Forget all the church growth techniques you have learned. Forget about seeker sensitive or purpose driven churches. Forget about contemporary music or even the cowboy church. Catch the next wave and be an Elvis church. At the Christ the King Graceland Independent Anglican Church of Canada, Dorian Baxter, also known as the "rockin' Reverend." presides looking very much like Elvis Pressley. He sings a Christian version of "Blue Swede Shoes" that goes, "Well it's one for the Father, two for the Son, three for the Holy Spirit and your life has just begun." At his first service, Baxter welcomed 200 worshippers. Some don't care for his idea so his church is an independent Anglican church.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.