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The Fuel and the Flame

by Steve Shadrach

Global Ambassador, Center for Mission Mobilization, Fayetteville, AR

and Paul Worcester

National Collegiate Director, North American Mission Board
Published by CMM Press

New and completely revised 2nd Edition, 2020

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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?

Our goal in this book is to focus on a few of the simple commands and modeling Jesus provided us. We hope that God uses the basics of evangelism, disciple-making, and mission mobilization 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.


The Fuel and the Flame will equip and inspire you to make a difference on campus. Read the first few pages and you won’t want to stop!”
Dr. Rice Broocks, co-founder of Every Nation Ministries; author of God’s Not Dead

“Inspiring, motivating, practical—equipping you to tell others the Jesus story that can change their life and eternity!”
Lee Strobel, author of Case for Christ; director of the Strobel Center for Evangelism and Apologetics at Colorado Christian University


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)

A college ministry classic

Written in 2003 by Steve Shadrach, the 1st Edition 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 Student Mobilization 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.

In the early 2000s, Steve Shadrach turned the Student Mobilization ministry over to the next generation of leaders and started serving and training staff and students in other college ministries across the U.S. and the 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 edition. This 2nd Edition 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 the lives and ministries of this generation of college students for Christ all over the world.