NU Online News Service, Feb. 23, 2004, 9:41 p.m. EST – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Minneapolis, will be funneling extra support services to a core group of financial associates.[@@]

The fraternal benefit society has designated 275 of its 2,600 financial associates “financial consultants.”

The financial consultants will have more access to advanced education, fee-based planning tools and corporate center support, Thrivent says.

To qualify for financial consultant status, associates must pass licensing exams, work toward advanced industry designations and reach sales production targets.