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Secret Church: Prayer, Fasting, and the Pursuit of God

  • City on a Hill Church 133 Walnut St. Brookline United States (map)

Secret Church is a unique, one-night event. Encouraged by our persecuted brothers and sisters’ example, we meet for over 6 hours for intense study of God's Word and passionate prayer for the persecuted. We will simulcast the event, which is led annually by David Platt in Washington D.C..

Registration is $10 per person and includes a study guide for the event. The location is to be determined based upon how many register.

Why “Secret Church?”

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.

Why so much teaching in one night?

We realize that each Secret Church study contains too much biblical teaching—over four hours worth!—to digest in one sitting. That’s one reason we make it available to study in bite-size segments at However, this deluge of teaching is meant to remind us of the hunger for God’s Word that exists among many underground churches around the world.

With few opportunities to gather and little access to biblical teaching, our persecuted brothers and sisters may meet for eight to twelve hours at a time simply to sing, pray, and study God’s Word. This God-centered focus is a helpful corrective to the desire for entertainment that characterizes many church gatherings in the U.S.

Earlier Event: April 21
Easter Sunday
Later Event: May 5
Exploring Faith Luncheon