The Upper Room (Devotional and Ministry Organization)
The Upper Room is an interdenominational and independent global organization 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). The Upper Room 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 currently published in 35 languages and reaches people in as many as 100 countries in every region of the world.
The Upper Room has its roots in The United Methodist Church, but receives no sponsorship or funds from any denomination. While The Upper Room's ministry is interdenominational, international, and interracial in scope and character, it maintains a relationship with The United Methodist Church as a unique division of The General Board of Discipleship of the UMC.
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.
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.
- Where the World Meets to Pray: People and Stories of The Upper Room by Mary Lou Redding, © 2009 Upper Room
- The Upper Room: About