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 gathering is Friday, April 23, 2021.
THE IMAGE OF GOD IN HUMANITY
Who are you? Why were you created? Are you basically good, or has something gone wrong in each of us? Is life simply about deciding what will make you happy, or is there actually a greater purpose for your life?
In order to answer these and other foundational questions, we need to look outside ourselves. We need to embrace God’s design for our lives and understand what it means to be made in His image. And we need to consider what implications this has for our values, our thinking, our bodies, our emotions, our gender, our sexuality, etc.
That’s the purpose of Secret Church 21––to help us think through this issue, not only for ourselves but also for our relationships with others. We also need to think about the implications of this issue for the other 7 billion people on the planet who are made in God’s image, many of whom are struggling physically, emotionally, and, most importantly, spiritually. What does it mean to treat them as those made in God’s image? Join us for Secret Church 21 as we think through the doctrine of humanity and what it means to be made in God’s image.
There are two ways that you can participate in the next Secret Church gathering.
You can stream from your church, home, office, or anywhere you have an internet connection. The majority of participants stream from their church, home, or anywhere else they have a computer/device and an internet connection. Registration will open in January 2021.
You can also join us at the live gathering at McLean Bible Church, Washington, DC. Tickets are required and will be available for sale to the general public in January 2021.
Anyone can participate in the Secret Church live stream; 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. (Additional technical details can be found on the Technical Information page.) We encourage you to gather with your church, small group, friends, or family to participate.
Yes! The Secret Church live stream 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 simulcast 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 $10-12 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 live stream package. The number you will receive is specified based on the package you purchase. Study guides will begin shipping around the end of February.
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.
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.
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.)
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.