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Cultivate | UMIN Summer Project | June-July 

We are excited to introduce Cultivate, an 8-week intensive discipleship and missional training experience. This program will equip students to Live Sent for the rest of their lives and is a great opportunity for students hoping to stay in Birmingham over the summer. The entire program will take place on weekday nights in June and July. You can even work or take summer classes during the program. 

For more information, check out these FAQ's

You can apply HERE. Applications due May 27


Lead a community group. Or become a friendship partner 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. Check here for more information. 

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.