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50K participate in 6-hour ‘Secret Church’
Baptist Press
May 09, 2011

50K participate in 6-hour ‘Secret Church’

50K participate in 6-hour ‘Secret Church’
Baptist Press
May 09, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

— On Good Friday, more than 50,000 people across the world participated in Secret

Church, six intensive hours of

biblical teaching and prayer for the persecuted church led by author and pastor

David Platt of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham.

The April 22 event — held at the church but simulcast into

42 states (including North Carolina)

and 11 countries — was designed to call the church to a greater awareness of

biblical fidelity and to build unity with the persecuted church worldwide.

While thousands gathered at the church, more than 50,000

people from 1,300 churches and small groups participated via simulcast. It was

the 10th Secret Church

event but the first one simulcast.

It was simulcast by LifeWay Christian Resources and

Disciple-Making International (DMI), a

nonprofit, Christian-equipping organization founded by Platt. Secret Church was

born from Platt’s experiences teaching in underground house churches throughout

Asia. There, Platt experienced how Christians met in secret for fear of

persecution. This awareness sparked a desire to transplant the urgency of sound

gospel proclamation to his own church.

“People are hungry for the Word,” Platt said. “There’s

really nothing special or creative about it. It’s just the study of the Word

and then prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. The Word itself does

the work.”

Within an hour of starting, Secret

Church became a “trending topic” on

twitter, meaning that it is one of the most mentioned or tweeted about

events/topics on twitter.

During the three 10-minute breaks, LifeWay showed pictures

that people were sending in from around the world of their group watching the

simulcast. Churches and small groups watched from places such as Cambodia,

India, Thessalonica,

Greece, Guatemala,

Brazil and all

across the United States.

There had been nine prior Secret

Church events, but after the first

meeting The Church at Brook Hills was forced to start a reservation system due

to the sell-out capacity. Its on-site popularity led to the idea of a

simulcast.

Watch or listen to previous Secret

Church events at http://www.disciplemakingintl.org/media/schurch/?cur_tab=series.

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