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The Fuel and the Flame (1st Edition, 2003)

by Steve Shadrach

Global Ambassador, Center for Mission Mobilization, Fayetteville, AR
Published by CMM Press

Steve Shadrach and Paul Worcester totally revised this campus ministry classic in 2020. Learn more

“If we can win the university today, we will win the world tomorrow.” — Bill Bright, founder of Cru.

The Fuel and The Flame offers church- and campus-based 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.

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.

How to use this book

  • With students on campus – Train your leaders using this book.
  • With freshman – a great graduation gift in that it helps students to thrive in college not just survive. Use it as their first-year-training manual.
  • As a staff training manual- Use it for training vocational collegiate leader and volunteers. This is campus ministry 101.
  • As a development book for your staff team. How many books are out there on how to develop professionally as a campus minister? Ah, none. You want to grow in your profession? Read this.

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
6. Persist in Dynamic Evangelism
– Four Secrets for Winning Students to Christ
7. Invest Yourself in Establishing Young Believers
– Five Prerequisites to Building Disciples
8. Persevere in Equipping the Faithful to Make Disciples
– Six Strategies for Training Laborers
9. Mobilize Your Campus as a Sending Base by Exporting Laborers
– Seven Principles for Launching Reproducers
10. Remember to 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 and Disciple-making
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 Websites