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

Normalizing Individualism and Isolation

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the importance (i.e. necessity) of community to our formation and mission. I just finished up spending a week in Guatemala with Lemonade International.  In the evenings we would naturally debrief all the things that happened that day and all the thoughts that were passing through our heads as […]

The Primary Task of the Church?

“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:28 The church, in the context of its missional calling, must work with all its energy to present […]

The Way of the Christ, the Way of the Cross

When we make sure the cross is at the center of the gospel, we realize that the way of Christ is one of redemption through sacrifice and struggle and that those on the inside are those who humbly trust him with the whole of their lives and entrust themselves wholly to his agenda and his […]

The Vocation of Marriage…

Marriage is intended as a redemptive partnership that serves as an example to the world of the in-breaking reality of God among us. It points backward to God’s original intent for creation while pointing forward to what will be true again in the future. This is the vocation of marriage.

Is Diversity About Being Hip and Relevant?

Great article on diversity and the changing world from Faith and Leadership: Most of us have heard a variation of this statement: “The United States is becoming increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. To stay ‘relevant,’ we must adapt to this new reality.” I have often wondered exactly what this statement is supposed to mean for […]

Reflecting on Back Surgery & the Poor

For the last 6 months my I’ve had shooting pain down my left leg in addition to it going numb all the way down to my toes whenever I stand for more than 3-5 minutes. Strangely, it has been the worst when walking through a grocery store. I’ve taken that as a sign to stop […]

Few Bear the Cross

From The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’Kempis, “Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo […]

Two Super-Easy Steps to Preaching a Holistic Gospel

We all think we are preaching a holistic gospel. In all my years of interacting with pastors, teachers and leaders I have never met anyone who got into a pulpit on a regular basis and said “I think I am going to preach a one-sided gospel.” In reality, none of us are preaching a fully holistic gospel, […]

It's not me, It's you: Being Part of the God's Family

A prayer from this mornings reading in Common Prayer Lord, our efforts at faithfulness are fraught with failure more often than we care to admit. Thank you that your love for us is never wasted. Keep us rooted in your word, eating at your table, and praying by your Spirit, so that we may remember […]

What is the Form and Function of the Church?

A community that is guided by the scriptures. Without the scriptures, we’d have no direction or compass. Its our family history.  It’s gives us a trajectory for our future.  When we read the scriptures we read them in community with a missional bent. A community that is dependent on the Spirit. Without the dependence on […]