A note about recruiting in WELS congregations
As a Chapter Specialist, one of the greatest roles you serve is recruiting Congregational Champions and other volunteers for the Thrivent Builds Homes program. Please be aware that although Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)leaders commend the charitable work being done through the Thrivent Builds program, they consider involvement with Habitat for Humanity inconsistent with WELS fellowship principles.
For that reason the WELS Council of Presidents is discouraging its congregations from involvement in Thrivent Builds. Because of this, we ask that you refrain from targeting WELS congregations and recruiting WELS members for Congregational Champion roles. If you would like more information, visit www.thriventbuilds.com/resources and select Quick Reference Guides from the Search tools.
Now why would WELS/WELS members want to continue any relationship with Thrivent? 2010 is another big year for Thrivent/Habitat. There are WELS congregations actively participating in this ecumenical endeavor...even after the COP has advised against participation. Thrivent monies also go to support the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is a CHURCH that is not even Lutheran. Beliefs? Check them out? http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-dynamic-index/CE33D354A0544F368025732500314AF5?Opendocument