The lights come back on. Before the packed church stands Pastor Francis Chan, wearing not a suit and tie or holy robes but khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. He tells the audience that just as the girl grows, so must Christians mature in their faith.
Chan, a 31-year-old who calls himself a Generation X'er with a short attention span, is accustomed to using props, videos and personal stories--anything to get his Christian messages across at the nondenominational Cornerstone Community Church.
"I think the average person sees church as a place filled with hypocrites," Chan said. "There's a lot of people who say they believe in God but they just don't believe in the church.