Shades College

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” 

Psalm 1:1-3

ABOUT SHADES COLLEGE

There is something uniquely beautiful about the image of the tree in the Psalms. It’s the image of the follower of Christ whose delight is in the goodness and grace of Jesus. At Shades College, our desire is that every college-aged young adult would delight in Jesus in such a way that they would bear fruit for the kingdom of God on their campus, and in the world. We do this through opportunities designed for students to meet with God, connect with others, and live with purpose.

Shades College Student Pathway

We were never meant to live in isolation. In fact, the Scriptures teach us the opposite when we trust in Jesus. Instead of orphans, we are called children. Instead of enemies, we are called friends. Instead of alienated, we are the family of God.

At Shades College, we are a family following Jesus and making Him known together. And we want for every student to know exactly how they can get connected to our family. We make this easy through our Shades College Student Pathway.

To learn more about how to get connected to our family, look at the opportunities below.

College Worship

Wednesday Nights | 8PM | CLC Fireside Room

College Worship is the Foyer of our Shades College home. It's the place where we see and savor Jesus. Whether you are a longtime Christ-follower, a new believer, or a skeptic, college worship is the place to experience Shades College for the first time.

Sunday Mornings

Sundays | 11:00AM | CLC Fireside Room

Shades College Sunday school is the Living Room of our Shades College home. It’s the place where we meet together, study scripture together, and share life together. It’s the foundation of all we do in Shades College, and the starting point to get connected to our family.


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DGroups

Discipleship groups are the Dining Room of our Shades College home. They are the place where gospel dialogue, transparent friendships, and seeking the lost in daily living are discussed and encouraged in the context of small group community. Our desire is for all students to commit to both participating in and leading an underclassman DGroup during their time in college.


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Events & Fellowship

Every home has that room where the family relaxes, spends time together, and enjoys one another's company. At Shades College, we do this in our Family Room. Each semester we plan events that are both fun and intended for you to grow closer to other members of the family.


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Directions from Samford

  • Drive toward I-65
  • Turn left onto Columbiana Rd. at the Columbiana/Greensprings intersection before you reach I-65
  • Shades UMIN is at the second stoplight on your left on Columbiana Rd.

Directions from UAB

  • Take University Blvd. toward I-65
  • Take I-65S towards Montgomery
  • Exit Lakeshore Dr. and take a left
  • Turn right on Columbiana Rd. at Columbiana/Greensprings intersection
  • Shades UMIN is at the second stoplight on your left on Columbiana Rd. 

Directions from BSC

  • Drive towards I-20
  • Take I-20E towards Downtown
  • Take exit 124A to merge onto I-65S toward Montgomery
  • Exit Lakeshore Dr. and take a left
  • Turn right on Columbiana Rd. at Columbiana/Greensprings intersection
  • Shades UMIN is at the second stoplight on your left on Columbiana Rd. 

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