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If you're a campus ministry staffer or student leader and yearn to see students come to Christ, discipled, and launched out as world changers, then read and heed a copy of "Heart of the Campus." Learn how to be an influencer at your college and raise up other influencers, to create a campus-wide movement that can transform the most secular of schools into a sending base to reach the world for Christ. Beware: You might be shook to your core as you honestly evaluate why and how you do campus ministry the way you do. So, as you consider this radical, but biblically based, new paradigm for vision-driven campus ministry...PREPARE FOR IMPACT! Bonus: Practical and penetrating discussion questions at the end to take your small group through that promises to rearrange their ministry-and life!
Paperback, 44 pages.
Table of Contents
Three Kinds of Students on Every Campus 5
Student Leadership Ladder 9
Focusing on Influencers to Develop into Laborers for Christ 13
God’s Chosen Influencers 23
Pray for and Select Students Full of F-A-I-T-H 25
The Core of a Campus Movement 29
A Final Challenge 31
Discussion Questions 33
Additional Resources 37
About the Author 39
About The Author
Steve Shadrach was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, where he received Christ at age eighteen through the ministries of Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He attended Highland Park Presbyterian and First Baptist Churches growing up. Steve enrolled in the University of Arkansas in the fall of 1973, joining and moving into the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was involved with Campus Crusade, The Navigators, and University Baptist Church during college. He worked at Missouri’s Kanakuk Kamps during the summers as a counselor and head counselor. After graduation he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, before transferring to Dallas Theological Seminary, finishing in 1983. That spring he married Carol Vahey, also from Dallas. They moved to Fayetteville, where Steve became the Collegiate Pastor at University Baptist Church, serving under H.D. McCarty. He and Carol had four children while living and ministering next to the University of Arkansas campus. They also began the Kaleo Summer Training Projects, brought Perspectives on the World Christian Movement to Arkansas, and organized the Student Mobilization (StuMo) campus ministry.
In 1986, Steve transitioned off the church staff to go full-time with StuMo. Steve and Carol and the founding staff started ministries on campuses across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and in Kharkov, Ukraine. In 1995, the Shadrachs spent a year in Ukraine helping establish a long-term campus ministry there, then brought home a baby girl from an orphanage to join their family. In the late 90s, Steve and Todd Ahrend launched The Traveling Team ministry and the Day of Discovery (now NVision) mission seminars. Turning the StuMo leadership over to the next generation in 2000, Steve and John Patton started The Body Builders to offer practical training and resources to Christian ministries, agencies, and churches around the world. In addition to NVision, the tools they offered included the Boot Camps for Personal Support Raising and The Fuel and the Flame book for campus ministry staff and student leaders.
In 2004, Steve also became Director of Mobilization for the U.S. Center for World Mission, and along with Dave Flynn, for eight years oversaw the expansion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course around the U.S. and globe. In 2012, the various ministries Steve was serving consolidated under The Body Builders ministry, and the organization was renamed Center for Mission Mobilization with the goal of engaging, equipping, and connecting believers worldwide to their most strategic role in completing the Great Commission.
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, three grandchildren, and still reside next to the Arkansas campus; continuing to minister to college students.