Friday, April 29, 2011

50K Participate In 6-hour "Secret Church" Simulcast

By LifeWay Staff

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, Ala.

The event -- held at the church but simulcast into 42 states and 11 countries -- was designed to call the church to greater awareness to biblical fidelity and to build unity with the persecuted church worldwide. While thousands gathered live and on location at The Church at Brook Hills, more than 50,000 people from 1,300 churches and small groups participated via simulcast. They gathered in church sanctuaries, fellowship halls, living rooms, dorm rooms and LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center to hear God's Word taught. It was the 10th Secret Church event but the first one simulcast.

It was simulcast by LifeWay Christian Resouces 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 congregants in his own church.

"We set up a Friday evening where we would gather from 6 p.m. 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," Platt said. "Just a simple six hours of straight teaching and prayer.

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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat