Resource Center

Located at 9625 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. The Resource Center is on the ground floor of the Synod Office. Phone: 412-367-8222.  

The center is usually open Monday - Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is always best to call or email in advance to schedule time at the center. Closings occur due to conflicts with meetings, consultations, etc., and we want to make certain someone is available to assist you!

Our goal is to provide you with quality, vetted resources and a hospitable space in which you may browse through our resources or engage in networking and learning opportunities. On entrance to the Resource Center the guest experiences newly released books, curricula, DVDs, and other items of timely interest to preview. The two rear rooms house our remodeled networking/education space and our collection of printed and media resources.

Resources may be requested in person, by email (, phone or using our online catalog to access the database (see below).

Lent Resources for 2018, Free Webinars, and more!  For current information and links, download the document below:

Resources and Webinars for Lent 2018 Resources and Webinars for Lent 2018 (151 KB)

"Heading Into Uncharted Territory (without Google Maps)"

Saturday, April 14, 2018; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;
Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church;
517 Sangree Road; Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Registration $20

Our communities are changing around us. Some congregations feel helpless, if not completely immobilized. Others shout, “We’re ready! Help us lead into this new frontier well!” Maybe you and your congregation fall somewhere in between. The ultimate goal of our time together is to leave the event with a specific action plan for your congregation!

Join SWPA Synod congregation leaders and rostered ministers on Saturday, April 14 from 9am-3pm as Rev. Dave Daubert of Day 8 Strategies guides us in new ways of navigating change in our communities.
Your $20 registration includes lunch and a copy of Rev. Daubert's new book: The Invitational Christian.

For more information, and a flyer, please click below:

Heading into Uncharted Territory Flyer Heading into Uncharted Territory Flyer (229 KB)


Article featuring Deacon Beth Caywood, Director of our Southwestern PA Synod Resource Center.  Download a scanned copy, below: (The March issue is not yet available online):


FREE Webinar: "Disruption: Repurposing the Church."

Thursday, March 15, 2018; 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Leader: Mark DeYmaz
An increasingly diverse and cynical society will no longer find credible the mere explanation of theological truth apart from effective community engagement. Advancing the common good, then, and thus the very Gospel, itself, must involve more than mere words, and the building of large congregations filled with people of a similar race, class, or cultural background. In this present future, our common confession must be validated by concrete action and accompanying measurable results along spiritual, social and economic fronts. Indeed this is the expectation of Christ in Matthew 5:16 and of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10. Whether you're in an existing church or soon-to-be church planter, don't miss this first ever presentation designed to help you advance disruption innovation, effective community engagement, and maximize your church's influence in the community.

Mark DeYmaz, a recognized leader in the Multi-ethnic Church Movement, planted the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas in 2001 where he continues to serve as Directional Leader. In 2004, he co-founded the Mosaix Global Network with Dr. George Yancey and today serves as its president, and convenor of the triennial National Multi-ethnic Church Conference. Mark has written six books including his latest, “Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community” (Thomas Nelson, March 2017). He is an Adjunct Professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and teaches D.Min. courses at seminaries across the country including TEDS, Western, and Phoenix, where he earned his own D.Min. in 2006.


The Resource Center CATALOG is available online.  Click HERE to access approximately 2,000 resources entered in the catalog--with new resources added weekly.

For additional ideas see the Association of Lutheran Resource Centers (ALRC) on Facebook page or Pinterest.


Our ministry is about making connections! We encourage individuals as well as congregations and their leaders to share their gifts and resources.  We invite you to the Resource Center to engage in conversation and learning with others, for consultations to discern theologically sound and culturally relevant curriculum for your congregation's programs, and to preview and borrow resources to equip the members of your congregation for mission and ministry in your context. We also welcome all members of our congregations to come browse new and classic resources for individual nourishment of their faith journeys.


The Resource Center is made possible through our synod's mission support. Monetary donations are always welcome. Due to space restrictions we cannot receive all donations of books and DVDs. Please contact the Resource Center in advance for more information on donations of resources.

We welcome your time and talents. If you would be interested in volunteer service at the center, please contact us for additional information on the current needs. Thank you for your support of this important ministry!

Your time is important to us! Holiday schedules coincide with those established by the Synod Office. Meetings, consultations, etc. may occasionally close the Resource Center during regular hours. If at all possible, please call in advance to make certain someone is available to assist you.

Deacon Elizabeth A. Caywood
Director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod Resource Center
and Coordinator, ELCA Resource Centers



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