What's in a name?
Why 'Boiler Rooms'? Explaining the name
The first 24-7 prayer community was nicknamed 'The Boiler Room’ without much thought. However, the nickname caught on and is now used to describe a global family of missional and monastic communities.
The name turned out to be significant and meaningful. Back in the age of steam, unglamorous boiler rooms powered everything from vast machines in factories to household heating systems. It is as we stoke the fires of intercession and mission in our modern-day boiler rooms, that 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 where Spurgeon was speaking – in which people would pray as the great pastor preached.
Five young college students were spending a Sunday in London, so they went to hear the famed C.H. Spurgeon preach. While waiting for the doors to open, the students were greeted by a man who asked, "Gentlemen, let me show you around. Would you like to see the heating plant of this church?"
They were not particularly interested, for it was a hot day in July. But they didn't want to offend the stranger, so they consented. The young men were taken down a stairway, a door was quietly opened, and their guide whispered, "This is our heating plant." Surprised, the students saw 700 people bowed in prayer, seeking a blessing on the service that was soon to begin in the auditorium above.
Softly closing the door, the gentleman then introduced himself. It was none other than Charles Spurgeon