More than 1,800 registered attendees and 200+ exhibiting organizations gathered Aug. 8–11 for the 2012 ASI International Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. ASI president Frank Fournier gave the keynote address on Wednesday evening, challenging listeners to uphold well-established doctrinal beliefs as the foundation for finishing the work. Neil Nedley, MD, physician and founder of Nedley Health Solutions, gave morning devotionals that some attendees touted as the "best presentations we've ever heard." John Bradshaw, Steve Wohlberg, Chad Kreuzer, and Shawn Boonstra also spoke for main sessions, and General Conference president Ted N.C. Wilson gave a special presentation on Sabbath afternoon. Steven Grabiner, president of Outpost Centers International, was the final speaker at the Sabbath evening vespers.
Seminars covered a variety of topics, including evangelism, home and family, spiritual growth, nonprofit and business, and more. A special projects offering of $1,770,493 was gathered Sabbath morning, exceeding the offering goal of $1.2 million by more than $500,000. Funds will go to support 37 projects around the world. It's not too late to give. Online donations can still be made toward the 2012 special project offering.
Despite a volatile economy, record numbers of attendees and exhibitors participated in the 2011 ASI International Convention August 3-6 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. They also gave approximately $2.1 million—well exceeding the $1.5 million goal—to support 47 carefully selected ministry projects around the world.
Extra chairs had to be set up for the more than 3,300 people who came to hear Elder Ted N.C. Wilson, Adventist world church president, on Sabbath morning. The exhibit hall had a record-breaking 338 booths representing 221 ministries and organizations from all over the world.
Doug Batchelor's Wednesday evening keynote address focused on the need for courage. On Friday night, Ivor Myers, pastor of the Templeton Hills (Calif.) Seventh-day Adventist Church, packed the entire Great Controversy theme, including all major doctrines and prophecies, into 38 breathtaking minutes that left listeners with a clearer understanding of the significance of the Adventist movement.
ASI officers were elected or re-elected for two-year terms, with Frank Fournier of Eden Valley Institute in Loveland, Colorado, taking the helm as president. "My heart's burden is to bring the focus around to spiritual preparation of God's people to ensure success in our ministries," said Fournier. He presented the morning devotionals during the convention.
2011 Convention Guide
Highlights of the convention included a stirring Sabbath sermon by Pastor Mark Finley urging listeners to examine their own readiness for Christ's second coming in the context of the parable of the ten virgins. In a special video address to ASI members, Elder Ted Wilson, president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, shared his perspective on the importance of lay evangelism to the church's overall mission and revealed his family's early ties to ASI.
Personal spiritual growth and youth-led evangelism were prominent themes, with the children and youth divisions participating in a Friday evening program that included a challenge to youth by dynamic speaker Jeffrey Rosario. Each meeting began with inspiring ASI member testimonies about unique evangelism efforts, and the 2010 special projects offering of $1.8 million well exceeded the goal of $1.2 million. Visit the links below to view general session and seminar programs, and to read more about the 2010 special offering projects.
More than 2,000 people attended the 2009 ASI International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, and were blessed by inspiring testimonies, sermons, musical presentations and fellowship with old and new friends.
During the convention, new ASI Officers were elected, including Norman Reitz as president. He followed in Donna McNeilus's footsteps and brought with him a vision for growth. Convention attendees enjoyed a special update on the phenomenal One-Day Church project, as well as an introduction to the One-Day School.
The special projects offering was greatly blessed, with more than $2 million being pledged toward ASI projects for the coming year.