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 24, 2020.
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.
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 is now open.
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 on Wednesday, January 23 at 8:00am ET / 7:00am CT. Purchase your ticket HERE.
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 SC20 live gathering at McLean Bible Church near Washington, D.C. will go on sale to the general public in January 2020. 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!
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.
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.
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.
No. Due to the length of the gathering and the late dismissal time, childcare at the live gathering is not provided.
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.
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. Testing dates will be announced when registration opens.
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.
Registration fees received for the simulcast cover the expenses of production, broadcasting, printing the study guide for the night (120+ 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. 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. We will create promotional materials to help you promote your simulcast gathering. Promo materials will be available in your simulcast account when registration opens.
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 “SC19 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.