Helping leaders gain clarity since 1998


At times the road ahead seems unclear and challenging. 

Bruce Johnson launched NextLevel Leadership over 28 years ago to help leaders in

non-profit organizations and churches gain clarity in three key areas:

effective and engaged boards,

a simple, yet powerful planning method,

and clarify of personal direction for leaders.

Bruce Johnson

Founder, President, Chief Clarifier

Bruce Johnson has guided and equipped thousands of leaders and board members toward greater clarity.  He sifts through issues, asks insightful questions, proactively listens, equips them with life-tools and speaks into the situation or a person’s life.   Clarity emerges.


Leaders seek out Bruce when they need help in pointing the whole organization in a strategic direction; or addressing leadership, team or governance issues; or personal life-direction questions.

Over 45 years of executive leadership experience including CEO of several organizations, serving on non-profit and three church boards, and consulting with hundreds of leaders make his insights match the real world and lead to implementation.  Bruce has served organizations in North America, Europe, and across Asia.

He has served on multiple boards including the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) where he chaired the Board Development Committee.  The Christian Leadership Alliance has selected him several times as faculty at their national conferences on governance and strategic planning.

He holds an honorary doctorate in leadership from Midwest University and is a partner in the Alliance for Board Effectiveness, a consortium of consultants who are thought leaders in non-profit excellence.

Bruce and his wife, Mary, live in Florida where Bruce is an avid cyclist, and Mary is a gifted artist.  Their two adult sons are following their own callings which have them working internationally.

Our Services


facilitator of

strategic planning

Master facilitator for annual and multi-year strategic planning that is integrated and implemented because they fit on a one-page measurable plan.

Customized board training

Training on governance excellence, including Seven Features of a More Effective Ministry Board, how to have effective board meetings and how to recruit qualified, committed, and effective board members.

Personal life focus

This tool and one-on-one consulting provides leaders with a life-long guide to making life-direction decisions.  The process looks at your life through three lens: personal giftedness, passions, life stage considerations.


Email Bruce to begin a conversation to explore if your area of need for clarity and Bruce’s experience are a good match.    

Office is in Florida, USA.

Service areas: global live video platforms or in person:  North America, Asia, Europe and South America.

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