2 August 2019 | More than 2,000 Adventists from across the United States and a number of other nations are in Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend for the yearly convention of Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI). This is the organization of businesses and independent ministries run by Adventists once known as “self-supporting” institutions.

Steve Dickman, administrator of Harbert Hills Academy in Savannah, Tennessee, was elected earlier this week to another two-year term as president of ASI. “It is time to consider how we are doing business,” he stated in his remarks to the ASI members. “It seems to me that God is in the business of taking us from our normal line of working and thinking and inviting us to a life of business unusual.”

The event began Wednesday and will continue through the Sabbath. Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the denomination’s General Conference, was the keynote speaker on Wednesday evening.

The convention provides networking opportunities and a number of workshops with training in personal evangelism, using digital media, financial management and other topics. There is also a session for young professionals which seeks to build a new generation of Adventist entrepreneurs.

The picture is of the Kentucky International Convention Center where the convention is being held.