Music has been linked to worship for 3,000 years of Jewish and Christian history, and the Bible contains much about this heritage. Church history reveals that many different forms of music have been used in worship throughout the centuries, expressing the creativity of God’s people.
Church music is functional art that has many different styles: high art, folk, “traditional,” popular, and the “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” that Paul delineates. Believers should be encouraged not to get stuck in one genre of music but instead enjoy the wealth of imagination and inspiration that has been given to us through the centuries.
Judy Streeter and her husband Tom have worked to develop churches that emphasise worship, community, small groups, sound teaching, discipleship, and meaningful engagement with culture. Believing that evangelism and the strength of the church are only as effective as the disciple-making process, she has developed materials to facilitate women in properly nurturing growth in others. Her book, Disciplemaking: Doing What Christ Commanded, summarises her understanding and passion in this area. Music occupies a high place in Judy’s life in the church and as a teacher and performer. Always ready to travel, she and Tom have led Reformation tours in Europe. A church musician since childhood, Judy studied piano and organ and is a performer as well as a piano teacher. One of her passions is the rich heritage of music the church has enjoyed throughout the centuries.