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

Blog Silence – New Website

I have been silent on my blog for a bit. It’s for good reason. I have been working like crazy to get a new version of our church’s website up. This is the first site that i have really done myself from the ground up (with a help here or there from my good friends […]

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 […]

Suffering Has a Face….

I am speechless as I read the following e-mail (and others Katie has written before it). I think that through this e-mail describing Katie’s experiences… in some small, minute and miniscule way, suffering has begun to take the shape of a face. I know that unless I experience Katie’s experiences I will never understand. I […]

Converstions with Cole…

We just posted a new video of Cole on our .mac website. Definately worth taking a look…


Cole did the coolest thing today…we spent a few hours together while Melanie was working. Of course I took the time to introduce him to computers and websites. It was a good education time for him and I know he learned alot (for a 4 month old!). In the midst of it, he started getting […]

Exodus 32…

We had a neat discussion in our small group on prayer and Exodus 32 tonight. Being someone who considers themselves someone who belives very strongly in the soverignty of God, this chapter of scripture poses some interesting questions. It would be so easy to explain this away like I am so tempted to do, but […]