Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries
Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) is a membership-based organization of Seventh-day Adventist laypeople who are enthusiastic about actively participating in the church’s worldwide mission.
ASI’s philosophy promotes a Christ-centered lifestyle, manifested by a commitment to be in daily partnership with God. ASI members seek to experience God’s love in their own lives and share that love with the people they encounter in their everyday work and activities—hence ASI’s motto, Sharing Christ in the Marketplace.
Furthermore, ASI is committed to supporting the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its various outreach programs; which include health, education, evangelism, community services, family concerns and special projects. This unique and diverse group of members ranges from business owners to individual professionals to supporting ministries. In short, ASI members are Adventists from every walk of life.
ASI’s history is rooted in Madison College, an Adventist self-supporting institution established in 1904 near Nashville, Tennessee by E.A. Sutherland and Percy Magan. As Madison expanded it began to plant satellite schools and institutions around the country. In 1947 these self-supporting entities formed the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Self-Supporting Institutions, or ASI. At the time, ASI members were educational or health outfits.
Over the years however, ASI membership began to include businesses and Adventist entrepreneurs and professionals. Thus in 1979, to better reflect ASI’s diverse membership, the organization’s name was changed to Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries.
ASI—the organization of Seventh-day Adventist lay persons involved in professions, industry, education, and/or services—exists to provide challenge, nurture and experience in Sharing Christ in the Marketplace as well as support the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
ASI and its members will be known for their unswerving honesty in business principles and practices, unflagging participation in the various ministries of the Church, unwavering positiveness toward Church leadership, unhesitating provision for the needs of others, and untiring focus on the Christ they represent in the marketplace.
ASI members from North America are active worldwide, taking on special projects and sharing Christ in marketplaces wherever they go.
Many other Adventist world divisions have ASI organizations of their own, with local chapters in numerous countries. These organizations function much like ASI does in North America. They hold their own conventions and meetings and sponsor their own projects, both locally and worldwide.
Below are links for various ASI entities around the world, as well as links to news stories about ASI activities outside of North America. If there is not a link for your area, or if you’d like to know more about ASI in your region, contact your local Adventist world division.
Become an ASI member
ASI membership is exciting and rewarding. ASI members share a common goal to support the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in reaching the world with the good news of God’s love by “Sharing Christ in the Marketplace.”
In getting to know other members at local and national conventions and conferences, you’ll develop a deepening love for both the ASI family and the worldwide church family.