Joan is the Coordinator of the Family Bible Project and Co-Coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action at the Center for Ministry Development. She holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Creighton University and a Certificate in Faith and Justice.

Informing Young Consciences

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This weekend our country experienced two horrific mass shootings. And once again gun control became a hot topic. Climate change has reached a critical tipping point, yet we can't agree on action to save the planet. Immigration continues to be a controversial issue, and Americans seem divided more than ever before. Last week the democratic candidate...
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Serving in the Sun

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This has been (and still is) quite the winter. Here in Iowa, we've been bombarded with snowfall after snowfall, with lots of below zero days to make life even more fun! So it's natural for our thoughts to turn with great yearning to spring and summer. With summer only four months away, I've been focused on our summer mission trip for high school yo...
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Mission Trips Really Do Make a Difference

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Sometimes we question how much of an impact mission trips for high school youth really make. Do they help deepen a sense of missionary discipleship in those who participate? Or are they a one-time "feel good" experience which doesn't extend beyond the week? God sends me the answer to this question in really incredible ways, and I'd like to share on...
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