University Ministry



About UMIN

We value the Church and realize that UMIN is just one piece of the larger body of Shades. We love college students and offer multiple ways for you to serve with our church family. Whether it's playing in the orchestra, rocking babies in the nursery, discipling a group of high schoolers, or working in an after-school program, we want you to invest yourself here!


Sunday School

Our goal each Sunday is to take the big and make it smaller by offering you a place to come and study God's Word in an intentional setting. This Spring we will offer three class options that you can choose from: Theology 101, Gospel Fluency, and Neighbors. Our hope is that you walk away understanding the Gospel better and feeling prepared to live a life for Christ. We meet in the Student Building at 11:00 AM immediately following Worship every Sunday.

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Community Groups

We want to help you find intentional, Gospel-motivated community during your time in college. You can join a Community Group with us if that's something you're hoping to find while you're in Birmingham. Community Groups are led by older UMIN students who love Jesus and want to help you love him more too. You'll meet on campus or at the apartment of your leader, read through Scripture, discuss and dig in, all in the context of community. Groups meet once a week on various nights all semester.

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Student Leadership Team

Do you want to be a disciple who make disciples? Then apply for the UMIN Student Leadership Team (SLT). The SLT is the most potent form of discipleship that we offer as a ministry as you are both shepherded through a Discipleship Group and immersed through leading a Community Group of your own.

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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. in the Student Building

If you want to volunteer in this ministry but aren't sure where to begin, current volunteer opportunities are one button away.