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).

UPCOMING WEBINARS (Please note that one of these webinars involves a fee):

FREE WEBINAR: Digital Ministry: What Ministry Leaders Need to Know
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Leader: Keith Anderson
The advent of digital social media provides many opportunities to build community, form faith, and share the Gospel. It also raises many questions about where to begin, which social media platforms to use and why, and how to make the most out of one’s limited time. In this webinar, Keith Anderson will share practical and actionable information, insights, and stories from around the church and from his decade of using social media in the parish setting, in order to equip ministry leaders for this brave new digital world. Whether you are just getting started on Facebook or pushing into Pinterest and podcasting, there is something for all experience and skill levels.

The Reverend Keith Anderson is a pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia, author of “The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World” (Morehouse, 2015), and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of the forthcoming “Click2Save REBOOT: The Digital Ministry Bible” (Morehouse 2018). Keith is a popular author, blogger, and speaker on how our digitally-integrated and networked culture shapes faith and the practice of ministry. His work focuses on the understanding and use of social media and emerging digital technologies for ministry, ministering in a culture of increasing religious non-affiliation, and extending the Gospel beyond our church buildings into local and digital gathering spaces. Keith employs a wide range of social media to minister on and offline in his own parish ministry. He also speaks and writes regularly about the practice of digital ministry and the impact of digital culture on face-to-face ministry. Keith received his pastoral training at Harvard Divinity School and The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.


This course runs from Monday May 14, 2018 through Monday, June 4, 2018.
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
Cost: $45
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Register here:

If you are a new Sunday school teacher or an experienced teacher who wants to grow, this three-week course on is for you. Sunday school superintendents and CE directors may also find the course useful for teacher training. We will be looking at teaching children from preschool through 6th grade as a calling and ministry. You will be able to access this course at your own convenience; a minimum of four to five hours per week is necessary to benefit from the course content.
Week one will cover faith development as well as children’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual age level characteristics. We’ll also explore ways of using prayer and spiritual practices with children. An overview of the Bible and Church History will be covered during week two. We will also look at the different types of curriculum available and the advantages and disadvantages of the different types. During the third week, we will cover lesson planning and the teaching environment including physical, spiritual, and social space. Finally, we’ll look at ways to partner with our students’ families and the rest of the congregation in their faith formation.
Take this opportunity to grow as a teacher, as you meet and interact with others sharing the blessings and challenges of children’s ministry!
Debbie Kolacki is a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. Her blogs include FaithGeeks and Practical Resources for Churches. She is also an online instructor Debbie is the senior consultant for PRC - Practical Resources for Churches where she works with people in all areas of ministry and leads webinars, workshops, and retreats.


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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