Emily is part of the Core Team at the Massillon Campus and serves on the Worship Team:
This week God asked me to take a drive to Massillon, totally unplanned, just felt the urge to go. I had recently started reading, A Multi-Site Church Road Trip, Exploring the New Normal By Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird. So I thought, why not put what the authors are talking about into practice and take a road trip of my own?
As I drove past places I remembered from my childhood, God was speaking to me. When I was a child I wasn't aware that there were reasons that something couldn't be done, I didn't care that something had always been a certain way and I wasn't worried about failing. I also wasn't aware of what a legacy was or how important it is.
Continuing on my drive, I headed up Lincoln Way and kept my eyes and ears open.....waiting, watching and listening for what God was trying to show me.
I wasn't even a mile up the road from the campus when I slowed and turned onto Hess Boulevard. There was a young couple standing on the corner. The woman looked to be about my age and she was holding a sign that read “Broke and Hungry.”
I turned up the street and drove back down to the side they were standing on so I could give them some cash. Reaching out my passenger window, I gave them what I had, but I wanted to give them so much more. I wanted to tell them that there is a church just up the road where they can come in, get a cup of coffee, and sit and talk with someone. In that moment, I felt God showing me that being called to Living Water Massillon is more than the school pride or a location for a multi-site campus, He is sending us to Massillon for the people.
I am completely amazed and thankful for everything God has done over the past two years. God has given a building, a campus pastor, teams for welcoming and creating connection with people, student & children's ministry, worship, and we are preparing to launch – but all the best laid plans in the world are just a dream without the funds to make them a reality.
I can see the work being done by the Massillon campus at its core to start bringing up new leaders for the next generation, making sure that the same seed that started Living Water in Dalton is continued on. The church is ready to grow in new ways even further into the future with generations of sites to come.
Birthing a new campus allows the first generation to rethink how they do things. The process revitalizes us and opens us up to new ideas.
We serve God as one church in multiple locations, casting the same vision, ready to take ownership of it in faith, making disciples and sharing the Gospel. Everything we do is about bringing people to a place where they will know Christ in a real way.
Being obedient to God brings change. When I make a sacrifice or am stretched in some way, He honors it. My life is for Him. I'm only two years in and already I feel a deeper connection with God. My life has been drastically changed and I can't wait to see what God is going to do next.
When I first felt called to Massillon, I didn't know exactly what a multi-site was. What I did know, and can see even more clearly now, is that there are people in Massillon who need to be reached. People who are ready to find new life in Jesus Christ, ready for more. This is the time for us to come together and be a part of birthing a new campus. If you feel called to go or serve, just do it! This is the time to continue the legacy of God's love for people and share the good works being done in your own life.
- Emily Roebuck
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20