Member Led Workshops
Chapter operating funds and Care Abounds in Communities® program funds can be used to support certain educational workshops led by members or Thrivent Financial representatives. Supporting these workshops provides an opportunity to appeal to a different group of members than those who volunteer. It's also another way a chapter can have a presence in congregations and community settings, and it helps meet the needs of members.
Following is a list and brief description of the Thrivent educational workshops that can be supported with chapter funds.
- Heart-to-Heart: As Your Parents Age
As your parents age, are you ready to help them? During this interactive, educational workshop, participants will gain:
- An understanding of their parents' vision for the future.
- Information to make decisions on their parents' behalf.
- Tips for starting heart-to-heart conversations.
Audience: Adult children with aging parents.
Length: 60 – 70 minutes
- Identity Theft: What You Need to Know
Identity theft can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. During this award-winning educational workshop, participants learn:
- How identity theft can occur.
- Tips to protect themselves.
- Steps to take if identity theft happens to them.
Audience: Adults age 18 and older.
Length: 50 minutes
- Making a Difference: Sharing Your Time, Talents and Treasures
Looking for ways to make your giving more meaningful? This workshop will help you:
- Identify the values that are most important to you.
- Explore ways to share your resources to make a difference.
- Create a personal giving plan.
Audience: Adults ages 25 – 55. Also good for couples and families.
Length: 60 minutes
- More Than Money Matters®
This interactive workshop is for people who want to more actively manage their money in a way that aligns with their values. It contains a DVD that explains the financial concepts covered. The four part series includes:
- Setting SMART goals.
- Finding money to save.
- Understand credit and debt.
- Create a balanced spending plan.
Audience: Adults mid-20s and older.
Length: Four 50 or 60-minute sessions
- Parents, Kids and Money Matters® (led by a Thrivent representative)
This interactive, values-based workshop takes a unique stewardship approach to talking to children about money management – share, save and spend..
Parents receive a resource guide to help continue the conversation at home with their children. The kids receive a Money Smart piggy bank.
Audience: Parents and their children ages 6 – 10.
Length: 50 minutes
- Parents, Teens and Money Matters® (led by a Thrivent representative)
This interactive workshop is designed for young teens (ages 11 – 14) and their parents. It uses dialogue, activities and a game format to spark an open discussion about values, money, influences and choices.
Parents receive a resource guide to help continue the discussion of money and values with their teens. Teens receive the Cash Cache, a personal finance planner.
Audience: Parents and their teen children ages 11 – 14.
Length: 50 minutes
- Thrivent Choice® Event
Thrivent Choice® is a member-advised charitable grant program from Thrivent that makes it easy for you to help make a difference. This informational event can help teach participants how they can recommend where Thrivent distributes a portion of its charitable outreach funds this year.
The event will help participants understand:
- What is Thrivent Choice?
- Who is eligible to participate and how.
- How Choice Dollars® grant funds can benefit organizations that matter most to them.
Audience: Thrivent benefit members who are eligible to participate in Thrivent Choice Dollars® and anyone who would like to learn more.
Length: Approximately 30 to 60 minutes. The event is designed for flexibility in presentation, based on the makeup of your audience and the amount of questions participants ask.
Chapter Support & Promotion of Workshops
With the approval and desire of the chapter leadership board or congregational advocate team:
- Chapter operating funds and Care Abounds in Communities program funds can be used to support the educational workshops listed above, such as paying for refreshments, meal, pens/pencils, workbooks, invitations, promotional materials, etc. (Note: While chapters or congregational advocate teams may pay for workbooks, the Thrivent representative needs to order them. If the chapter has agreed to pay for educational supplies that the Thrivent representative ordered, it is OK for the chapter to issue a check to the financial representative to reimburse those costs. The chapter must retain the receipt.)
- Chapter newsletters, postcards and websites can be used to announce an educational workshop. Prewritten paragraphs (Link opens in new window) for each workshop are available for chapters to use.
- Chapter members can volunteer at workshops (e.g., help with pre-registration of attendees, help with the pre-workshop, follow-up phone calls to attendees to encourage attendance).
- More than one chapter or more than one congregation can cohost a workshop.
If your chapter is working with a financial representative to conduct a Thrivent educational workshop:
- Work with the financial representative or event lead to submit the workshop through the Online Registration Tool.1
- Share the news, and direct members, congregations and community members to Find Events & Workshops (Link opens in new window) to learn more and to RSVP. No login is required.
Suggested Script for Hosting a Workshop
Chapter leaders can use the prewritten script (Word, 28K) for suggested wording to introduce and close a chapter-hosted educational activity.
Reporting an Educational Workshop
Report the activity as a Care Abounds in Communities® educational activity if those funds are used.
If chapter operating funds are used, report the activity as a locally supported activity:
- From the Chapter Leadership Administration page, select Report Locally Supported Activity Results (e.g., Join Hands Day, meetings, elections, hands-on service and fund-raising activities).
- Click "Go."
- Select the "Administrative/Educational" category from the drop-down box.
- Click "Continue."
- Select "Local Education" from the drop-down box.
- Click "Continue."