Radical Secret Church

Frequently Asked Questions

About Secret Church

How will COVID-19 affect Secret Church this year?

We are thankful that, by God’s grace, Secret Church is already designed for groups to meet in smaller gatherings to participate around the world via simulcast as we study God’s Word and pray for the persecuted and unreached. Therefore, at this point, we still fully anticipate to do just that via simulcast on April 24th. While we encourage individuals, small groups, and churches to abide by the recommendations of the CDC and their local governing authorities as they pertain to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, we already have plans and procedures in place for groups that cannot gather all together, and we will be sharing those options, if it remains necessary, as the event approaches. Because Secret Church is structured for a simulcast audience and because right now our shared times of study and prayer with one another are rare, we encourage you to make the most of this opportunity and continue planning to study and pray with us, regardless of how that may look for your group.

What Is Secret Church?

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.

When Is The Next Secret Church?

The next Secret Church gathering is Friday, April 24, 2020.

What Is The Topic For Secret Church 20?

God, Government, and the Gospel

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1). 

But what if you don’t agree with who those authorities are and how they are governing? How does this apply to different types of governments in different parts of the world? How does this command apply to the persecuted? In summary, how should Christians relate to government? Should we gladly submit to government, work to change government, or both, or neither? And what do Christians do when they disagree about political positions and personalities, cultural concerns and challenges? 

Secret Church 20 will explore how the gospel transforms the way followers of Jesus relate to governing authorities in any nation for the glory of God in all nations. The purpose of this Secret Church is definitively not to advocate for a political position, party, or candidate in any particular country. The purpose of this Secret Church is to establish biblical foundations for understanding how the character of God and the content of the gospel totally transform the way Christians relate to government. 

Along the way, we will examine how these biblical foundations help Bible-believing Christians promote love and preserve unity even when we disagree on policies and politics. Ultimately, we will encourage one another to live faithfully as citizens of heaven while we’re citizens on earth.

About the Live Gathering

Who can attend the Secret Church live gathering?

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.

How do I purchase tickets for the Secret Church live gathering?

Tickets for the SC20 live gathering at McLean Bible Church near Washington, D.C. are available to the general public. All ticket sales will take place online through Eventbrite.

All ticket sales are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Does my ticket guarantee my seat?

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!

Outside doors will open at 4:30pm ET. Doors to the worship room will open at 5:30pm ET, and you will be able to get your seat at that time. Worship (for the live gathering only) will begin at 6:30pm ET, with the simulcast starting at 7:00pm ET.

What should I bring to the live gathering?

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.

Is an offering collected during Secret Church?

Yes. You will have an opportunity during the evening to give to a special offering, which will assist unreached, unengaged, and persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

Is childcare provided at the live gathering?

No. Due to the length of the gathering and the late dismissal time, childcare at the live gathering is not provided.

Can I bring food to Secret Church?

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.

About the Simulcast

Who can simulcast Secret Church?

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.

Can I simulcast Secret Church in my home?

Yes! The simulcast is a web-based broadcast and can be viewed in your home, school, workplace, church, or anywhere in the world.

How much does it cost to participate in the simulcast?

The simulcast costs approximately $10-12 per person, depending on which package you purchase and when you register.

Early Registration Pricing is in effect through Friday, January 31. Simulcast packages are priced as follows until that time.

  • 5 people: Simulcast License for 5 people and 5 study guides | $49.50
  • 10 people: Simulcast License for 10 people and 10 study guides | $95.00
  • 20 people: Simulcast License for 20 people and 20 study guides | $185.00
  • 35 people: Simulcast License for 35 people and 35 study guides | $315.00
  • 50 people: Simulcast License for 50 people and 50 study guides | $425.00
  • 75 people: Simulcast License for 75 people and 75 study guides | $620.00
  • 76+ people*: Simulcast License for 76+ people and 100 study guides, with the option to purchase additional study guides at $5 each plus shipping and tax | $825.00 (Free shipping is included within the United States.)

Once Standard Registration Pricing goes into effect, simulcast packages will be priced as follows.

  • 5 people: Simulcast License for 5 people and 5 Study Guides | $59.50
  • 10 people: Simulcast License for 10 people and 10 Study Guides | $115.00
  • 20 people: Simulcast License for 20 people and 20 Study Guides | $225.00
  • 35 people: Simulcast License for 35 people and 35 Study Guides | $385.00
  • 50 people: Simulcast License for 50 people and 50 Study Guides | $525.00
  • 75 people: Simulcast License for 75 people and 75 Study Guides | $750.00
  • 76+ people*: Simulcast License for 76+ people and 100 Study Guides, with the option to purchase additional study guides at $5 each plus shipping and tax | $950.00 (Free shipping is included within the United States.)

 

* Groups that purchase the simulcast for 76+ people may purchase additional study guides at $5 each, plus shipping and tax. Additional packages or study guides may be ordered through your simulcast account.

What does the registration fee cover?

Registration fees received for the simulcast cover the expenses of production, broadcasting, printing the study guide for the night (120+ page, book), promotional resources, and customer and tech support. The cost averages $10-12 per person, depending on the package you select and when you register.

When should I register for the simulcast?

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 Monday, April 13, 2020 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.

Will I receive study guides when I register for the simulcast?

Yes, a specified number of study guides is included in your simulcast package. Study guides will begin shipping around the end of February.

Can I add more participants to my registration after I’ve already registered?

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 “Reorder” menu option.

Are promotional materials available to help us promote Secret Church?

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.

Can I delay the start time of the simulcast?

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.

Where do we send our offering?

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 “SC20 offering” in the memo line and make your check out to “Radical.” (Please do not send cash.)

Radical
Attn: Secret Church
PO Box 380602
Birmingham, AL 35238

I have other questions that aren’t answered here. How can I contact the Secret Church Team?

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.

Technical Information

How will I test my simulcast setup?

Radical will host pre-simulcast testing times to enable you to test for the actual simulcast on Friday, April 24. It is strongly recommended that you log into your simulcast account for 45-60 minutes during at least two of these testing times to ensure your simulcast setup will work during the gathering.

  • Tuesday, April 7 – 5-8pm ET / 4-7pm CT
  • Wednesday, April 15 – 4-7pm ET / 3-6pm CT
  • Thursday, April 23 – 4-10pm ET / 3-9pm CT

More information about testing can be found in your simulcast account once you register.

Which browser(s) are recommend for watching the simulcast?

The following browsers are supported: Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. You can also stream on iOS or Android platforms. Internet Explorer is not recommended.

Can I use a wireless connection for streaming the simulcast?

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.

Can I watch the simulcast on my TV?

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.

Can I watch the simulcast via Apple TV, Wii, or PlayStation?

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.