While serving as an Army Chaplain, my wife Shawanda and I followed the distant mentoring of Bishop I.V. and Dr. Bridget Hilliard, New Light Christian Center Church, Houston, Texas. It was through their spiritual concept of worship that we were able to implement the vision of "two locations, one congregation," thus resulting in establishing two locations; one in Mannheim and the other in Heidelberg, Germany. Our two congregations functioned within the military chapel arena. As such, we adjusted the worship experience to fit the military environment. At the Mannheim location, we immediately implemented the Word of Faith ministry on October of 2003. The new way of worship wasn't familiar with many, so a vast majority departed, resulting in a faithful few (15) remaining. We stayed the course trusting God and knowing the He provides the increase. The congregation grew weekly followed by signs and wonders.
A year later, we received the peace of God, that we should also accept the calling to Pastor a location simultaneously in Heidelberg. We learned a great deal from not fully implementing the concept of worship as compared to Mannheim. However, Heidelberg progressed with (15 families). We stayed the course and the congregation increased weekly with signs and wonders. For both locations, we developed one vision: "One congregation, two locations." Our vision was a spin off from Pastor Hilliard's vision, "One Church, Multiple Locations".
The vision was clear and concise for the people of God. Again, we implemented Pastor Hilliard's "The Power of Twelve" and comparatively, we called ours the "The Circle of Twelve". We believed that the blessing on The Hilliard's and New Light Christian Center Church was on the Robinson's and the two congregations in Germany.