Acts 1:8

Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the Ends of the Earth

Birmingham, AL

We partner with Christian Service Mission, Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Urban Purpose, Love in Action, Brother Bryan Mission, Jimmie Hale Mission, and aTeam Ministries on a variety of projects throughout the year including food distribution to those in need, minor home repair for the elderly and for those who are unable to work, and community service projects.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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COMPLETED | New Jersey – University Ministry

This UMIN team will work with Shades church planting partner in Ethnos Church in New Jersey. Work will include local service projects, outreach events, and helping host a worship service.

Project Info:

Date: March 10–15
Approximate Cost: $450
Team Size: 8–20 people

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COMPLETED | Middle East

This team will work with a Shades ministry partner camp facility and will help with a variety of maintenance projects to prepare the facility for the summer camp season. Work will include painting, landscaping, and general repair work. A three-day tour of the Holy Land will be included at the end of the project.

Project Info:

Date: March 23-31
Approximate Cost: $2,100
Team Size: 6–12 people

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COMPLETED | England

This team will host a retreat for IMB missionaries and their families. We will provide childcare while parents are in training meetings and help lead activities and games for both children and adults during free times of the retreat. This is a great opportunity to minister to our missionaries and their families!

Project Info:

Date: March 23-31
Approximate Cost: $1,900
Team Size: 8-10 people

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COMPLETED | Guatemala – High School Ministry

This high school student team will work with e3 Ministries as they minister to an unreached people group in Guatemala. Work will include a variety of service projects, sports camps, and relationship building activities.

Project Info:

Date: March 24–31
Approximate Cost: $1,400
Team Size: 20–30 people

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COMPLETED | Middle East

This medical team will be hosting daily medical clinics serving refugees who have fled their home countries and have little or no access to adequate medical care. The team will also make home visits to help with food and clothing needs.

Project Info:

Date: April 12–22
Approximate Cost: $2,500
Team Size: 6–20 people

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COMPLETED | Indianapolis, IN - Men's Ministry

This Men’s Ministry team will be working with Shades church plant partner Yale Wall and Living Faith Church. Work will include painting, landscaping, and repair work on the church’s new building.

Project Info:

Date: April 13-15
Approximate Cost: $500
Team Size: 8–20 people

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COMPLETED | Middle East

 This team will work with a Shades ministry partner serving refugee children by providing education opportunities at three schools in this country. This team will lead teaching activities for children in kindergarten through third grade at all three schools. A three-day tour of the Holy Land will be included at the end of the project.

Project Info:

Date: April 27–May 5
Approximate Cost: $2,100
Team Size: 4-10 people

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COMPLETED | High School Ministry – Indianapolis, IN

This high school student team will be working with Shades ministry partner Yale Wall and Living Faith Church as they help with a variety of service activities along with performing at various venues as they share the love of Christ through service and music.

Project Info:

Date: May 29-June 3
Approximate Cost: $500
Team Size: 20–80 people

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COMPLETED | Guatemala

This family ministry team will work with several Guatemalan Baptist churches through medical and community evangelism outreach events. These events will include medical clinics, sports ministry, and service to the local schools. This is a great family ministry opportunity!

Project Info:

Date: June 8–15
Approximate Cost: $1,600
Team Size: 6–20 people

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COMPLETED | New York, NY

This team is a combined Shades choir along with choir members from two additional local churches and will work with Shades church plant partners in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Work will include local service projects along with a concert at Carnegie Hall.

Project Info:

Date: June 15–20
Approximate Cost: $2,700
Team Size: 100-150 people

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COMPLETED | England

The team will work with Shades ministry partner Steve Graham and Create Church in Cannock, England, as we work together to help the Create church family reach out to their community with the love of Christ. Work will include community service events and hosting an outdoor festival.

Project Info:

Date: July 5-16
Approximate Cost: $2,400
Team Size: 10–20 people

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COMPLETED | Toronto, Canada

This team will work with Shades church plant partner Mike Hauser and Starting Point Church. The team will help host a five day summer camp for elementary and middle school students that will include sports, games, field trips, and Bible lessons.

Project Info:

Date: July 7-14
Approximate Cost: $900
Team Size: 6–10 people

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COMPLETED | New Jersey

This team will work with Shades church plant partner Yucan Chiu and Ethnos Church as they host a five day summer camp for elementary and middle school students that will include sports, games, and life lesson activities.

Project Info:

Date: July 8-14
Approximate Cost: $900
Team Size: 4-6 people

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COMPLETED | Eros, LA – 6th Grade Ministry

This team of sixth graders and leaders will work with Shades ministry partner Terry Slawson and Seeker Springs Ministry as they serve in a variety of outreach events including conducting a children’s day camp and working on several community service projects.

Project Info:

Date: July 16–20
Approximate Cost: $300
Team Size: 40–80 people

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COMPLETED | Moldova

This team will work with Shades ministry partner Turlac Ministries as they help reach out to and serve women and their families who are either at risk or have been victims of human trafficking. Work will include helping with outreach and training focused on teaching about the perils and prevention of human trafficking.

Project Info:

Date: August 10-18
Approximate Cost: $2,100
Team Size: 6–10 people

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COMPLETED | Indianapolis, IN

This team will work with Shades church plant partner Yale Wall and Living Faith Church. Work will include baking and delivery cookies to welcome university students back to campus for a new school year, along with helping host a worship service.

Project Info:

Date: August 22-26
Approximate Cost: $600
Team Size: 6-12 people

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COMPLETED | Spain

This team will host a retreat for IMB missionaries and their families. We will provide childcare while parents are in training meetings and help lead activities and games for both children and adults during free times of the retreat. This is a great opportunity to minister to our missionaries and their families!

Project Info:

Date: Sept. 7-15
Approximate Cost: $1,600
Team Size: 6 – 10 people

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Middle East

This medical team will be hosting daily medical clinics serving refugees who have fled their home countries and have little or no access to adequate medical care. The team will also make home visits to help with food and clothing needs.

Project Info:

Date: November 1-11
Approximate Cost: $2,500
Team Size: 6–20 people

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Tucson, AZ

This team will work with Shades church plant partner Brian Hook and Aspire Church. Work will include helping with registration and hosting an aid station for El Tour de Tucson, one of the largest road bicycle events in the United States.

Project Info:

Date: November 14-18
Approximate Cost: $700
Team Size: 6-12 people

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South Africa

This team will work with Shades ministry partner John Thomas and Living Hope in Cape Town. Living Hope is a project with three objectives: one, to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in a life changing way and to encourage people to follow Christ; two, to play a vital role in the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS; and three, to undertake community development through educational and health related programs.

Project Info:

Date: December 14-23
Approximate Cost: $2,400
Team Size: 4–10 people

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First Responders Team

This team serves our local police and fire departments. Through providing meals, serving as chaplains, and hosting neighborhood “Cop Stops” this team is building relationships to bless those that put their life on the line for our community.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Prayer Walking Team

This team prayer walks the streets and major centers of our community. The goal for this team is to prayer walk every walkable street in our community in the next three years. They are asking for God’s movement and awakening in our community!

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Shades Host Team

This team serves the thousands of people that come on our church campus for community events such as band concerts, graduations, and education competitions. These are outside community groups that use our facility. This team welcomes, serves, and provides a ministry touch to these individuals.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Fathers in the Field

Fathers in the Field is a Shades Ministry geared toward equipping men in our church to intentionally mentor the fatherless in our church and community. Some 12 million boys are growing up fatherless in America—the majority of them carrying deep, damaging wounds of abandonment that threaten them and society. This ministry includes Bible study, outdoor activities, service projects and church attendance twice a month—but all in the natural flow of the mentor father’s life.

For more information on Fathers in the Field, contact Bill McMahon.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: N/A
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Project 729

Project 729 is a once-a- month service project where the Men of Shades come together on a Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to assist widows, the elderly, and others in need through a two-hour commitment. Our projects have included total yard transformations, moving services, and other physical work needed to alleviate financial and physical burdens to those in need. Project 729 is in its sixth year of ministry serving the community.

For more information on Project 729, contact Greg Olexa.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Unengaged Unreached People Groups

Shades will be seeking to take the gospel to over twenty UUPGs in South Asia over the next several years. UUPGs, as far as we know, have no believers or churches among their people group and no one has been seeking to reach them with the gospel for over two years. We will partner with missionaries and local believers to reach these unengaged, unreached peoples and places.

For more information on serving with Unengaged Unreached People Groups, contact Todd Lafferty.

Project Info:

Date: TBD
Approximate Cost: N/A
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Global Cities Initiative

The Global Cities Initiative is a strategy that seeks to place professionals, students, and retirees in global cities to join with IMB church planting teams. The goal is to take the gospel to people and places that the missionaries don’t generally reach in their regular pattern of life, thus enlarging the reach for the gospel in that global city.

For more information on moving to a global city, contact Todd Lafferty.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: N/A
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | After the Bell & Kids Kamp Team

This team serves families in our community by caring for their children and pointing them to Jesus. With crafts, Bible stories, and games, our counselors get to disciple each child as they navigate the waters of their elementary years. We need people who are willing to drive a van to pick up these kids from school or to take them on field trips. We also need folks who will come and read to kids after school and throughout the summer. Lastly, if you would consider hosting a KidsKamp counselor for the summer to pour into them as they pour into these kids and families in our community.

For more information regarding serving with After the Bell and Kids Kamp, contact Felecia Dewing.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Community Basketball Outreach

Within two miles of our church campus are seven apartment complexes filled with people who need to know Jesus. We have been given an opportunity to reach out to them by building relationships through shared interests like sports – specifically basketball. This outreach is an intentional time of “open gym” play when we welcome the community into the CLC to play ball and get to know us. During that time we show the community who Jesus is so that we earn their trust to tell them who Jesus is later on.

For more information on our Community Basketball Outreach, contact Felecia Dewing.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Community Hospitality Team

As our church family continues to love and serve our community, we will see the community grow more comfortable with coming onto our campus. The community hospitality team serves as a welcome team to individuals and groups that are coming into the Community Life Center and Student Building. As people come to play, for practices, for group meetings, or for help with meeting their needs, we will meet them with open arms. Team members may spend time greeting, preparing snacks, or helping people to find a cup of coffee.

For more information on serving with our Community Hospitality Team, contact Felecia Dewing.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Orphan Care Ministry

The goal of our ministry is to help bring awareness to the plight of numerous orphans around the world while demonstrating God's hope for a better future. We also aim to provide resources, education, and support for our members involved in the loving care of children in need. We hope to recruit new foster parents and adoptive parents and provide a helping hand to the many local agencies involved in the care of these children.

To learn more about Shades' Orphan Care Ministry, contact Rachael Milner.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Shades Community Events

There are community gatherings and festivals happening across our region. This team will use our "Shades Booth" as a point to interact with people, handout giveaways, and engage others in conversation about our church and our Savior.

For more information about the Community Events team, contact Steve Browning.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Vestavia Hills East School Adoption

Teams will serve the faculty and staff of the school through service projects, office assistance, bringing teachers baked goods, and more.

For more information on how to get involved with our East School Adoption team, contact Steve Browning.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Vestavia Hills West School Adoption

Teams will serve the faculty and staff of the school through service projects, office assistance, bringing teachers baked goods, and more.

For more information on the West School Adoption team, contact Steve Browning.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Bluff Park Elementary School Adoption

Teams will serve the faculty and staff of the school through service projects, office assistance, bringing teachers baked goods, and more.

For more information on the Bluff Park team, contact Steve Browning.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Green Valley Elementary School Adoption

Teams will serve the faculty and staff of the school through service projects, office assistance, bringing teachers baked goods, and more.

For more information on the Green Valley adoption team, contact Steve Browning.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Shades Mountain Elementary School Adoption

Teams will serve the faculty and staff of the school through service projects, office assistance, bringing teachers baked goods, and more.

For more information about our Shades Mountain Elementary team, contact Steve Browning.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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Live Sent Sunday | Grace Klein Ministry

This ministry partner serves those in need of food, clothing, and the hope of the Gospel in our community. Located in Hoover and Vestavia, this ministry reaches out to hundreds every week.

For more information on serving with Grace Klein, contact Steve Browning.

Project Info:

Date: All Year
Approximate Cost: No Cost
Team Size: Open

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