History of ASI-UK
ASI-UK is the first European chapter of the initial North-American organisation, Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries (ASI). Information can be found about them at ASI Ministries
In 1983 the British Union Conference (BUC) President, Pastor Harold Calkins together with the BUC Vice-President, Pastor John Arthur, invited ASI representatives from the USA to meet with interested business and professional lay people in the UK. During that weekend ASI-UK was founded.
ASI-Europe, the pan-national association was formed in 1997; ASI-UK has been a member of this body since its formation.
Over the years it was found that the name Adventist Services & Industries meant very little to the British membership, so in 1990 the name was changed to the "Adventist Business and Professionals’ Association" (ABPA). However, the change of name did not increase the visibility of the Association whose membership remained small at about fifty members. With the expansion of ASI-Europe it was decided in 2006 to change the name back again to ASI-UK to bring it into line with fellow European Chapters.
Membership growth is limited to the eligibility criteria and each member in addition to ASI-UK activities, often has an active role in their local church or geographical region.
ASI-UK Past Activities
ASI-UK has strong links with and supports the Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA) - ASI-UK members purchased a tractor unit and forty foot trailer for ADRA to transport humanitarian aid to where it is needed.
ASI-UK members have also sponsored the purchase of Bibles and literature for Poland and they have supplied the funds for student missionaries and workers in the Missions of the BUC.
Members are also involved with STOP International's construction of an Adventist Village for orphans in India.
Evangelism is central to the work supported by ASI-UK. Our members took part in a 'Share Him' Campaign in Mauritius. This led to a follow-up campaign in Hertfordshire conducted by the ASI-UK Vice President, Brian Davison.
The association also launched a directory ABPA Business Pages listing information of member businesses. This publication was well received by the church membership across the British Union Conference.
Workshops and seminars have been conducted and efforts have been made to attract young, recently qualified, professionals, and those who are starting up in business.
"The Communiqué" magazine was a regular publication sent each quarter to keep members in touch with what is happening within the Association.