Select a template - There are six mailing templates available:
Two- and four-page newsletters.
Thrivent Builds announcement postcard.
Preview and revise before submitting - You can preview and revise the text online as often as you want before submitting the mailing for approval and distribution. You can see how your mailing will look on the paper chapter stationery before submitting it. You are not able to preview the electronic version that a member will view. Always use the Print Preview feature before submitting a mailing request.
Authorize the mailing cost - When submitting the mailing, you will be asked to check a box indicating that you have calculated the estimated cost (eDelivery mailings are free) of the mailing and authorize the withdrawal of the actual cost from your chapter's checking account upon approval of the mailing. The mailing will not be submitted until this box is checked. While creating your mailing, you have the option of ordering up to 50 additional paper copies. These are of no cost to you.
Utilize prewritten articles and paragraphs - Don't know what to say in your newsletter? A feature called Common Articles (Link opens in new window) allows you to copy text that has been written for you and place it in your mailing. Prewritten articles that describe your chapter, the Care programs, Thrivent Builds activities and many other chapter-related topics are available.
Select your audience - You can mail to all your chapter members, or you can target members in certain cities or ZIP codes within your chapter. Note: The election invitation is automatically mailed to all chapter members. You can request additional paper copies to hand out at chapter meetings and other activities.
With the exception of the election invitations, you have the option to send mailings to congregational advocates only. A "Congregational Advocates" segmentation option is available on the Mailing Options page that allows the chapter to send newsletters and postcards (U.S. mail or eDelivery) to congregational advocates only. There also are prewritten articles/paragraphs available for congregational advocate mailings via the Common Articles (Link opens in new window) area.
Distribution process - After you submit your mailing request to Thrivent Financial, it will either be printed and placed in the mail within three to five business days, or members preferring eDelivery will receive an email to view your mailing soon after approval. The mailing is also automatically posted on your chapter website for anyone to read.
As soon as the request is placed into an approved status, you will receive a confirmation stating the actual cost of mailings sent by U.S. mail and the number of households the mailings were sent to, as well as the actual number of emails sent via eDelivery.
The system stores the mailings you've sent during the year and keeps track of who you sent them to. You also can store mailing drafts on the system and revise them whenever you want before submitting them for approval and distribution.