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

John Howard Yoder on the Church Discipline Process

Over the years at we have had our fair share of conflict at The Well. I cannot say that we have always handled this conflict perfectly. At the same time I would like to think that we are getting better at it. It is probably safe to say that when churches do conflict and confrontation […]

John Howard Yoder on Women in “Ministry”

Yesterday we ordained two great men at The Well. It was a pretty awesome day. More on that later maybe. Now, it just so happens that each of our pastors is now a man. Hopefully it doesn’t stay that way for too long. I strongly affirm and believe that men and women are equally gifted […]

To Be Human is to Be in Conflict

One of the things I continue to learn is that relationships bring conflict. I generally don’t like conflict. It doesn’t seem like I am alone in this opinion. But, I’m a big fan of relationships. If you want friendships and relationships, you get conflict. I guess if you don’t want conflict you can just get […]

Vulnerability is the Gateway to Community

I have lots of friends. Some of these friends are closer than others. The fact that some are closer than others is quite fine. After all, one can only have so many close friendships. But, I am guessing that all of us have some friendships that should be closer than they are. There are probably […]

A Christmas Reflection

Can you imagine… Waiting for thousands of years For the one who would deliver you and your people from oppression, from sin, from injustice, from the brokenness of this world. And when he finally comes, He is a baby. Born in a stinky stable. But here He is: King of Kings. Lord of Lords. God […]

A sermon on Genesis 21:22-34 in the context of the school shooting in Newtown, CT

I preached this sermon yesterday, December 16, 2012 at The Well. We have been studying through the book of Genesis and this was our passage for the week. I don’t usually manuscript my sermons, but I did this week due to the complex story that surrounds our culture. I post this in the hopes that […]

The First Act of Generosity

I have been mulling this around for the last few weeks. I want to propose that there is a direct connection between your ability to be generous and your ability to address your idols. Tim Keller defines idols this way: “An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “if I have […]

My biggest Fear is That I Won’t Matter

This is what I told my congregation three years ago… I said, “One of my biggest fears is that I won’t matter and that our church won’t matter.” This confession came along with a call to action. It was a call to love our enemies, care for the poor, live reconciled with one another, be […]

Planning Sabbaticals

Some context: this past summer I took a three month sabbatical from The Well. It is hard to believe that I have been a pastor there for eleven years as of this past October. In the Spring of 2011 I went to my elder team and asked them for a sabbatical for that summer. But […]

What is your Cross?

This is excellent… “This is what Jesus is pointing to when he calls us to take up our cross. Our cross is not the cantankerous person we have to deal with day by day. Our cross is not the employer we just can’t get along with. Our cross is not that neighbor or work colleague who […]