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Audio Clips From a Service
at Mariner's Church, Newport Beach, California

(For help, see a note about the audio.)


Hear senior pastor Kenton Beshore address his congregation on the importance of community (in RealAudio):
18.8
14.4

Hear an excerpt of a contemporary hymn (in RealAudio):
28.8
Hear Kenton Beshore on committing oneself to the church (in RealAudio):
28.8
14.4



Music With a Beat "In fact it is music, more than any other issue or symbol that divides congregations on the cusp of growth....Whether a church uses contemporary music or not defines which kind of people it wants. When it uses contemporary music, it's saying it wants unchurched people -- particularly those of childbearing and child-rearing age."



Samples of Contemporary Christian Music
Produced at Willow Creek Community Church

Hear "Strength in You" (in RealAudio):
28.8
Hear "What a Ride" (in RealAudio 2.0):
28.8
Hear "Let the Lord Love You" (in RealAudio):
28.8
Hear "On My Knees" (in RealAudio):
28.8
Hear "A Place to Call Home" (in RealAudio):
28.8
Hear "Only by Grace" (in RealAudio):
28.8
The above music samples are excerpted from the CD A Place to Call Home (copyright 1994 by Willow Creek Association).


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