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PLUM Churches:

Bethany (Dormont)

Christ (Duquesne)

East Liberty

Hope (Forest Hills)

Immanuel (Irwin)

Luth. Church of Our Saviour

Messiah (Munhall)

Resurrection (Oakdale)

St. Andrew (East Carnegie)

St. Paul's (Canonsburg)


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If your church:

  • Does NOT have a pastor, or

  • Your pastor is planning to RETIRE, or

  • You have an INTERIM pastor...

       ...then please consider joining PLUM! 


If your congregation is interested in joining PLUM, then please contact one of our PLUM Pastors.  PLUM currently has enough pastors that we are easily able to incorporate more churches into our organization. 

 If you're reading this, then PLUM might be the miracle that you've been praying for!




So, if your church does not have a pastor, your pastor is planning to retire or you have an Interim pastor, then we would highly recommend that you consider joining PLUM.  You get immediate pastoral coverage (from FOUR pastors) and you can ‘try it out’ for a one-year trial period.  Also, your salary costs should decrease, since you would only be paying for less than one-half of a pastor’s salary (ten churches paying the salaries of four pastors)!  If you decide to join PLUM - and later decide to drop out - PLUM only asks that you give the group a one-year notice, so that the other PLUM churches have time to adjust their budgets.


The people in our PLUM congregations are so impressed with what PLUM has done for us, that many of them have offered to visit any interested church (such as a Church Council meeting) to tell you all about PLUM and how it has benefitted our churches.  For more information, feel free to contact the pastors directly or send us an email at plumofpa@comcast.net


Tell your friends!  Tell your neighbors!  Tell your congregation members about PLUM! 



What is PLUM?  Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM) is a cooperative ministry comprised of ten ELCA congregations in the Pittsburgh Area.  The purpose of PLUM is to provide pastoral support and joint activities shared by the member congregations. PLUM currently has ten full-member congregations.  The Ministry was founded by Rev. Beth Siefert and Rev. John Gropp in 2004 and currently has four full-time pastors. The member congregations share in financial support of the pastoral staff and in joint worship/outreach/fellowship activities - yet they maintain their independence and individuality as they minister to those in their respective communities.  PLUM provides a means by which small, struggling or pastor-less congregations can continue to exist and minister to their communities.  It is hoped that PLUM can be a model for other churches who need a way to survive while rebuilding their congregations


If we join, do we have to do only PLUM stuff?  The answer is NO!  Although we have many joint PLUM (group) activities, you always have the choice of whether or not you want to participate in any of them.  Also, if you do events in your community - or even with other churches in your area - you are still free to continue doing those (or even new) activities!  We WANT you to continue to provide a service to your community - that's the whole reason that PLUM exists.  Lately, in the Catholic church, their leadership has been closing struggling churches, which forces its parishioners to attend a different church...but, then there's no one to minister to that abandoned community!  PLUM was created to prevent that from happening to our smaller Lutheran churches!  PLUM wants you to be the active, growing, beating heart in your community.


Will we have to move our Worship Service time?  The answer is...probably.  In order for our pastors to be able to preach on Sunday mornings to ten churches, they must 'stagger' the Worship Service times.  The Sunday morning Worship Service times are 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  Our four PLUM pastors (and several Sunday 'Supply' pastors) go to the PLUM churches that have 9:15 Services.  Then, once those Services are done, the pastors travel to the PLUM churches that have the 11:15 Services.  Before we joined PLUM, my own church had a 10:30 Worship Service.  Once we joined PLUM, we moved our Worship Service to 11:15, to fit into the PLUM Worship Schedule.  Although changing our Worship Service time had us a little nervous, we made the change with no problems at all.  Even the people who were always late to the 10:30 Service, were still late to the 11:15 Service!


If you have more questions, please contact one of our PLUM Pastors.  They would be more than willing to answer all of your questions!




Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773