What is a Boiler Room?

The Boiler Room network is a worldwide family of missional and monastic communities committed to a shared life of 24-7 prayer, mission and justice. The first Boiler Room was established in a derelict pub in Reading, England in 2001. Today there are 34 Boiler Room communities of varying sizes on 4 continents (6 of them are here in the UK), all centred on a rhythm of prayer whilst seeking to make a measurable difference amongst the poor and the lost. Find out more about the Boiler Room rule and the six practices all Boiler Room communities prioritise.

Why ‘Boiler Rooms’? Explaining the name

The first 24-7 prayer house was launched in a derelict pub in Reading, England in 2001 and given the nickname ‘The Boiler Room’ without much thought. However, the name caught on and is now used to describe a global family of missional and monastic communities.

Boiler rooms once powered everything from vast machines in factories to household heating systems. As we stoke the fires of intercession and mission – often hard work done in secret – power is released to extend God’s Kingdom.

Several weeks after the launch of this first Boiler Room we discovered that C. H. Spurgeon, perhaps the greatest preacher of the late nineteenth century who spoke to more than ten million people and led the largest independent church in the world at that time, attributed the fruitfulness of his entire ministry to what he called his ‘Boiler Rooms’. These were prayer rooms – often located in the basement of the building in which Spurgeon was speaking – where people would pray as he preached.

Connecting with the 24-7 Prayer Family of Friends

Boiler Room communities are overseen by the Boiler Room Network team.  If you would like to know more about these communities or are interested in planting or joining one, please contact: [email protected]. Alternatively you can explore more below about the communities here in the UK:

PunkMonk: Read the book about the beginnings of Boiler Rooms.