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.
The next Secret Church livestream is Friday, April 23, 2021.
THE GREAT IMBALANCE
Go and make disciples of all nations. A clear command and monumental charge from Jesus. Yet what if, despite our best intentions and sincerest efforts as the church to obey Jesus, we are actually ignoring what He said? At best, what if we have misunderstood Him? And what if much of our efforts are unknowingly keeping millions upon millions of people around the world from eternal life? Further, what if much of our efforts are keeping you and me from experiencing God’s purpose for our lives? Unlike any Secret Church we have ever done, Secret Church 21 is designed to be a ground-breaking journey through God’s Word and around the world that leads to a tectonic shift in the way you view your life, your family, and God’s design for the church. For your eyes will be open not only to a great imbalance that is affecting countless people for eternity, but also to the bold opportunity you have to change it with your time on this earth.
Anyone can participate in the Secret Church livestream; however, you must register in advance to do so. All you need in order to join us is a computer/device and an internet connection. We encourage you to gather with your church, small group, friends, or family to participate.
Yes! The Secret Church livestream is a web-based broadcast and can be viewed in your church, home, school, workplace, or anywhere in the world.
Registration fees received for the Secret Church livestream cover the expenses of production, broadcasting, printing the study guide for the night (a 120+ page book), promotional resources, and customer and tech support. The cost averages $10-13 per person, depending on the package you select and when you register.
We encourage churches and small groups to register as early as possible to allow time for promotion of and planning for your gathering. Register on or before Monday, April 12, 2021 to allow as much time as possible for on-time delivery of your study guides. Expedited shipping is available for an additional charge if you need to purchase another package or additional study guides after that date.
Yes, study guides are included in your livestream package. The number you will receive is specified based on the package you purchase. Study guides will begin shipping around the middle of March.
Yes. As your group grows, you can purchase additional packages through the registration form. Each person who participates should be included in your registration count.
Yes. We have created promotional materials to help you promote your simulcast gathering. Use the videos and graphics in this folder to let others know about your gathering.
Yes. You can delay the start of the livestream 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 livestream through May 31, so you can replay the video any time during that period.
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 “SC21 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 livestream 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 livestream 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.
Test your setup on Thursday, April 22, 2:00-8:00pm EDT / 1:00-7:00pm CDT.
Radical will host one live testing time on Thursday, April 22, 2:00-8:00pm EDT / 1:00-7:00pm CDT to enable you to test your technical setup before the livestream. It is strongly recommended that you test during this time for 45-60 minutes to ensure your setup will work during the event.
Additional information about testing can be found in your Secret Church account.