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Only 1% of the world's population are college students, yet they are the most strategic group of people on the planet.
Not too many books exist that deal with both ministry and college students, but this may be the only comprehensive book that focuses on the 'why' and the 'how' for starting, maintaining, and growing a movement of Christian laborers on the college campus.
The Fuel and the Flame is a great tool for campus ministers, college students, and even laymen that desire to pour their life into college students.
Dr. Bill Bright founder of Campus Crusade said, "If we can win the university today, we will win the world tomorrow." The Fuel and The Flame offers church and para-church college students, ministry staff and volunteers ten keys to impact students' lives for Christ. Five keys to personal preparation (the fuel) and five keys to ministry implementation (the flame) are defined and expanded on in order to develop students into the future Christian leaders of our world. Through the application of the principles found in this book, students will become reproducing disciples for Jesus Christ, able to impact campuses as well as the world with the Good News.
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.
This book is for the multitude of student leaders, staff and volunteers involved in the collegiate ministries around the world who want to ignite their campuses for Jesus Christ... more below
Table of Contents:
Part 1: The Fuel
1. Lay Your Foundation
* 11 Students Who Changed the World
2. Develop Your Character
* Four Qualities Every Christian Laborer Must Possess
* Four Pitfalls Every Christian Laborer Must Guard Against
3. Build Your Convictions
* Seven Building Blocks for Your Life and Ministry
4. Prepare for Impact
* Five Questions That Must be Answered
5. Plot Out Your Strategy
* Six Steps to Get to the Heart of Your Campus
Part 2: The Flame
1. Persist in Dynamic Evangelism
* Four Secrets for Winning Students to Christ
2. Invest Yourself in Establishing Young Believers
* Five Prerequisites to Building Disciples
3. Persevere in Equipping the Faithful to Make Disciples
* Six Strategies for Training Laborers
4. Mobilize Your Campus as a Sending Base by Exporting Laborers
* Seven Principles for Launching Reproducers
5. Always Keep the World in Clear Focus
* Five Applications to Reach the World through Student
1. The Three Kinds of Students on Every Campus
2. Eight Principles for Reaching the Influencers
3. The Dynamics of Starting a Weekly Large Group Meeting
4. Scripture Memory Verses on Discipleship
5. How to Lead a Small Group Bible Discussion
6. Powerful Questions to Make Students Spiritually Hungry
7. The Cure for Spiritual Amnesia
8. Essentials for Ministry: Momentum, Multiplication, Management
9. Six Steps for an Effective House Ministry
10. Five Keys to Raising Your Personal Financial Support Team
11. Helpful Campus Ministry Web Sites
This book is for the multitude of student leaders, staff and volunteers involved in the church and para church collegiate ministries around the world who want to ignite their campuses for Jesus Christ.
I want to be honest. This book is not for the faint of heart. We're not interested in just having a small and ineffectual ministry, content with merely finding our little niche for God. No, our heart beats to saturate the campus with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the raising up of workers who will take His name to the ends of the earth.
Our family knows full well that many collegians come from broken homes, are hurting and in need of healing. But, after having students living with us for twenty years now, we have come to a conclusion: one of the greatest things we can do for any student is to help give them an outward focus, instead of the inward one that most bring with them to college. When a student takes their eyes off themselves and their own problems, and lifts their gaze toward Jesus Christ and His purposes on earth, amazing things happen!
Many Christian bookstores are chock full of self-help books and romance novels to further our self absorption and love affair we have with ourselves and our own needs. I think you would agree that we're definitely a pampered, indulged generation where it's always about "me." In this text, we are seeking to motivate you to "forget about what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead, pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13, 14 NASB)
You may be a young Christian student, a brand new staff person or an adjunct volunteer who's feeling very inadequate right now. Don't despair, you've got to start someplace! Zechariah 4:10 (NASB) tells us: "Do not despise the day of small beginnings." We start out slow and spend the first half of this book talking about your personal preparation and the resources you have in Jesus Christ-showing how if your life will provide the fuel, God will produce the flame. We all have such a long way to go-including me. I even thought about including a list of all the mistakes I've made in campus ministry, but that would have taken another whole volume!
As you read and digest what is before you, there will be some things you disagree with or are uncomfortable with. As you read and wrestle through each section, pray and consider what's valuable for your life and ministry.and what's not. Also, if your ministry measures your success primarily by how many people come to your weekly large group meeting, you might be frustrated. We do have an appendix item on the what, why, and how's of large group meetings, but the heart and soul of this book deals with the Great Commission as contained in our 4 E's: Evangelism, Establishing, Equipping, and Exporting student laborers to the world.
You might be searching for some hip, new clichés or techniques to "wow" your college students. You probably won't find them here. I purposely used language that would not go out of style with this generation. We do touch on a few forms (methods) here and there, but, instead, chose to major in principles that you can apply to many settings in many cultures for many years to come. Jim Peterson with the Navigators said, "Over time, forms outlive original functions. Forms then become an end of themselves and the functions can get lost." Where there's a will, there's a way and if you desire to reach the campus in order to reach the world, you'll always be coming up with better forms to fulfill that function. More power to you!
My desire, though, is to serve all the campus ministries. I have relationships with staff in most of the major collegiate ministries around the country and have included numerous stories of how students' lives have been permanently marked by those groups. I personally have been impacted by Campus Crusade, The Navigators, Kanakuk Kamps, Campus Outreach, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Student Mobilization, and University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Also, Southwestern, Dallas, and Denver Theological Seminaries, the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, and the U.S. Center for World Missions have contributed to my life and vision. There are so many other ministries, churches, and individuals that I would like to list (and thank!) for helping to shape and form me.
You see, I've never really had an original thought in all my life! Everything I've ever thought, known, written or spoken about is because God and others have placed it into my mind. So many of the truths, principles, and even pithy sayings in this book belong to others, but I have slept since then, millions of brain cells have died, and I am a fairly disorganized person. So, all I can take credit for is that I've arranged all these unoriginal thoughts into something that hopefully makes sense. If you come across something and say, "Hey, I was the one that came up with that!" and I did not list you or your ministry as the source, please forgive me. Let me know and I will include it in the next printing.
Finally, this book is designed for you to go through with a group of staff, student leaders, or volunteers to discuss and make applications at the end of each chapter. As you begin, stop and pray-asking God to help you put your hand to the plow, and make a lifetime commitment to know Christ and to make Him known. The most strategic avenue I've found to do that? The winning, building, and sending of college students for the glory of God and the evangelization of the world. May God be with you!
Cheering for you,
April 1, 2003
Dr. Steve Shadrach has a passion for developing laborers for Christ to reach the world. He has been involved with many different collegiate ministries, and has served as Pastor of Students and Missions at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR. He is also the founder of Student Mobilization, which focuses on evangelizing and discipling college students in the U.S. and abroad, The Traveling Team, and The Bodybuilders ministry, seeking to “build up the body of Christ”. He also served as the Director of Mobilization for the U.S. Center for World Mission, overseeing the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement program. Dr. Shadrach has a Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry in Church and Parachurch Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. He has written three books, The Fuel and the Flame: Ten Keys to Ignite Your Campus for Jesus Christ, Brown Like Coffee: For Students Who Think Outside the Box, and ViewPoints: Fresh Perspectives on Personal Support Raising. Steve and his family reside in Fayetteville, AR, where he serves as the Executive Director of The Center for Mission Mobilization. (www.mobilization.org)