A change for the Reed family

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When God calls, you’ve got to go.

Well, I guess you don’t have to go. But to not go would be disobedience, and that’s not a choice I’m ready to commit to. So my family and I…we are going. With buckets full of bittersweet joy.

At the end of the month, I will be joining the Saddleback Community Church staff on the groups team!

This is a very bittersweet move for us. We’re leaving behind so many great relationships at Long Hollow. And beyond that, all of our family connections are here in the middle Tennessee area. We’re leaving what we know, who we love, and where we naturally find comfort. We’re leaving behind a culture that’s woven into our DNA. We’re leaving behind our Tennessee roots.

But to be joining Saddleback, and the work God’s already doing through them in both Southern California and around the world, is for us a step towards something that we feel like God’s been preparing us for for a long time.

We never saw our road at Long Hollow as just preparing grounds. We never treated it as such, either. We poured every ounce of our hearts, our lives, our energy, our minds, our bodies, our ideas, our love, our pain, our laughs, our screams, and our tears into the mission God called us to at Long Hollow. We never felt called through Long Hollow. We felt called to Long Hollow.

But at the end of the day, aren’t all experiences training grounds for what’s next? Doesn’t God always use people and places, whether good or bad, to shape our hearts for the next step? Don’t all things work to make us more like Jesus? (Romans 8:28-29)

So we’re moving. With as much excitement as we have fear. With as much eager anticipation as we have sadness.

With boldness we are taking a courageous step of faith.



Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

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  • NikkiTheCrazyAsian

    Such an exciting time for you Ben! I remember having the same emotions when God opened doors in Charleston and I remember how hard it was to leave relationships that I had built in Clarksville and across middle-TN. But there is no greater reward than reaping the blessings of being obedient and knowing that you’re where God needs you!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Yes x 1000! It’s scary, but we know that faith involves trusting in God’s plan that you can’t see. In His timing that you can’t know.

      So we’re taking this courageous step of faith with a lot of fear. :-)

  • Heather Zempel

    Hey Ben- praying for a good transition for y’all. Thanks for your leadership, creativity, and investment in groups. All of us across the Kingdom benefit from it, no matter where you are.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks Heather! What an amazing encouragement!

  • Eric DiCicco

    I’m very excited for you and your family, Ben! Praying you have a big impact there!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks Eric! So so appreciate the prayers!!

  • http://jonfulk.com/ Jon Fulk

    congrats on the new job, Ben! Blessings on your transition.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks Jon!!

  • http://jonathanpearson.net/ Jonathan Pearson

    Know this is bittersweet. Glad you’re taking the step of faith!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      It’s a whole bucket full of bittersweet. But we’re confident stepping out in faith!

      Courage, here we come!

  • Chris Surratt

    Excited for you, bro! Eat a fish taco for me.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Oh, I will, Chris. I’ll eat a lot of them!

  • http://onepassiononedevotion.wordpress.com/ Claire McLean

    that is so awesome! yay God!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed


  • Gary Ward

    Congratulations on this wonderful new calling for you and your family! Thank you for the great leadership and advice you have shown me and everyone else at Long Hollow Ben! We will miss you.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks Gary!

      I’ll miss you too, bro!

  • John Grant

    Hi Ben – We’ll miss you in Tennessee, but I know you’ll be blessed and you’ll be a blessing at Saddleback.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      We’ll miss TN for sure, John. We love this state!!

  • Gretchen Howard

    I’m so happy that Emily Doss connected me to your wife today. I (and my husband and children) have left all my comfort in Indiana. And like you said, if God Calls then you go, and we are here. Can’t wait to meet you!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Yay for Emily!! And yay for my wife!! Looking forward to linking up with you when we’re on the ground.

  • http://www.about.me/kathyfannon Kathy Fannon

    Not sure why I’m bawling because it’s not like you’re leaving me since I’m in Michigan! But I’m SO excited for you and your gorgeous family! What an exciting adventure you will have! Congratulations a million times, and I can’t wait to see what God unfolds before you! Yay, Ben!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks Kathy! (crying with you!!)

      We’re going to be on an adventure for sure!!