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About 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. From its beginnings as a daily devotional guide, The Upper Room has grown to include publications, programs, prayer support, and other resources to help believers of all ages and denominations move to a deeper level of faith and service. Upper Room resources are grouped in five different areas:

  • Personal Spirituality (personal spirituality)
  • Children, Youth, Young Adults & Families (children and young adults)
  • Small Groups (formational groups)
  • Spiritual Leadership (spiritual life of a leader)
  • International Ministries (worldwide fellowship)

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 (2004 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.