The Upper Room (United Methodist Church)
The Upper Room is an arm of The United Methodist Church dedicated to helping people grow in relationship with God through regular spiritual practice (such as worship and prayer, Bible reading and meditation, journaling, and participation in spiritual support groups). Though it is sponsored by one denomination, The Upper Room's ministry is interdenominational, international, and interracial in scope and character. It publishes a number of devotional magazines and books, and it provides a number of program experiences for in-depth learning in Christian spiritual life. The Upper Room is best known for its devotional reader entitled The Upper Room daily devotional guide which is published in 45 languages and 55 countries and reaches people in as many as 100 countries in every region of the world.
The Upper Room daily devotional guide began publication in 1935, and first published an "other language" edition in 1938. A Braille edition started in 1940. By 1944, circulation had passed the two million mark.
In the USA, The Upper Room main office and operation are located on Grand Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee. Africa Upper Room Ministries is located in Eikenof, South Africa, just south of Johannesburg on a piece property named Anathoth. With this biblical name, AURM shows its faith in and commitment to God's mission and the church's work of redeeming the land, restoring the people, and becoming a Christ-healed Africa for the healing of the nations.
The Upper Room is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the state of Tennessee. It is also a unique division of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church, the denominational agency responsible for providing resources and training for local church ministry functions. It is unique as a division of an agency both in the fact that it is financially self-supporting, relying on income from sales and donations, and the fact that it is ecumenical in scope, outreach, purpose, and staffing.