The 2014 ASI International Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will feature seminars on a variety of topics.
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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Lift Him Up (Grand Gallery E-F)
In 1892, Ellen White wrote that “the loud cry of the third angel has already begun.” Two months later, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg told the delegates of the General Conference that the key to the loud cry was Isaiah 58. His words went unreported in the General Conference Daily Bulletin, and were forgotten for more than a century. But was he right? What started the loud cry? Abstract theology, applied theology, or both? The history is fascinating, but the present-day promise of a renewed and revitalized full-scope gospel of health is showing its evangelistic power. Join us for a fresh look at God’s end-time plan.
DAVE FIELDLER has taught elementary, secondary, and collegiate classes in various Seventh-day Adventist schools. His book, Hindsight: Seventh-day Adventist History in Essays and Extracts, came from his appreciation for the lessons Adventist history. Since 2008, he and his family have been working to put those lessons to work in a practical way through Adventist City Missions, Inc.
DON MACKINTOSH is the health evangelism leadership program director and campus chaplain at Weimar Institute. A pastor and former emergency room nurse, he helped to develop and host a half-hour program, “Health for a Lifetime” ,that aired on 3ABN. He also developed the “From Health to Him” seminar, and authored the “What’s the Connection?” DVD series. He has also developed a new series of studies on Daniel and Revelation and the sanctuary, as well as putting together the Gospel Workers training course. He and his wife, Luminitsa, have four chlldren: Elizabeth, Katherine, Donald, and James.
The Uplifted Lamb (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)
The book of Revelation is like none other. The sights, sounds, odors, voices, and thunderings mix with a jarring juxtaposition of images and Old Testament references to create a continuous assault on the mind. This seminar will help you see the Great Controversy as the key to unlocking Revelation’s meaning. By exploring the pivotal role and position of Revelation 4 and 5, it will become clear that the crisis in heaven is only resolved through the Uplifted Lamb.
STEVEN GRABINER first met Jesus Christ through a lay-run vegetarian restaurant ministry. Having been born into a Jewish home and immersed in counter-culture, this dynamic encounter with Jesus as the Messiah transformed Steven's life. He quickly began sharing his faith and newly-found Friend, working in city ministries in New York and Boston, and then in pastoral ministry. More recently, he had the privilege of working in Zambia for close to a decade, training laity to be evangelists and Bible workers. Currently serving as president of Outpost Centers International, Steven travels frequently, conducting seminars on topics such as the book of Revelation, apologetics, and leadership principles.
“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history” (Life Sketches, p. 196). In this seminar, Ron Duffield discusses how the Lord desired to return soon after 1844, how He began to send the latter rain, and how He gave the loud cry in 1888. Although the proclamation of this message around the country brought about resistance in many people, positive results still took place. In this session, we will glean many lessons from our past history that are beneficial today.
RON DUFFIELD is a fifth-generation Seventh-day Adventist. His great-great-grandfather even attended the 1888 General Conference. Ron and his wife spent nearly fifteen years at Weimar Institute where he served in the NEWSTART program and as college librarian. There he began his work on "The Return of the Latter Rain", published in 2010. The second volume in the series, "Wounded in the House of His Friends," will be published in 2014. Ron currently works as a respiratory therapist in Walla Walla, Washington.
Lift Him Up: Evangelism's Last and Only Hope (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)
How the message of Christ our righteousness saved me and transformed my evangelism ministry.
WILL PERGERSON is an ordained pastor and evangelist who while in college yielded to God’s call to become a fisher of men. Eight years into ministry the message of Christ our righteousness changed his life and added new life and power to his ministerial call. William has witnessed the power of this message change lives from Alberta to Ghana to Long Island and many places in between! William, Sharon and their two children hope to bring some joy to the heart of God by encouraging others to enter into the kingdom of Heaven by lifting up the Savior.
Health (Monroe B-D)
Fit & free! is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle workshop that will empower you to share specialized presentations addressing clinical, lifestyle, mental, and spiritual health. In this seminar you will be introduced to dynamic new tools that will empower you to TEACH important topics and concepts relating to chronic disease, fitness, and brain health; DEMONSTRATE practical, balanced lifestyle principles for consistent healthful choices; MOTIVATE participants on how to nurture an internal mental environment to push through obstacles, addictions, and setbacks; and CONNECT others with God, teach special truths, and gain decisions for Christ.
EVELYN KISSINGER is currently the nutrition director for Lifestyle Matters as well as a registered dietitian and wellness expert. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degree in business from Andrews University. Evelyn has spoken and taught worldwide, developing and implementing wellness programs, books, and teaching materials for more than 30 years. She is also the director of Lifestyle Matters at Work, which delivers corporate wellness programs.
VICKI GRIFFIN is the director of the Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention series and the Fit & Free! Building Brain and Body Health series; the director of Health Ministries for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; and the editor of Balance magazine and the Balanced Living tract series. As an author, speaker, teacher, and program developer, Vicki lectures and travels worldwide sharing the lifestyle link to better mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Transforming the Mind (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)
Amazing! In His life, Jesus experienced the repentance that enabled Him to physiologically develop the righteous character He longs to impart to each of us—the character He longs for each of us to experience through faith in God. During this presentation, Dan will unravel the practicality of this profoundly encouraging and healing biblical concept.
DAN GABBERT has worked for the last decade of his 28 years of full-time ministry as a mental/spiritual wellness coach at the Black Hills Health and Education Center, located in Hermosa, South Dakota. Dan and his wife, Patsy, provide practical health tools for the special people who come to BHHEC seeking physical, mental, and spiritual restoration.
Are depression and anxiety sinful? What does the Bible say about addiction? And how does God heal hearts devastated by abuse? Is there such a thing as biblical counseling—or must we refer people to humanistic psychologists to solve emotional brokenness? We talk much about God’s design for physical health, but healthy bodies often only conceal shattered hearts. God’s greatest desire is not that we merely have healthy bodies, but that we be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). Discover the biblical tools the God of love uses to heal hearts broken by abuse, addiction, codependency, marital strife, and many other painful emotional battles. God wants to use you to set captives free!
NICOLE PARKER has a passion to help people understand the love of God and its power to bring both spiritual and emotional healing. When she is not busy mothering her three energetic children, she enjoys ministering alongside her husband of 13 years, Dr. Alan Parker. They reside in Collegedale, Tennessee. Nicole holds a master’s degree in biblical counseling, and is currently working on a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Andrews University.
Essentials Ingredients for Successful Local Church Health Outreach (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)
Many churches experiment with various programs to reach their communities for Christ. Often they become discouraged because these approaches do not seem to bring the desired results. This workshop will examine the fundamentals of building sustainable and successful church-based community health outreach programs.
FRED HARDINGE is a professor in the Health Sciences Department at Northern Arizona University. He holds degrees in food and 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 restaurant/health food store operations and have a passion to assist people of all ages in living an abundant life.
Organizational Management (Monroe A)
Develop an Effective Marketing Strategy (Thursday, 10:45 a.m.)
Join Mark Cromwell in this session to discover simple marketing approaches that not only will grow your business or ministry, but even more importantly will help promote your church programs. You’ll discover the three basic steps to a proven marketing plan. And you’ll learn how to master a marketing strategy that will produce results!
MARK CROMWELL founded Ad Trends Advertising, Inc. in 1991. In his 23 years in advertising, Mark has developed and executed successful marketing programs for numerous clients - local, regional, and national.
Sharing Christ in the marketplace goes far beyond sharing words and giving Bible studies. Who we are, what we do, and how we do it sends a message far louder than our words. These less tangible characteristics, shaped by our personal habits and the organizational culture, often defeat our well-intended efforts to witness. Just how do we achieve a personal character and an organizational culture that will be a witness for the excellent God we serve? This seminar will examine the steps needed to build a culture of excellence, both personally and within an organization. It covers strategies for recognizing and overcoming the seven pitfalls of mediocrity, as well as methods to encourage and cultivate the seven attributes of a culture of excellence. It will equip you to narrow the gap between mediocrity and excellence, making excellence the norm.
ROB NEALL serves as a Bible and history instructor, registrar, and director of Ringers of Hope Bell Choir at Ouachita Hills Academy. His passion for combined excellence and ministry has inspired and motivated students to reach physical, mental, and moral excellence in every sphere of life. He and his wife, Christine, currently reside in Amity, Arkansas, with their two young children, Elliot and Elizabeth.
The teachings of Jesus on leadership come from an entirely different platform than much of the secular world’s approach. History reveals leaders who were very skilled, but whose outcomes were terrible. Lucifer was one of the greatest experts in technique, but few would call him a great leader. On the other hand, Jesus not only was amazingly competent, but also was known by countless millions as the greatest of all leaders. We will take a look at biblical principles of leadership that build on the Master’s foundation.
JAY GALLIMORE has been president of the Michigan Conference since November 1990. Previously he served as Conference Secretary and Ministerial Director of the Michigan Conference. He has served as Director of the Northwest Ministries Training Center for the North Pacific Union Conference, Associate Ministerial Director in the Kansas-Nebraska Conference and as a pastor in both Kansas-Nebraska and the Carolina Conference. He graduated from Southern Missionary College and Andrews University with an M.A. in Religion. He and his wife, Linda, have a married daughter, Alicia, and a son, Matthew.
Motivating Employees: The Biblical Record & Contemporary Research (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)
This presentation reviews the results of more than 100 years of practice and research regarding how to motivate employees to high performance as seen through the perspective of the Bible.
MICHAEL CAFFERKY has served as Professor of Business & Management at Southern Adventist University since the Fall of 2003. Prior to this he served for twenty years in the healthcare industry in middle and senior management. He has authored seven books including the college textbook Management: A faith-based perspective. In 2013 Dr. Cafferky received the Sharon G. Johnson Award from the Christian Business Faculty Association, a national recognition for his efforts in integrating faith and business scholarship. Dr. Cafferky and his wife Marlene have two grown sons.
Biblical Answers to Today's Challenges (Grand Gallery C-D)
Pastor Finley will outline three basic biblical principles for understanding last-day delusions. He will illustrate how to apply these biblical principles to some of the most significant issues facing the Seventh-day Adventist Church today. If you are concerned about the future of the church, biblical faithfulness, creation issues, the emerging church, and Pentecostal influences pervading Adventism, this seminar will provide the tools to discern last-day delusions. Be prepared for a surprise ending to this thought-provoking seminar that will dramatically impact your own spiritual life.
MARK FINLEY is a former speaker/director for It Is Written, a retired General Conference vice president, and a still-active evangelist who has presented more than 150 evangelistic series in more than 80 countries, as well 17 NET series broadcast throughout the world. He presents regularly at conventions, field schools, and evangelism institutes, and appears on the Hope Channel series Experience Hope. He has written more than 70 books, writes Bible studies for Adventist World magazine, and is the author of Revival and Reformation (Quarter 3, 2013, lesson quarterly). He and his wife, Ernestine "Teenie," have three grown children: Deborah, Rebecca, and Mark Jr.
Creation, Evolution and the Seventh-day Adventist Christian (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)
In our social interactions, we are certain to come into contact with the theory of evolution, which even casual consideration suggests is in conflict with the central theme of the Bible. How does one respond to this perceived conflict? What difference does it make regarding one’s belief about origins? How can we meet the arguments others may advance to influence our faith in the God of the Bible? What is the role of science in our decision? These and other questions will be considered in this presentation, which has been designed to strengthen our faith and provide us with the armor and weapons worthy of a warrior for Christ.
ART CHADWICK is a faculty member in Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Biology. He has done significant research in the field of origins and creation, including scientific evidence. He promotes a creation-based perspective on origins.
Many people are aware of the existence of the emerging/emergent church movement, but few know that the idea of “emerging/emergent church” goes back to the early 20th century. The emerging/emergent church movement is a tangible manifestation of a new way of thinking, a new way of doing Christianity, and a new worldview increasingly referred to as Emergence Christianity. The latter is a broader category, and once understood, it becomes clear that it is in direct opposition to the biblical teachings and biblical worldview.
Hence, Emergence Christianity and biblical Christianity are incompatible.
JOHN MARKOVIC John Markovic was born in the former Yugoslavia (presently Serbia) and immigrated to the United States in 1969. He is married to Vesna, and together they have a son, John-Phillip, and a daughter, Christianna. Professor Markovic graduated with honors from Andrews University in 1982 with bachelor’s degrees in theology and history. He earned his MA/PhD at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, in 1990. He has taught at Andrews since the fall of 1990 and has been doing research on the emerging/emergent church movement and Emergence Christianity since 2007.
Spiritual Enrichment (Grand Gallery A-B)
Current events both inside and outside of the church reveal that the final conflict will revolve around our view of righteousness by faith. Ellen White stated as much when she identified the third angel’s message as righteousness by faith in verity. In this seminar, we will study the relationship between righteousness by faith and end-time events.
STEPHEN BOHR has spent his life in mission service. Born of missionary parents, he has dedicated decades to ministry and theological research. His love for the Lord is the driving force behind his commitment to spreading the cutting edge gospel message for these last days with clarity and power.
Abortion, Redemption, and Restoration: a Need, a Calling, a Hope (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)
For many who have experienced an abortion, life has become a struggle burdened with condemnation, shame, and regret. The message of redemptive grace invites post-abortion individuals to acknowledge certain truths: that their lives are intrinsically valuable; that their child, too, was intrinsically valuable; and although what was done cannot be undone, a Savior awaits—offering forgiveness, hope, and joy inexpressible. Join us as we explore the post-abortion struggle, the need for healing, and the hope of life restored.
ANTIONETTE DUCK is the founder of Mafgia and a living testament to the redemptive grace of the Lord. She has come to understand that her faults and failures are not the end of the story—that the story of the cross is the story of redemption. As one rescued from abortion, Ms. Duck is now an attorney and speaker dedicated to rescuing others. She invites you to walk in the redemptive grace that is yours.
DIANNE WAGNER lives with her husband, David, and is the mother of four grown children. Being post-abortive herself, she knows firsthand the crippling shame that so often comes from choosing abortion. She has dealt with denial and grief, has experienced full forgiveness, and has embraced the sweet re-creative power of her Lord and Savior. Seeing the need within our church, she speaks on how to minister to those who have been affected by an abortion experience.
How do I help my children grow into spiritually strong young adults? Recent research has finally painted a remarkably clear portrait of the character, values, and practices of parents whose young adult children are now spiritual role models! How did these parents do it? Raising the Remnant uncovers the most exciting fact of all: this very same parenting counsel was given more than 100 years ago! You’re sure to walk away from this fast-paced, information-packed seminar with inspired, practical, and time-tested success strategies from real Christian families of today.
SCOTT RITSEMA is a Bible teacher, author, and frequent guest speaker at camp meetings, teacher conventions, academies, and churches. He is also a part-time instructor at Great Lakes Adventist Academy in Lakeview, Michigan. Scott and his wife, Cami, recently founded Belt of Truth ministries. His “Media on the Brain” seminar has been featured via satellite TV and radio. The Ritsemas’ primary ministry is to disciple their two sons, Levi and Silas.
Learn how to reach individuals in your city who are orginally from unreached countries around the world. Discover four simple steps to sharing your faith with Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and people with no religion. Gain insight into the experience of refugees, and identify amazing opportunities to befriend them. Be a part of one of God’s greatest strategies to finish the work and take us home.
SCOTT GRISWOLD is the associate director for ASAP Ministries. He previously worked as the director for Global Mission’s Buddhist Study Center in Thailand and as a church planter in Cambodia with Adventist Frontier Missions. He recently wrote Reach the World Next Door, a cross-cultural missions training program for reaching immigrants, refugees, and international students in North America. He is married to Julie and is a father of four, all born in Southeast Asia.