Forward: The New Frontier

Leading Powerfully in a Fluid Context


February 26th, 2022

Registration Deadline:  February 23, 2022


Life Link Church

725 W. Warner Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85233

It’s true: Every person counts!

And it’s even harder on your own, which is why together is a very big deal for us.


Come hear from teams a little further along and leave with ideas to help you grow to the next level. We can’t wait to see you!


Matt Keller

Lead Pastor

Matt Keller is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida. God has used him to lead the church from 35 people at their grand opening in 2002 to now over 3,200 in three locations each weekend. 

He is passionate about investing in other non-profits and businesses as well. He has helped hundreds of leaders around the country take their organizations to the next level.  He travels and speaks often and is passionate about coaching leaders nationwide.

Matt has always had passion to help church planters, and has served on the ARC Board of Directors for the past several years.  An encourager, Matt has the ability to look past what is, to see what could be. One of his favorite sayings is “We don’t take no for an answer. We figure it out. That’s what we do.” Matt is the author of The Up the Middle Church, God of the Underdogs, and his most recent book The Key to Everything.

High school sweethearts, he and his wife Sarah enjoy baseball and are huge Tampa Bay Rays fans! Keeping Matt and Sarah in line are their two sons, Will and Drew.

Sarah Keller

Lead Pastor

Sarah Keller is the founding and co-lead pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers.  She and her husband, Pastor Matt Keller, moved to Fort Myers in 2002 to start Next Level and since then it has grown to 3 locations and the Dream Center located in downtown Fort Myers.  Pastors Matt and Sarah also lead the Relational Network which exists to pastor ministry leaders so they can lead healthy and high impact churches.

Pastor Sarah is passionate about women fulfilling their God-given calling to be who He created them to be.  She wrote and created the Freedom curriculum at Next Level and has seen thousands find true Freedom in Christ as a result.  She is dedicated to leading people to become fully engaged followers of Jesus.

Pastor Matt and Sarah are high school sweethearts and have been happily married for 25 years.  They have two sons, Will and Drew, and are huge Tampa Bay Rays fans.

Carey Robinson

Lead Pastor

Carey Robinson and his wife Meghan have been in ministry for 21 years serving as Youth and Executive Pastors. Almost nine years ago they moved to South Orange County to plant a church. This was a huge leap of faith to uproot their family with two daughters to an area where they didn’t know anyone. God has been faithful, the church is growing and making an impact in the lives of the unchurched people of Orange County.

In addition to being the lead pastor at The Movement Church in Orange County, Carey has a heart to rally and encourage other pastors and believes in and loves the local Church. A die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, and dynamic communicator, Carey thrives on seeing lives changed through the practical application of the Bible and of course, a good nitro cold brew.



We want to invest in you and your team!



Your team will have the opportunity to connect with other leaders serving in the same areas of ministry.


Get Answers

The Q&A Session will allow you to ask additional questions you might have.


8:30           Registration Opens

9:00           Morning Sessions

11:30         Lunch

12:30         Breakout Sessions One

Building Morale When The Hits Keep on Coming
Pastor Cheree’ Wright

Accelerating Breakthrough in our Regions
Pastor Jason Turner

Worship Teams 101
Pastor James Mercer and Pastor Chris Peterson

How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge
Pastor Lacie Mercer

1:30         Breakout Sessions Two

Leadership Development Ladder
Pastor Brian Smith

Livestream Master Class
Pastor Chris Peterson and Pastor James Mercer

Connecting With GenZ
Pastors Joshua and Tiffany Russell

How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge
Pastor Lacie Mercer

2:30         Afternoon Sessions

4:30         Dismiss