Something More

Leadership / Personal Development //

I have been thinking a lot lately about life, ministry and my calling.  I am 34 years old and have served in some of the most dynamic and fastest growing churches in America.  I have had the amazing opportunity to link arms with some of the most gifted and amazing ministry leaders out there.  It has truly been an amazing ride.

When I was first getting started in ministry I thought that getting published in magazines, traveling and speaking and extreme numbers growth were the ultimate win and what I should run towards in ministry.  It wasn’t necessarily about the fame but if I could get myself into a position where I would be doing these things then it would mean reaching more people.

Well, I got there.  A couple years ago the church I was on staff at was the 5th fastest growing church in America.  I was being sought after to consult and speak around the country and had magazines and publishers asking me to write for them.  It was the dream right?  Don’t get me wrong, these things are wonderful ministry opportunities.  I still am involved in them.  I soon began to realize though that there must be more.  Am I just supposed to do what I am doing now for the next 30 years?  40 Years???

This is not a post/series about looking for a new job.  I am fully committed to Northbrook Church and I know that God has me there for the long term.  I am where I belong here in Wisconsin.  I honestly think that coming to Northbrook and experiencing all of these new things that I have over the last year has been the catalyst to this inner search.  This is about how I can pursue the next level of the life and ministry God has for my family and I and how we can begin walking that out.

Over the next period of time I am going to be writing about my search for something more in life and ministry.  Some would call it a holy discontent…I am simply calling it a search for more.  I honestly have no clue where this blog series will take me.  My hope is that if you are in the same place as myself that this series will minister to you.

If you are in a similar place as me I would love to hear your story.  Please shoot me an email at and we can set up a time to talk!

Stay tuned!







About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!