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Spring Break Mission Trip | New Jersey/New York Trip | March 10-15, 2018

We will partner with Ethnos Church, a multi-cultural church in New Brunswick, New Jersey as they seek to reach their city for Christ. Our main goal on this trip will be to help them spread the word about their church in their community. We will do this by engaging their city with a work project, passing out information about their church, but most importantly through evangelism. We will receive training on evangelism and then put it to work while we are there.

The cost for our trip is $300, which will include airfare, housing, and in-city transportation. This cost does not include food or any tourism expenses.

Application and $150 non-refundable deposit are due February 4.

Summer Mission Trip | London | June 25-July 5, 2018

We will be partnering with a local missionary, Jacob Boss to do evangelism in the city of London. Each morning, local believers and young professionals will equip us with practical tools for evangelism. In the afternoons, we will head out and begin having conversations and applying what we have been learning in the mornings.

The tentative cost for the trip is $1,500 which includes airfare, lodging, and on the ground transportation. This does not include the cost of food or tourism.

Application and $200 non-refundable deposit are due April 8.

If interested in either of these trips email your application to

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Lead a community group. Plug-in friendship partners with international students.


Urban Purpose serves the large homeless population in Birmingham, and we have partnered with this ministry based out of our church family to serve alongside them. Whether that's going downtown with them on Sundays to serve a meal and get to know some of the people they minister to or plugging in with them on a more intentional level.

We also partner with the Woodlawn chapter of Young Life that reaches area schools. These are urban schools that have a lot of kids in tough situations that just need someone in their life to love them and point them to Jesus.


There are tons of ways to serve at Shades. In children's ministry, student ministry, dGroups, international ministry, worship ministry, and more.

Student Leadership Team

The UMIN Student Leadership Team is a group of students who serve in UMIN and either their campus, our city, or our church on a regular basis. You'll see them welcoming on Sunday mornings, leading small group discussions, leading community groups, and leading in our partnerships with Urban Purpose and Young Life.

We intentionally pour into student leaders through monthly ministry training and discipleship groups. Discipleship groups are led by someone a life-stage ahead of you and are made of the three to four students of the same gender. These groups are high commitment and focused on providing a place for shepherding, care, and discipleship to students who are looking to be challenged.

Check back here in early spring to apply.

Interested in learning more about any of these opportunities? Shoot us an email here.