Eligibility & Term Limits
To serve as a board member, you must:
- Be a Thrivent Financial benefit or associate member, age 16 or older.
- Be a member of the chapter the board serves.
- Not be from the same household (residential mailing address) as other board members.
- Have internet and email access if serving in one of the following roles: records director, financial director, assistant financial director, communications director or director of congregational advocates.
Because a major objective of our chapter system is to get more Thrivent Financial members involved in volunteer leader positions, the chapter's Constitution includes term limit requirements. In addition, term limits are a common and good practice for successful boards to remain fresh and energized.
- All elected positions serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1 (or whenever appointed) and ending Dec. 31.
- Members may serve in leadership board positions for a maximum of four consecutive terms. After serving for four consecutive years, that member is required to take a one-year absence before serving again in an elected position on any chapter's leadership board.
- If an appointed member serves less than a full calendar year, but serves 180 days or more, the partial-year term counts as one full term toward the term-limit guidelines.
- Chapter advisors to the board don't have any term limits, but they're subject to reappointments by the newly elected chapter leaders each year. Regardless of when an advisor to the board is appointed, his or her service ends Dec. 31 of that year.
- If Joe serves in a chapter leadership position in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, he can't serve in an elected leadership position again until 2014.
- If Ted served in a chapter leadership position for more than 180 days of 2009, all of 2010, 2011 and 2012, this counts as four consecutive terms, and he can't serve as a board member again until 2014. If, in t example, Ted served in a chapter leadership position for less than 180 days in 2009, he could serve as a chapter board leader in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and then would have to take a year off.
- If Ted served in a chapter leadership position for ABC Chapter in 2009 and 2010, then moved and served in an elected leadership position for XYZ Chapter in 2011 and 2012, this counts as four consecutive terms, and he cannot serve in a leadership board position again – for any chapter – until 2014.
Adopt a Staggered-Term Process
Many chapters adopt a staggered-term process (e.g., elect two new people each year to replace two current leaders). This process produces the following benefits:
- Ensures that all the leaders won't leave the board at the same time.
- Allows chapters to retain experienced leaders who have a good understanding and background of the chapter system and procedures, the Care Abounds in Communities® program and the funding/requesting process.
- Brings new leaders with fresh ideas and energy.
- Helps prevent burnout that can occur among volunteer leaders.
- Can be an advantage to recruiting new people to chapter leadership board positions (e.g., they don't have to worry about being a life-time leader if they are elected).
If your chapter doesn't have a policy in place for succession planning, we encourage you to add it to the agenda of an upcoming meeting. Start thinking of people you can recruit for next year's board. Chapter leaders are responsible for recruiting successors, and many chapters ask leaders to recruit their replacements.
Verifying Chapter Leader Terms
To review which term each leader is serving, see the Leader Terms report in the Chapter Leadership Administration system. To access:
- Click "Chapter Leadership Administration."
- In the "Reports/Listings" category, click on the drop-down arrow and choose "Leader Terms" (be sure the current year is selected).
- Click "Go."