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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.