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This is a new and completely revised edition of The Fuel and the Flame. The original edition was published in 2003, and was updated by Steve Shadrach and Paul Worcester in 2020.
Summary: College: A four-year (or more!) window of time where a student can become and accomplish all that God has for them. This book will help you do just that as you discover a vision for your life, the kind of personal and spiritual foundation you need to build, and practical ways to share your faith, disciple others, and impact the world for Jesus Christ. The challenge? If you will fully submit yourself to the Lord to be the fuel, God will ignite your life and spread the flame of the gospel across your campus and world. So beware, what you hold in your hands may forever change you. You in?
This is the totally revised and updated version of The Fuel and the Flame! This one was written with students in mind. The original version was published in 2003 and quickly became the go-to book for a myriad of campus-based and church-based college ministries around the U.S. and beyond. However, it is high time we reexamined everything for this new generation of students in light of the challenges and opportunities that lie before you.
Our goal in this book is to focus on a few of the simple commands and modeling Jesus provided us. To be able to easily remember these commands, we will refer to them as EDM (evangelism, disciple-making, and mission mobilization). We hope that God uses the basics of EDM shared in this book to transform your everyday life and change your heart to be more like His own.
So, if you want to walk with God more closely, have a vision for your life and ministry, develop a practical plan for you to lead others to Christ and make disciples, and to impact the world for the glory of God…you’ve come to the right place! Read this on your own. Or take a small group through it. Encourage your whole college ministry to use it as their semester training tool or summer project book. Not everything in here will work for you and your group, but—as long as you are seeking to be an obedient (and teachable!) disciple of Jesus Christ—a lot will!
Foreword: by Dr. Joe White, President Kanakuk Kamps, Branson, Missouri
"I spell Steve Shadrach with four words - vision, passion, discipline and risk. Since hiring him (to work at Kanakuk) as a college student many years ago at the University of Arkansas, I've seen one of God's precious few true platoon leaders, in a vast army of believers, who has truly stepped out on faith to change the university climate...and a nation...and a world.
Author and speaker, Dr. Ian Thomas said, "Faith is stepping out so far, that God has to do a miracle to keep you from falling." Steve is a man of faith, and like other truly great books, "The Fuel and the Flame" exudes just such vision, passion, discipline, and risk on every page.
This book will help pour the fuel of the Holy Spirit upon the flame of any willing believer's heart. Hopefully, God will use it to ignite a raging fire that will burn out of control - that our university campuses might be aflame for Christ - forever."
Chris Harry, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
"This is an awesome book on how to build and grow a Christian campus ministry, written by a man with great experience and insight in that area. Having been involved in campus ministry for 6 years as a graduate and 4 years as a student, I thought that this book would be, at best, review for me. Instead I found myself challenged throughout. Now I have to read it over again, taking thorough notes on how I want to reshape what I do on campus. I highly recommend it."
Ken Cochrum, VP Global Campus Strategy, Campus Crusade for Christ
“I recently handed out copies of your book The Fuel and The Flame to all of Campus Crusade's missions leaders. I have a son who just started college this fall and I sent him off with a copy as well. F and F is among the most visionary, historical, and practical handbooks published in the past two decades.”
Mike Hearon, Director of Campus Outreach, Augusta, Georgia
Now I don't need to write the book I wanted written! This is a unique resource. Nothing like it has been written for years. There is not a book out there that is this practical, but also principle oriented. I am very enthusiastic about us using this. I have seen God's hand on Steve's life in reaching, equipping, and mobilizing college students to labor a lifetime for Christ. His life message lends credibility to this written work.
Doug Nuenke, Director of U.S. Ministries, The Navigators
Steve Shadrach is a passionate man who has impacted thousands through his multiplication ministry to students. The reach of his ministry and the fruitful evidence of the timeless principles in this book can be seen throughout the world. In The Fuel and the Flame, Steve releases a strong dose of this passion along with principles and practical helps for student ministry that have been proven over the test of time. Read and catch a vision for what God has done and will do through students reached with the gospel and empowered to change the world.
Derrick Moore, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Georgia Tech Football Team Chaplain
I read every word. I couldn't put it down. I've been looking for something to train my key students and this is perfect. If you really want to do campus ministry, you have to get this book.
Dennis Gaylor, National Director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, USA
Steve Shadrach is an excellent writer and diligent worker. He understands the university and knows how to impact campuses with the Good News. The Fuel and the Flame is an excellent in depth, practical and interactive resource tool that will help equip students and workers for ministry on today's college and university campus.
Kim Vollendorf, Student Mobilization Women's Ministry Director, University of Arkansas
I first met Steve Shadrach in my sorority house as he led a "Love and Dating" Bible study. That message rocked my world and it was the beginning of a tidal wave of change for me. The Shadrach's not only shared the gospel message with me, but they shared their lives too. Living with them, I laughed, cried, shared, and prayed more times than I remember. Eighteen years later from my first encounter with Shad, he is still at it and going strong on the college campus. He has a passion for God and for college students that just won't quit. It's about time he wrote this book. If you want to make a difference on your campus, read it. He knows his stuff.
Isaac Jenkins, Ole Miss Campus Director, Campus Crusade for Christ
This is a great resource I'm going to take my whole staff through. Steve has done a great job explaining the basics of ministry philosophy and how to succeed in ministering to students. Thanks!
Mark Lewis, Southwest Regional Director, The Navigators
Here is a book to take off the shelf and into the heart (the fuel). Then, walk it on over to the campus (the flame). Steve is a strategist, but he is also a practitioner. There is theory here, but it is tried and tested theory. There is motivation. There is vision. There are ideas and tools. Having known Steve for years, I know that he is a man who is a synthesizer of the best and the most practical. If you are asking the question, "How can I be used in this generation to glorify God and see His kingdom spread from the campus to the nations?" then this might just be the catalyst to ignite a fire that will burn to the ends of the earth.
Dr. Greg Fritz, Caleb Project Founder
Steve Shadrach has compiled a heavy stack of explosive principles into a controlled burn. This book enables campus workers to apply Jesus' Great Commandment and Great Commission.
Dr. H.D. McCarty, Senior Pastor Emeritus, University Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas
I have known Steve since he was a student at the University of Arkansas, and I was his pastor. We brought him on staff and I was able to observe him up close. I know no man who would surpass him in his intense dedication and compassion to link college students to a vision of reaching the world. From his founding of Student Mobilization to the content of this book, I can say no heart beats more fervently with the mandate of Jesus to go, win and disciple.
Mike Woodruff, Director of the Ivy Jungle Network
Steve Shadrach is changing the world. This book will help you change yours - starting with your life and quickly spilling over to your campus. I heartily recommend it.
Max Barnett, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Formerly at University of Oklahoma
I am deeply grateful to Steve for The Fuel and the Flame. Herein is some tremendous help for university students and their leaders.
Todd Ahrend, International Director of The Traveling Teams
Steve Shadrach is my mentor. As a college student my life was changed by living out the principles that Steve teaches in this book. The Fuel and the Flame is a catalyst for every young adult seeking to take the Christian life seriously. From beginning to end Steve draws you in as he offers incredible insight on how to change your world.
Evan Hunter, Ivy Jungle Network, September 2003
Whether you are new to campus ministry or a long time veteran, you sometimes need help in one of two areas - catching or renewing your vision for what you do, or a good idea for the nuts and bolts of your program. In his new book The Fuel and the Flame (2004 Gabriel Publishing), Steve Shadrach combines an inspiring reminder of why college students hold such a strategic place in expanding God's kingdom in the world with very practical ideas for starting, maintaining and multiplying a campus ministry.
Shadrach knows of what he writes, having worked with Campus Crusade, the Navigators, Kanakuk Camps, and as a local church college pastor before starting Student Mobilization, a campus ministry focused on evangelism an discipleship in the South Central United States. In addition, he has also helped launch the Day of Discovery world mission seminars and the mobilization efforts of The Traveling Team. He casts a big vision - reaching every student, reaching the entire world. His heart and passion for evangelism and world evangelization clearly drive his ministry and come out in every chapter of the book. In the introduction, Shadrach makes it clear that this book does not contain some new and hip idea for reaching this generation, but instead focuses on the principles and practices that will outlast this generation and continue to impact campuses far beyond Gen X Y or Z. Skillfully weaving together inspiring stories, illustrations and quotes with pragmatic "how to's."
The Fuel and the Flame speaks to both the personal life and the practical ministry of the campus worker. As you read this book, you will recognize many of the pictures, stories, and phrases as he combines some of the most fruitful tools out of the last fifty years. While the book clearly flows from his personal ministry and background with Crusade and Navigators, he also uses stories and illustrations from all sorts of ministries across the country (someone you know is in this book).
Subtitled "10 Keys to Ignite Your College Campus for Jesus Christ," Shadrach spells out principles and practices for dynamic ministry. Beginning with an overview of the history of student movements and the context and importance of college ministry, Shadrach spends the first half of the book discussing the personal life of the minister, from character and convictions to strategy and impact (the "Fuel"). The second half of the book continues his blend of casting vision while offering practical nuts and bolts of campus ministry (the "Flame"). Shadrach is clearly motivated by his heart for lost souls, helping to build ministries that not only evangelize the campus, but establish new believer in the faith, equip them for ministry, and even export these workers to the harvest around the country and the globe. The appendices at the end of The Fuel and the Flame offer particularly good practical advice on a number of topics including leading small groups, beginning a large group meeting, training students in sharing their faith, establishing a campus house, and even raising financial support, concluding with a page of helpful web site links for ministry. While very much a "how to" kind of book, Shadrach has not packaged a "ministry in a box" as he never loses focus on the role of the Holy Spirit and the work of God in ministry.
Strong on so many fronts, one of the tensions in this book is that it seems to be written directly for you the campus minister, and at other times more for your students. This may come out of the idea that these principles help you train student leaders to take on greater and greater responsibility for the ministry. Obviously, no book can cover everything, and a wise person does not try. As evangelism is very much the heartbeat of Shadrach and his primary driving force within campus ministry, he does not depart from it. He is very strong on Matthew 28, with less attention on Isaiah 61, offering little advice on getting students involved with the poor, or justice issues, or racial reconciliation. The book does not provide insight on interacting with other forces on campus such as gay/lesbian groups or moving faith back toward the center of academia. The focus remains much more on individual students who are on campus more than transforming the university itself. So if these are the areas you are looking to strengthen in your ministry, this book may not scratch where you itch.
One blurb on the back of the book states, "a must read for any student, staff, or volunteer who wants to impact college students for Jesus Christ!" I would agree. The principles in this book are rock solid, and the tools Shadrach offers can benefit anyone in campus ministry regardless of location, experience, focus, or size. The Fuel and the Flame synthesizes many of the best ideas in college ministry and presents them in a way which will make them useable long into the future. Pick up a copy and continue to build your own ministry as a key part of God's plan for impacting the world.
Table of Contents
This new, 2020 edition has 26 short chapters instead of the 10, longer chapters in the original 2003 edition.
Part 1 – The Fuel
– Open Your Eyes: How’s Your Vision? (Chapters 1-3)
– Dig Deep: Laying Your Foundation (Ch 4-11)
Part 2 – The Flame
– Show and Tell: Everyday Evangelism (Ch 12-16)
– Build Your Chain: Disciple-making Links (17-22)
– Go Global: You Are a Missions Mobilizer (Ch 23-26)
Original edition published in 2003
Written in 2003 by Steve Shadrach, the original version of The Fuel and the Flame was produced to benefit college students and ministry staff. In writing the book, Steve drew from his time in college, having been involved with Cru, The Navigators, Kanakuk Kamps, and his church. Spending the next 20 years on staff with his church as the college pastor and launching and developing the Student Mobilization campus ministry also provided valuable experience and insight to write the book. God has used it with church based and campus based collegiate ministries all over the U.S. and in numerous other countries and languages.
Completely revised edition, published in 2020.
Steve Shadrach turned the Student Mobilization ministry over to the next generation of leaders in early 2000’s and started serving and training staff and students in other college ministries across the U.S. and world. This allowed him to keep broadening his knowledge of campus ministry and observe the best of the best practices from a myriad of amazing churches and organizations. Then, in 2019, he teamed up with campus ministry leader Paul Worcester to begin a year long process of totally rethinking and revising the original The Fuel and the Flame into a brand new version. This one has much shorter chapters, is written exclusively for students, is even more practical and reproducible, and includes many new jaw-dropping life-changing stories from students across the U.S. and world. We pray God will use this edition to ignite for Christ the lives and ministries of this generation of college students all over the world. Go the new edition of The Fuel and the Flame.
Steve Shadrach came to Christ at age 18 through Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He attended the University of Arkansas, joining a fraternity and getting involved with Cru, Navigators, and University Baptist Church (UBC). He worked at Kanakuk Kamps during the summers as a counselor and head counselor. After graduation, he attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary and finished at Dallas Theological Seminary. After marrying his sweetheart, Carol, they moved back to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where Steve became the Collegiate Pastor at UBC. While living and ministering next to the U of A campus, he also began the Kaleo Summer Training Projects, brought Perspectives on the World Christian Movement to Arkansas, began the Student Mobilization (StuMo) campus ministry, and along with Todd Ahrend, launched The Traveling Team ministry. In 2004, Steve became Director of Mobilization for the U.S. Center for World Mission, then began the Center for Mission Mobilization (CMM) with John Patton with the goal of engaging, equipping, and connecting believers worldwide to their most strategic role in completing the Great Commission. Two of the CMM’s key resource ministries are Support Raising Solutions and Campus Ministry Today. Steve has a Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Seminary and a Doctorate in Church and Para-Church Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. He and Carol have five grown children and eight grandchildren, and they continue to minister to college students near the Arkansas campus. He is the author of six books, including The God Ask and The Heart of the Campus.
Paul Worcester is the son of a pastor and church planter, and he got involved with the Baptist Campus Ministry at University of Oklahoma, being trained under the leadership of Max Barnett. In 2009, he and his wife Christy started and developed a Christian Challenge ministry at California State University, Chico. Since then hundreds of students have indicated decisions to become followers of Jesus, with many growing as disciples and learning to multiply their faith. Paul is the author of Tips for Starting a College Ministry, Do More With Less Time, and the coauthor of the new edition of The Fuel and The Flame: Igniting Your Life and Campus for Jesus Christ with Steve Shadrach. He has a passion for equipping and encouraging fellow collegiate leaders to make disciples on campus through his writing, speaking, consulting, and social media. Paul is on the team behind Campus Ministry Today, Collegiate Collective and CollegeMinistry.com. Paul just launched Campus Multiplication Network which provides training and coaching for collegiate ministry leaders who desire to accelerate evangelistic momentum, multiply disciples, and plant new ministries. His prayer is that God will use this network of leaders to plant new ministries on colleges until there is no campus left without a multiplying gospel movement. Paul and Christy have two children, and they love to play sports and get to the beach to surf when they can.