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The idea behind Secret Church comes from time David Platt spent teaching and ministering among underground Asian house-churches. Due to hostility from the government, from the surrounding community, and even from their own family, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are forced to gather in secret, sometimes at the risk of their lives.
The plight of our persecuted brothers and sisters also explains why prayer for the persecuted church is a major part of every Secret Church gathering. We remember those who cannot meet openly, asking God to sustain their faith, to change the hearts and the actions of their persecutors, and to use their witness for the spread of the gospel.
Learn more about the goal of Secret Church here.
Secret Church takes place once per year. The next Secret Church gathering will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 7:00pm - 1:00am EDT / 6:00pm - 12:00am CDT.
David Platt will be teaching on "Cults and Counterfeit Gospels" at Secret Church 18. Below is a brief description of this year's topic . . .
The apostle Paul was astonished that some followers of Christ in his day were “turning to a different gospel,” and he pleaded with them not to be deceived by those who wanted to “distort the gospel of Christ.” These warnings given to the church in the first century are just as relevant today for the church in the twenty-first century.
For the good of our souls and for the sake of the church’s mission, followers of Christ need to ask, “What false gospels are being taught today?” and “How can I recognize the true gospel among so many counterfeits?” Answering these questions will be the aim of Secret Church 18, “Cults and Counterfeit Gospels.”
We will consider the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other groups that claim to teach the truth. We will also explore more subtle distortions of the gospel, including prosperity teaching that is rampant across the church. In the end, our goal is to walk away from this Secret Church not only enabled to discern false gospels, but also equipped to share the true gospel with people around us and with peoples around the world.
There are two ways that you can participate in the next Secret Church gathering.
The majority of participants choose to participate via simulcast. You can simulcast from anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer and an internet connection. Simulcast registration will open in the fall.
You can also join us at the live gathering at Long Hollow Baptist Church, Nashville, TN (Hendersonville Campus). Tickets are required and will be available for sale to the general public on Monday, January 8 at 8:00am ET / 7:00am CT.
Anyone can watch the simulcast; however, you must register in advance to do so. All you need in order to join us is a computer and an internet connection. (Additional technical details can be found on the Technical Information page.) We encourage you to gather with your friends, family, small group, or church to participate.
Yes! The simulcast is a web-based broadcast and can be viewed in your home, school, workplace, church, or anywhere in the world.
We encourage small groups and churches to register as early as possible to allow time for promotion of and planning for your simulcast gathering. Register on or before April 6, 2018 to allow as much time as possible for delivery of your Study Guides in time for the simulcast. Expedited shipping is available for an additional charge if you need to purchase another package or additional study guides after that date.
The simulcast costs approximately $10 per person, depending on which package you purchase.
Standard Registration Pricing is currently in effect, and simulcast packages are priced as follows.
Early Registration Pricing was in effect through Monday, Janaury 29, and simulcast packages were priced as follows until that time.
* Groups that purchase Package G may purchase additional study guides in cases of 10 or 50 for $5 each, plus shipping. Additional packages or study guides may be ordered through your simulcast account.
Registration fees received for the simulcast cover the expenses of production, broadcasting, printing the study guide for the night (150+ page, spiral-bound book), promotional resources, and customer and tech support. The cost averages $8-10 per person, depending on the package you select and when you register.
Yes, a specified number of study guides is included in your simulcast package. Study guides will begin shipping 6-8 weeks before the simulcast.
Yes. You will be able to add more participants to your registration directly through your simulcast account, no matter which package size you purchased initially. Once you are in your account, click on the "Study Guides" menu option.
Yes. Promotional materials (promotional videos, graphics, posters, etc.) will be available in your simulcast account under the "Promotions" menu option. You will receive login credentials to your account by email immediately after you register.
Yes. The simulcast can be time delayed to accommodate a start time that works better for your group. You will also have access to the simulcast through May 31, so you can replay the video any time during that period. More information about the time delay option will be provided in your simulcast account.
You can send your Secret Church offering through our website by credit card, or you can mail a check to us at the address below. If you choose to send a check, please note "SC18 offering" in the memo line and make your check out to "Radical." (Please do not send cash.)
Attn: Secret Church
PO Box 380602
Birmingham, AL 35238
You may contact our Secret Church team by filling out the Contact Form on our website or by calling our office at 205.547.2777.
The following browsers are supported: Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. You can also stream on iOS or Android platforms. Internet Explorer is not recommended.
Yes. Wireless connectivity can work but should be avoided if possible due to the potential for fluctuations in available bandwidth on your network. We recommend using a wired, high-speed connection if at all possible.
Yes. You can watch the simulcast on your TV by connecting your computer with an HDMI cable. If your computer has a DVI output, an inexpensive DVI to HDMI adapter (available at most electronics stores) is required.
Audio can be routed to the TV through the connected HDMI cable or analog headphone outputs on your computer. Please reference your owner’s manual for further instructions.
Maybe. If you plan to watch the simulcast via Apple TV, you will need to enable the airplay function on another Apple device (laptop or iPad) receiving the stream. Wii and PlayStation are not supported.
Yes. You can delay the start of the simulcast if the published time does not work for your group. This option may be particularly helpful for groups in Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones (as well as other locations around the world). You will have access to the simulcast through May 31, so you can replay the video any time during that period.
Anyone is welcome to join us at the live gathering; however, a ticket is required to attend.
Please note that Secret Church is recommended for ages 12+ due to the length of the study and the content discussed during the teaching sessions and prayer time. Parents should use their best judgment when deciding if younger children should attend the gathering.
Tickets for the SC18 live gathering will go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 8 at 8:00am ET / 7:00am CT. All ticket sales will take place online.
All ticket sales are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Yes and no. Your ticket guarantees admission to the Secret Church live gathering, but seating for Secret Church is available on a first come, first served basis. We generally have a full house and sometimes need to use overflow seating outside of the main worship room. If you want to choose your seat, you will need to come early!
Doors open at 4:30pm CT. Worship will begin at 5:30pm CT, with the simulcast starting at 6:00pm CT.
Many people find it helpful to bring a pen and cash for food and drinks. A study guide will be provided to you when you arrive.
We encourage you to eat dinner before arriving at the live gathering. Snacks will be available for purchase during the short breaks throughout the evening. Coffee and water will also be available. Outside food and drinks are not permitted.
No. Due to the length of the gathering and the late dismissal time, childcare at the live gathering is not provided.
Yes. You will have an opportunity during the evening to give to a special offering, which will assist persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.