The 2013 ASI International Convention in Orlando, Florida, featured seminars on a variety of topics pertaining to outreach and prophecy.
Convention seminars are designed to encourage and equip those who attend to serve others and to share Christ in their workplaces and personal spheres of influence. Topics are both spiritual and practical, with plenty of opportunities for meaningful interaction. Presenters share points of personal conviction as well as from experience and training.
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SEARCH PARTY: RECLAIMING PRODIGAL BROTHERS AND SISTERS (Thurs., 10:45 a.m.)
Edgar Williams will present his personal conversion testimony, sharing the conversion miracles that led him into ministry. He will also discuss practical do's and don'ts for reconnecting with those who no longer attend the Adventist church.
EDGAR M. WILLIAMS is the owner/operator of a home inspection company and radon testing lab. He drifted away from the church for 42 years, but through tragedy God's hand led him home. In 2008, he founded FARM (Former Adventist Recovery Ministries) to fill a ministry void in the church. He is married with three children and four grandchildren.
ONE-ON-ONE WITNESSING (Thurs., 3:30 p.m.)
Most people do not lead others to Jesus by preaching to a multitude, but rather through loving and patient one-on-one interaction. In this seminar, Pastor Batchelor will examine the techniques and approach of the great master evangelist, Jesus. Through exploring Christ’s exchanges with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman at the well, volumes can be learned regarding practical one-on-one witnessing in our daily lives.
DOUG BATCHELOR is the president and speaker for Amazing Facts Ministries and the senior pastor of the Sacramento Central Church. His biblical teaching programs can be seen daily on national television cable networks and globally by satellite. He also hosts the Bible Answers Live call-in radio program heard every Sunday night across North America on more than 325 radio stations. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including The Richest Caveman: The Doug Batchelor Story; Caveman Theology; Broken Chains, Beyond Mercy, At Jesus’ Feet, Who Do You Think You Are? and Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage. Pastor Doug is a man of vision and deep spirituality, yet his down-to-earth approach and spontaneous humor enable him to communicate with both Christian and secular audiences. He enjoys flying, scuba diving, riding quads, and playing guitar. He and his wife, Karen, have five children.
ASI NEW BEGINNINGS/ABUNDANT LIFE TRAINING (Fri., 10:45 a.m.)
THE ASI NEW BEGINNINGS evangelism training program was developed by ASI in 2000 and has been used in conjunction with the General Conference initiative to train 5 million lay people worldwide to share God's end-time message of truth with the world. Thousands have been trained to use the New Beginnings evangelism materials to do evangelism in their own churches and communities. This lay-training initiative has been successfully field tested in Southeast Asia, InterAmerica, and the former Soviet Union. The New Beginnings DVD series has been adapted and translated for use around the globe and is in its second, updated iteration. Learn how to use the New Beginnings materials for evangelism in your home, business, or community.
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LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION FOR TODAY'S MIND IN TODAY'S WORLD (Fri., 3:30 p.m.)
This seminar will feature current, front-line stories and fresh techniques of Adventists across the globe reaching out to strangers and spreading the present truth through the distribution of tracts.
BILL KRICK has served for the past 14 years as the Literature Ministries director for Central California Conference, the cradle of California Youth Rush and GLOW programs. His great-great-grandfather became a Seventh-day Adventist when a faithful worker made a personal visit. For 22 consecutive summers, Bill has engaged in soul-winning literature work. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather, and two daughters, Savannah and Heidi.
NELSON ERNST is the co-founder and leading director of GLOW, a literature distribution ministry that started in California and has spread across the globe, printing nearly 30 million tracts since its inception in 2007. Nelson is an energy-filled speaker who has up-to-date outreach stories and training tips to help activate church members young and old.
THE ADVENTIST HEALTH MESSAGE: THE KEY TO OPTIMAL WITNESS & SPIRITUAL HEALTH (Thurs., 10:45 a.m.)
While mainstream media has become preoccupied with the physical and mental health benefits of an optimal lifestyle, few are looking at lifestyle's impact on our spiritual life and witness. However, a growing body of evidence testifies to the fact that the Adventist Health message transcends mere health benefits, providing the foundation for the most powerful witness and the most unobstructed communion with our loving Creator and Savior. Don't miss this life-changing look at the growing relevance of the Adventist health message.
DAVID DEROSE, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine and preventive medicine specialist. He works with Weimar’s NEWSTART program and is a faculty member at both Weimar College and the new H.E.A.L.T.H. program (Health Evangelism and Leadership Training for Him). Dr. DeRose’s passion is connecting health ministry with the gospel—revealing God’s loving health instruction to bless His children as opposed to presenting restrictive health rules or dictums.
INTENTIONAL HEALTH EVANGELISM (Thurs., 3:30 p.m.)
What does it mean when we state that "health is the right arm of the message"? Health evangelism should be fun, engaging, relevant, easy to learn, and effective. It should lead people to the foot of the cross. Discover resources, media (some of which will blow you away!), programs, and seminars you can draw from in your outreach efforts. Come and find out how to do this in your community. There will be a 60-minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.
RANDY BIVENS, MD, graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, then completed an internal medicine internship and diagnostic radiology residency. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology. He currently works part-time in radiology and full-time in lifestyle medicine. He is president of three corporations, board member for several non-profits, and executive vice–president of Life and Health Network.
WEIGHTY CHALLENGES TO THE ADVENTIST HEALTH MESSAGE (Fri., 10:45 a.m.)
Today's scientists, physicians, and journalists are exploring novel and not-so-novel approaches to the obesity epidemic. Their comments and reasoning may tempt us to consider the health message we've been given to be antiquated or obsolete—maybe even wrong. This presentation explores the new and not-so-new voices, comparing current recommendations with specific counsels given to God's people to share with the world.
ZENO CHARLES-MARCEL, MD, is a medical missionary physician, health educator, and academic and hospital administrator. His research interests include lifestyle medicine, and connections between spirituality and health. He studied physics and physiology at McGill University, and zoology (with honors) and medicine at Howard University. He specialized in internal medicine at Loma Linda University. He is currently the vice president for medical affairs at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital, and holds academic appointments at Montemorelos and Loma Linda Universities. He and his wife, Anita, have three sons.
APPLYING WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW (Fri., 3:30 p.m.)
While “new” health-related information continues to bombard us on a regular basis, we often have a difficult time applying what we already know. In this seminar, Dr. Sutliffe will discuss how to apply principles making lasting health behavior changes.The primary goal is to facilitate putting health knowledge into action.
JAY SUTLIFFE, PHD, is a professor in the Health Sciences Department at Northern Arizona University. He holds degrees in food & nutrition/dietetics, health education, and public health, and is also a registered dietitian with more than 25 years of experience. He and his wife, Chloe, have owned two restaurants/health food store operations and have a passion to assist people of all ages in living an abundant life.
ADVENTISM'S PROPHETIC ROLE IN THE GREAT CONTROVERSY (Thurs., 10:45 a.m.)
The 2300 day prophecy of Daniel 8:14 identifies the second advent movement. Attend this seminar and take a closer look at how the cross and the advent movement are inseparably linked through the longest time prophecy in Scripture. Learn important connections between the 70-week prophecy as it relates to the Messiah and the 2300 days, and see how Christ's work on the cross and in the sanctuary in heaven are integrally connected.
NORMAN MCNULTY, MD, is a board-certified neurologist practicing in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Prior to starting his neurology practice, he served for two years as a missionary at the Adventist hospital in Trinidad. He trained at Loma Linda University. He enjoys studying and speaking about prophecy in his free time. He has also been involved in several young adult ministries in the United States. He is married to Joelle, and they have one daughter, Saralyn.
ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY, AND PROPHECY: SIGNS OF TIME (Thurs., 3:30 p.m.)
The interconnected relationship between history and prophecy has been a hallmark of Protestant and Adventist interpretation for centuries, but today historicism is being challenged as never before. Learn how archaeology can support the historicist interpretation of prophecy by providing lessons of fulfilled prophecy as signs of time given by the God who acts in history. Be challenged to live your life for Him in a world that is running out of time.
MICHAEL HASEL, PHD, is professor of Near Eastern studies and archaeology at Southern Adventist University, as well director of SAU's Institute of Archaeology and Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum. He has published widely and has appeared on documentaries for Anchor Point Films, National Geographic, the Hope Channel, and 3ABN. Most recently, he spoke on archaeology and the Bible for the NET 2011 series that broadcast throughout North America.
END-TIME EVENTS: WHAT DID WE KNOW, AND WHEN DID WE KNOW IT? (Fri., 10:45 a.m.)
Repeatedly in Adventist history, there has been a fascinating parallel between world events and moments of unique opportunity for the church. At times when providence opened the door for quick advances by the Advent message, secular world events followed a repeated pattern, recognizable in the world today, that blocked those opportunities unless God’s people moved very quickly. With that historical pattern, and with the advice given by the Spirit of Prophecy, what should our priorities be?
LEWIS WALTON is a tax attorney in Los Angeles. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego where he earned nearly a dozen academic awards, he is the author of thirteen books and has lectured around the world, from Perth, Australia, to Moscow. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a news broadcaster, reporting major stories including the Cuban Missile Crisis and a year later the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Walton practices tax law with his son, Richard, an honors graduate of Georgetown who has served as an attorney advisor to the United States Tax Court.
'WE THE PEOPLE" AND CHRIST'S COUNTER-REVOLUTION (Fri., 3:30 p.m.)
Based on Mark 15 and Revelation 13, this seminar examines current events in light of Bible prophecy. The fickle crowd dynamics at Christ’s trial parallels today’s political and religious crowd. As our nation's founders predicted, this foment is leading to the dissolution of our Constitution. But Christ is preparing those who will listen and learn—as He did His disciples—for a greater revolutionary calling in these last days.
GREG HAMILTON is president of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA), a non-partisan government relations and workplace mediation services program that champions religious freedom and human rights for all people and institutions of faith in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. In 2010, Greg and his team successfully spearheaded the effort to pass the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act. Greg did his graduate work at the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University and wrote the seminal work “Sandra Day O’Connor’s Judicial Philosophy on the Role of Religion in Public Life.” Greg writes articles and presents lectures all over the world. Greg lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife, Laura.
Business & Nonprofit
WITNESSING MADE SIMPLE (Thurs., 10:45 a.m.)
Some call ASI members "movers and shakers," but a better description may be "doers and sharers"—sharing Christ in our marketplaces. We are called to "go into all the world" as witnesses. This doesn't have to be complicated or costly. "Witnessing Made Simple" will give you an almost endless list of simple and effective witnessing ideas. Many resources are available to help you live a lifestyle of witnessing. Attend this seminar if you want to be inspired, motivated, and equipped to share the gospel effectively and winningly.
BARBARA TAYLOR attended the University of Denver and has been in sales and marketing for the past 30 years. Her sales and marketing experience has covered the hotel industry, General Mills, Lord Jeff Sportswear, Barlo Inc., Preco, and Between U.N.Me, Inc. She taught a course at the University of Colorado in Professional Women in Sales and Marketing. She was selected by Corporate Connection Magazine as one of "Six Women to Watch" in the 90s. Barbara resides in Copper Mountain, Colorado, where she is helping to plant a church.
TOP 10 WAYS TO LOSE YOUR TAX EXEMPT STATUS (Thurs., 3:30 p.m.)
Federal tax exemption can be a crucial element with regard to a nonprofit organization’s fundraising capabilities. Losing tax exempt status can have a devastating impact on the lifecycle of a nonprofit. It is important for officers and administrators of nonprofit organizations to have a basic understanding of the most common ways in which nonprofits can lose their tax exempt status. This presentation will take attendees through the 10 most common ways nonprofits can lose their tax exempt status and provide guidance on how these potentially disastrous scenarios can be avoided.
MIKE HAMBLIN is a Michigan attorney with a boutique business law practice focused on representing businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations in business and commercial litigation cases, as well as in a wide variety of transactional and contract matters. Mr. Hamblin is a graduate of Andrews University and earned his law degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
USING YOUR BUSINESS PLATFORM FOR EVANGELISM (Fri., 10:45 a.m.)
Whatever your business or profession, it's possible to harness that platform to share Christ in the marketplace. What are God's limitations? What happens when God is in charge? Hear one businessman's testimony about the witnessing opportunities God has provided through the business he conducts.
RADIM PASSER is a chairman of the board of PASSERINVEST GROUP, which has ranked among the most recognized development companies on the Czech market ever since Radim accepted Jesus to his life in 1998. He founded Maranatha organization in 2002. Radim is married and has two sons, Radim and Samuel.
TEAM APPROACH TO HEALTH, HEALING, AND HOPE (Fri., 3:30 p.m.)
This seminar will focus on how God used a small, weekly health and nutrition class in Dr. Lawrence's dental office as a bridge to Bible study. It will also show how the collaborative effort of physicians, nutritionists, lay pastors, vegan cooks, musicians, and Bible workers helped to expand this small Bible study into a major evangelistic series. Dr. Lawrence will also share practical tools used in the office to meet the physical and spiritual needs of his patients, and how that eventually led to baptisms.
WENDELL LAWRENCE, DDS, has been in practice as a dentist for more than 30 years in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Because of his passion for medical ministry, he holds weekly nutritional and Bible study classes for his patients and their family and friends. Dr. Lawrence has had tremendous success in his outreach efforts. He attributes that success to always putting God first in business and in ministry. He also credits his loving wife, Linda, who is his business and ministry partner.
HOW MAINSTREAM MEDIA DESTROYS FAMILIES (Thurs., 10:45 a.m.)
This presentation will address why God designed the family to be a parallel of the triune God. The greatest witness and evidence of the power of Christianity is a well-ordered, well-disciplined family. This recommends the truth as nothing else can, for it is a living witness of the gospel's practical power upon the heart. Some of Hollywood's biggest movies undermine key family roles, making wholesome family values seem undesirable. This seminar addresses how Hollywood attacks marriages and incites rebellion among the youth.
SCOTT MAYER was raised in an Adventist home in Paradise, California. He attended film school in college with high hopes of fulfilling his dream of working in the film and television business. Shortly after leaving college, he packed his bags and headed to tinsel town where he quickly found a job working as a cameraman in television. It didn't take long before the lures of the Hollywood lifestyle led Scott completely away from anything to do with God. He lived his life in the fast lane until God sent the right people at the right time to call him away from his destructive path. As a result of being asked to speak at a youth rally about his experience in Hollywood, "Battlefield Hollywood" was born—a presentation that takes an in-depth look at the effects media has on our minds and at how the devil is using the entertainment business to deceive many.
MINISTRY AND THE INTERNET (Thurs., 3:30 p.m.)
For many years, It Is Written has used the Internet as an integral part of its global evangelism outreach. John Bradshaw, speaker/director for It Is Written, shares proven insights as to how the Internet can be used effectively in various kinds of ministry. He also addresses the pitfalls you’ll want to avoid.
JOHN BRADSHAW is the speaker/director for It Is Written. His broadcasting career began in his home country of New Zealand, where he worked as a disc jockey for some of the nation’s top radio stations. Propelled by his desire to find Bible-based truth and a deeper Christian experience, he left that job in 1990. Six months after receiving a copy of the book The Great Controversy, he was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church where he met Melissa, his future wife. After their marriage, John worked for 12 years as a full-time public evangelist, presenting more than 80 evangelistic series. Wishing to put down roots, John pastored in Lexington, Kentucky, and College Place, Washington, before taking his current post with It Is Written in 2011. He speaks and presents evangelistic series around the world on behalf of It Is Written, as well as overseeing other projects including Escrito Está, It Is Written’s worldwide Spanish-language outreach; the weekly It Is Written television program, seen in more than 143 countries and now available on Sundays in the United States on the Discovery Channel; a weekly Bible radio broadcast; the My Place With Jesus Bible study website for kids; and the Eyes for India humanitarian project. He and Melissa have a son, Jacob, and a daughter, Shannon.
ELLEN WHITE OUTSIDE ADVENTISM (Fri., 10:45 a.m.)
This seminar covers apologetics, cutting edge material, and the most advanced research available on Ellen White. Learn powerful and thrilling ways to share her messages from the Lord with others. Find out why Ellen White was really right, and how her messages have had a tremendous influence on the non-Adventist world.
ANIL KANDA is a former Hindu with a Sikh background. Approximately 11 years ago, someone shared end-time prophecies with him, and he was transformed by the beautiful truths of God's Word. Anil has been involved in evangelism in many parts of the world and currently works as a pastor. You'll love his energetic approach to the Bible and his deep, provocative insights into life's toughest problems. Learn to share in the most precarious and challenging situations, making no apologies for what you believe!
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THE TAKEDOWN OF ANCIENT ISRAEL (Fri., 3:30 p.m.)
They were God’s chosen people, but that special designation ended with the stoning of Stephen in AD 34. What happened to Israel of old? What lessons can we as "modern Israel" learn from them? Are we repeating ancient Israel’s mistakes today? This seminar takes a chronological journey from just after the crossing of the Red Sea to the time of Christ, examining the central reasons Israel lost its special designation.
DWAYNE TURNER serves as a pastor in the Northeastern Conference. Pastor Turner has presented in-depth prophecy seminars throughout the United States and in many countries abroad, including England, Ghana, Canada, Jamaica, Aruba, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and most recently Indonesia. He currently pastors the Heritage Seventh-day Adventist Church in Queens, New York, and the New Jerusalem Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hempstead, New York. He and his wife, Jackie, have three children.