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.
A GOD’S-EYE VIEW OF THE WORLD
Unlike any Secret Church we have ever done, Secret Church 21 will take participants on a unique journey through God’s Word and around the world as we unveil a new tool for individuals, families, and churches to see the world more as God sees it, feel more of what He feels, and love more like He loves. For far too long, we have settled for a narrow perspective of the world that limits the impact of our lives and churches in it. But what happens when we open God’s Word and we ask questions like, “What does God see in the world? What does God feel? And how does God love?” What happens when we then lift our eyes to the world, and we start to see, feel, and love in the same way? It changes everything. It changes the way we understand our lives, marriages, families, careers, plans, dreams, and future. This Secret Church is an opportunity to see the world through the lens of God’s Word in an unprecedented way from wherever you are, and to walk away resolved to live however God leads for His glory, your joy, and the good of other people in ways you have not yet imagined.
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. 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 “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 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.