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SLT Application | Due April 1

We are looking those interesting in joining the Student Leadership Team for the 2018/19 school year. 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.

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 focused on providing a place for shepherding, care, and discipleship to students who are looking to be challenged.

If you are interested then apply today, because time is running out! Applications are available HERE and are due APRIL 1.  

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 1

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, email your application to

Apply Here


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.