by Netflix in the spring of 2017. It sparked debates about mental health, violence, bullying, sexual assault, and suicide. A shocking number of copycat suicides were attributed to the show, and many discussed whether or not people should watch the show … Continue reading What Every Parent Needs to Know About 13 Reasons Why Season Two

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Chris Bartlett
With over 13 years of experience in ministry at both a parish and Diocesan level, Chris seeks to create opportunities where teens can encounter our Lord and believes relational ministry is vital to making that a reality.
Lisa Salas
Lisa is passionate about sharing her Faith with others of all ages and building stronger families along the way.
Gwen Bartlett
Gwen is an engaging speaker and emcee who desires to empower and equip others, leading them into a more intimate relationship with the Lord.
Matt Rice
Matt is the president and founder of Ablaze Ministries where he works to develop creative and dynamic approaches to Catholic youth ministry. At first, Matt was terrified of middle school youth, but now loves to minister to them and provide opportunities to draw them closer to Christ. Matt has a graduate degree in Theology and is a passionate speaker with a heart for the Catholic Church. Matt and his wife Weslei live in Bryan, TX with their 5 children.
Alyssa Trutter
Alyssa has been passionate about evangelization and youth ministry for over 11 years. She received a Catholic graduate degree from the Augustine Institute this past spring, and now mentors and instructs youth ministers and oversees 4 different ministry programs. Alyssa cohosts the radio show "Everyday Catholics," is an on and off Catholic Blogger and currently lives in Bryan, TX.
Taylor Schroll
Taylor Schroll jumped into ministry while in high school, and has since served the Church on campuses, retreats, conferences, and in Catholic parishes. Taylor is a true extrovert, enjoys listening to Catholic podcasts, and is also passionate about music ministry. Taylor lives in Bryan, TX with his wife Samantha and their 2 children, Christopher and Magdalen.
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Next Level and Ablaze Ministries

Next Level joined Ablaze Ministries in August of 2016. Ablaze Ministries is committed to supporting and forming excellent youth ministers in order to foster the best youth ministries in the nation. This partnership allows Next Level and Ablaze to carry out this mission together through mentoring and coaching.

You can learn more about Ablaze Ministries here