The Upper Room®
The Upper Room® is a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. We are a 501(c)3 sustained by product sales and generous financial contributions from donors to cover all ministry expenses. From its beginnings as a daily devotional guide, The Upper Room has grown to include:
"Where the World Meets to Pray," The Upper Room offers resources that help people connect with God daily. Trained volunteers are available to hear your prayers each day through The Upper Room’s Living Prayer Center.
Upper Room Books, as well as The Upper Room daily devotional magazine, El Aposento Alto (The Spanish edition of The Upper Room) Weavings, Alive Now, devozine and Pockets, offer help with Christian formation for adults, families, children, and youth. The Upper Room daily devotional is available in 35 different languages in 100 countries.
The Upper Room offers multiple opportunities for congregations, individuals, and families to go deeper in their Christian faith. These include:
YOU are The Upper Room.
We exist because of people like you who give generously of time and money to insure people, everywhere, connect with God daily in meaningful ways. Thank you! You can connect with us in a variety of meaningful ways:
- Pray with us. Your prayer support is vital to our global outreach.
- Share your story. Consider writing a meditation for The Upper Room daily devotional magazine or one of our other publications.
- Join us by participating in one of the many program ministries.
- Support our ministry financially. Consider a gift today.
What We Believe
Although Upper Room Ministries® is interdenominational in its mission and make-up, it is a ministry of The United Methodist Church. All ministries (publishing and program) of The Upper Room are consistent with doctrinal standards articulated in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2012 edition). A brief summary of these standards follows:
Doctrinal Heritage — We profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God's coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.
Basic Christian Affirmations — With Christians of other communions, we confess belief in the triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. We share the Christian belief that God's redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers. We understand ourselves to be part of Christ's universal church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we become conformed to Christ.
We acknowledge God's prevenient grace at work in the lives of all persons from the time of their conception. We believe God brings about new birth and inward change in the lives of repentant believers through justifying grace, i.e. God's accepting and pardoning love. We hold that the wonder of God's acceptance and pardon does not end God's saving work, which continues to nurture our growth in grace and truth. We see God's grace and human activity working together in the relationship of faith and good works in a manner that bears fruit in spiritual maturity and in Christian ministries. We insist that personal salvation always overflows in Christian mission and service to the world.
The purpose of the congregation is to support the development of people as disciples of Jesus Christ through expressions of God's seeking, saving and sanctifying grace. The ministry of the church is reaching out and receiving people in love, relating people to God in Christ, nurturing them in faith and readiness for service, and sending them to live in the world in the way of Christ as witnesses to the kingdom of God.
You can learn more about what United Methodists believe at umc.org.