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Board Roles

The chapter membership elects the chapter leadership board. A minimum of five elected board members is required, but the board may include up to 10 members. The roles of president, records director and financial director are required to be filled. The board determines which additional roles to fill on their board and which leaders will fill them.

All elected chapter leadership board members have equal voting rights. Advisory roles do not have voting rights but are appointed by the leadership board to advise or consult with the elected leaders. Access to Chapter Leadership Administration is only available to elected board members.

Thrivent Financial benefit members serving in elected roles will receive Thrivent Choice Dollars® for their service, which they can direct to congregations, educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations. Associate members and chapter advisors do not receive Choice Dollars.

To get started, use the resources on the Member Leader Training page.

Required Roles

Every chapter leadership board must have members filling these roles:

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President
The president provides overall leadership to the chapter board. Examples include leading the board in strategic planning, scheduling and conducting regular meetings and facilitating decision making. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 110K)
Records Director
The records director provides leadership to the administrative functions of the leadership board. Examples include recording and entering meeting minutes online and receiving and processing correspondence from community service teams. It's estimated this role requires eight to 10 hours a month. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 208K)
Financial Director
The financial director plays a significant role in maintaining financial records for the chapter leadership board. The time required for this role depends on the number of service teams within the chapter and if an assistant financial director serves with the financial director, but averages about 15 hours a month. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 440K)

Optional Roles

The chapter leadership board ultimately determines which of the following roles need to be filled for an effective board:

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Vice President
The vice president provides leadership in the absence of the president. The person may be well-prepared to seek election to the presidency once the incumbent steps down. The vice president works with the communications director to invite elected officials to chapter activities. It's estimated this role requires six to 10 hours a month. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 128K)
Director of Congregational Advocates
The director of congregational advocates partners with Thrivent Financial representatives and congregational advocates to identify and encourage the use of charitable, social and educational resources to meet the needs of Thrivent Financial members and their congregations. They also help promote and encourage participation in charitable programs, such as Thrivent Choice® and Care Abounds in Communities®, at the congregational and community level. It's estimated this role requires 10 to 15 hours a month. See Working with Congregational Advocates (Link opens in new window) for information about how to recruit and train congregational advocates. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 194K)
Assistant Financial Director
The person in this role supports the financial director in maintaining financial records for the chapter leadership board. The average time required for this role is six to eight hours a month, depending on the number of service teams within the chapter. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 440K)
Communications Director
The person in this role supports service teams and the chapter as he or she communicates with the public. It's estimated this role requires eight to 10 hours a month. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 159K)
Community Service Team Director
In this role, the person supports community service teams. He or she encourages them to form and initiate activities to qualify for funding through the Care Abounds in Communities® program that support individuals, families and qualified not-for-profit organizations. The person plays a significant role in working to increase member engagement and growth. It's estimated this role requires four to five hours a month. Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 124K)
Events Director
The person works with the chapter leadership board and, in some cases, the Community Engagement Team (CET) to determine appropriate recognition and events sponsored by the chapter leadership board. It's estimated this role requires about four to six hours a month (could be more during "peak" events). Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 115K)
Youth Director
The person in this position looks for opportunities to involve youth in chapter and service team activities. It's estimated this role requires about six to eight hours a month (may increase around "peak" events). Understanding Your Role (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 222K)
Board Member-at-Large
While all elected members of the chapter leadership board are board members, the title of board member-at-large can be used for any chapter leadership board member that doesn't assume a specific role. This role has the same voting rights as other elected board members. It's designed to be a flexible role, where the person assists the chapter board with various duties, filling in where needed. While only one person can serve in each of the other elected roles, multiple people on the board can serve as a board member-at-large.

Appointed Advisory Roles

Those serving as advisors to the chapter leadership board must be Thrivent Financial benefit or associate members (age 16 or older). Those serving as advisors to the board do not have voting rights, do not have term limits, are appointed annually by the leadership board and are not eligible for additional Thrivent Choice Dollars®. Advisory roles include:

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Financial Representative Advisor
The person in this role provides advice to the administrative functions of the leadership board. They also can be a great resource for helping recruit future leaders. A financial representative advisor may serve in this role for more than one chapter. This role is estimated to require about two to six hours a month.
Internet Advisor
The person in this role maintains the chapter website, which is available through Lutherans Online (www.lutheransonline.com (Link opens in new window)). It's estimated this role requires six to eight hours a month. The following resources will help you get started:
Past President Advisor
This person provides advice to the chapter leadership board and may serve as a mentor to the president during their first year. The person also fills an honorary role as a part of the board. Ideally, only one past president would be appointed to the leadership board at a time. It's estimated this role requires two to four hours a month.
Program Advisor
The person in this position helps increase member engagement by staying current with Thrivent Financial programs that support the chapter members (e.g., Thrivent Financial Care Abounds in Communities). It's estimated this role requires four to six hours a month.

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