Why Are You Leaving?

I believe God loves a graceful exit. As of April 1, 2011, I am leaving the staff of Lutheran Church of Hope.

Nobody likes the long Oscar speech. There will therefore, henceforth, be no matches thrown at any Hope bridges. I am for Hope. Hope is for me. It is, and remains, a place called “Hope,” which is the absolute expectation that good is right around the corner.

What am I up to next? Lots of exciting things. Namely Monk Development, the Center for Church Communication and Ideation. You’ll hear more about these in the days ahead. I promise.

And, as Forrest Gump might close, “that’s all I got to say about that.”

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36 Responses to “Why Are You Leaving?”

  1. Tim Schraeder March 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    So excited for you and for what’s ahead!

    • Justin Wise March 26, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      And YOU’RE a part of it, yeah!

  2. Brandon Cox March 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Hey man, proud of you and excited for you! It seems like just yesterday we were watching you take your first steps, say your first word, and use the “big potty.” Who knows what God has for you next?!

    • Justin Wise March 26, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Fly, little bird, fly! Honored to be taking part in what you’re up to. Full steam ahead!

  3. Sam Mahlstadt March 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Proud of you for taking a step. Perhaps a leap 🙂

    • Justin Wise March 26, 2011 at 8:03 am #

      Thanks, Sammy. I know I can count on the Mahlstadts!

  4. Carlos Sandoval March 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Good luck Justin in this new stage of your life! I’m sure God will continue using you in powerful ways.

    • Justin Wise March 26, 2011 at 8:03 am #

      Thank you, good sir! Great things to come….

  5. Ron Edmondson March 26, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Sounds like exciting stuff ahead!

  6. Tricia Flattery March 26, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Justin, we will all miss you. You have done a wonderful job and thank you for speaking at my daughters funeral. Words cannot ever express. Good luck with your future endeavors.

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      Trish … Thank you so much. It was an honor to walk through that valley with your family!

  7. Kerry Bural March 26, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Congratulations, Justin. If I/we can help you with anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      I just take you up on that someday 😉

  8. Michael Buckingham March 26, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Great list of projects to be a part of. The first time I interacted and worked with you was for firestarter, and now you are a firestarter.

    Way to go.

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      Thank you, sir. Thanks for the kind words! Start it up… Looking to start fires with you!

  9. Randy Richman March 26, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Justin I pray the best for your future, you are a gifted man and have a lot to offer people. God has great plans for you. You have touched a lot of lives ( more then you will ever be aware) during your time at Hope! Go celebrate the passions and gifts God has given you in his new plans for you!!!

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      Very, very humbled by your words. Thank you, Randy!

  10. Jay Hawes March 26, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Excited to see where God is going to lead you!

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      You and me both, brother. Here we go!

  11. Jason Adams March 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    May good things abound in your next endeavor, JW!

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      Thanks, Jason. Blessings to you and yours…..

  12. Bob and Judy Akre March 27, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Justy, we have watched you grow up, become a pastor, a husband, a daddy…a disciple. God is great and he has great things in store for you. Excited for your future!

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

      SO honored by these comments. Thank you, thank you, thank you! for being such good friends and fellow travelers on the Way!

  13. Sarah March 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    You’ll be missed!!!

  14. Em March 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Nice post, Justin.
    I pray that you’re surrounded by all kinds of excitement and total peace.
    Life is filled with new chapters and new books;
    excited to see what manuscript God is working on through you next!

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      Thanks, girl. I’m excited as well. We’re all excited. Hooray!

  15. Laura March 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    So very sorry you are leaving. We have watched you since you came as an intern, to marriage and to parenthood. As “former” Valley parents, we are proud of you for what you have done and what you will achieve in the future. Chase your dream.
    In His name, the Jacobsens

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      Laura … Thank you for taking the time to post here and share these kind words. My family and I appreciate it!

  16. Erik Carlson March 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    SO excited to see what God has in store for you bro. Honored to call you a friend! Good luck and Godspeed!

    • Justin Wise March 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      +1 … You are an epic friend.

  17. Kari Erdman March 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Fly, my friend, fly! Excited for you and your new endeavors!!

  18. Graham March 29, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Justin! Just saw this news. Very excited for you. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about what you’re doing. I’m looking for a change as well.

  19. Kimberly Zarley March 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Hi Justin…Just heard the news the other night…I’ll miss you when I return. And look forward to following you in your new adventure….Best wishes. And thanks for being there the week before your wedding. (I’ll never forget it!) Kim.

  20. Jon March 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Congrats man! May God continue to bless you in your journey.