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Secret Church began in 2006 at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, based on time David Platt spent with brothers and sisters in underground Asian house churches. In those contexts, Christ-followers gather together at the risk of their lives for 8-12 hours at a time—simply to pray, worship, and study God's Word. It's simple, raw, and dangerous . . . all at the same time.
The leadership at Brook Hills began asking if they could do the same thing and decided to try it. They chose a Friday evening where people could gather from 6:00pm until midnight for two main purposes: to worship through intensive study of the Word and to identify with our persecuted brothers and sisters by praying intentionally for them. Simply six hours of teaching and prayer.
Approximately 1,000 people participated in the first gathering to study through Secret Church: Survey of the Old Testament and to pray for peoples across Africa. Secret Church continued to grow, and before long, people were driving across the United States to be part of these special gatherings and asking if Secret Church could come to their church.
In 2011, Radical facilitated the first Secret Church simulcast, making it available to churches and small groups across the United States and around the world.