Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

Some tough questions…

I’ve been reading (albiet very, very slowly) The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. In it he poses three very good questions about the “gospel” that we preach. He asks: ?Does the gospel I preach and teach have a natural tendency to cause people who hear it to become full-time students of Jesus? ?Would those who […]

Cole's Birth…

I found this journal I wrote back when Cole was born…It’s been almost exactly five months since i wrote this journal entry. My friends say that time passes so quickly and your kids grow up so fast. Even though Cole is only 5 months old, it seems crazy that he is that old already! written: […]

Christmas Party…

We just got back from our JVC Christmas party. I had a great conversation with Tom and Sue (our “grandparents” at church). I got to hear the story of how they met, how they got engaged and just some more about their lives. It’s so awesome to me that faith can bring together a 26 […]

Counter-Cultural Christmas Driving…

Part of the essence of being a follower of Christ is to be counter-cultural like Christ was in His time on earth. Well, this afternoon I found my new means of being “counter-cultural.” Christmas shopping driving. Crazy! My wife, 5 mo. old son and I just spent 30 minutes trying to get out of a […]

Experiencing our Prayer Labyrinth

Last week at church we had a Prayer Labyrinth set up in the other room for our church family to go through before, after and during the service. While you may have never gone through one (as I hadn’t before last Sunday) and it might be something a little “wierd” sounding, for me, it was […]

Some highly intelligent entertainment…

Now this is what I call great entertainment… Snowball Fight…

Christian Sandals…

eBay item 2872781023 (Ends Dec-05-03 17:24:50 PST) – “Jesus loves you” impinted on bottom sandals Seriously??? I guess I’ve gotta get me some of these babies for Myrtle Beach next week…

Life in John

“And this is the real and eternal life: They they know you, the one and only God and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” John 17:3-4- The Message Reading through the book of John has been interesting to see how many times Jesus refrences the idea of “life.” How he has come to bring “life” to […]

Community Article…

In our thinking through “authentic community” I came across this article that seems to capture the essense of what my passion is for our church community… Relevant Magazine article on community

What is church???

Church is more than a Sunday morning…Today during church we talked about what it means to be an authentic community. Here are some of the responses that we shared during our discussion time… – worshipping together – “being there” for each other – not having our lives be “fully booked” and no room for each […]