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

A sick worship leader, site update…

Props to Phil… I have to give props to our worship pastor, Phil. He came in this morning and headed straight to the bathrooom and heaved (a process that he repeated two more times). He stayed and led worship anyways. He reminded me of Michael Jordan in game 6 if that Jazz series… Site Update… […]

Four Diverse and Hopeful Conversations to Bring in the New Year…

So, I brought in the new year in four distinct, yet hopeful conversations… 1 – had a conversation with a former starbucks customer of mine that wants to come out to church because he feels the need for something spiritual in his life. 2 – had a conversation with a new friend who came to […]

del.icio.us Suggestions Anyone?

I just started using del.icio.us and am interested if anyone happens to have any good suggestions on how to best use it to its fullest potential. comment below.

Jake Myers Update…

Last spring we had Jake Myers at The Well as an intern from PTS. We had a great time learning from Jake and we were sad to see him go but excited about his dreams of planting a church in Atlanta called “trinitos.” Today, Jake wrote an update on his blog about how things are […]

Driving down the turnpike…

So, right now i am sitting in the passenger seat of our mini van rental using my Sony Ericsson as a bluetooth modem to connect my powerbook to the internet. it’s official. i am a huge geek.

Christmas Thoughts and vacation…

My family and I are headed off to Tenn. for the week. We’re going down to visit Melanie’s sister and her husband. They recently moved down there and they are working at a camp for teens who are recovering from drugs / alcohol. While i am not looking foward to the 14 hour drive, i […]

The Well Website 2.0

Just launched a new site for The Well. Matt Heerema visited this weekend for a web design conference and helped me put The Well’s site into a WordPress format. I am pretty excited about it because this makes it much easier to update by more people than just me. Let me know if you see […]

Presentation Zen

I have been developing a great appreciation for design that is clean, simple, elegant and usable. I think one of the greatest mistakes designers make is to do “too much” and get way too complicated. A good, clean and simple design requires a lot of restraint but usually results in something that is very effective. […]

New Site

I’ve been working lately on something for the concerts we host at our building. Let me know what you think, if you have any suggestions, what you would change or if you see any typos… Here it is.

New Header Image(s)

The headers images that rotate through in my header are all (except for maybe one) my personal photography. (When i say “rotate” i mean that everytime you visit the page you get a new header – so hit refresh a few times and you’ll see what i mean) You can find descriptions of the images […]