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 few thoughts on PPSD – (Post Pastoral Stress Disorder)

A friend messaged me this afternoon… I call this PPSD. Post Pastoral Stress Disorder. Here’s a challenge: Don’t only meet with your pastor when you have something to complain about. In my unscientific research, I’d say that at least 90% of the time when someone wants to meet with a pastor, its because they “need […]

Pastors and All. The. Drama. Or, Why Pastoral Care Must Be Communal

I wrote a bit yesterday about how I have discovered that I don’t love the church just because I was a pastor. That said, the last few months of not being a pastor, has brought some areas of great relief. Let’s be honest, pastoring is not easy and I’m actively trying to pay attention to how I can support […]

When God Gives You a Push

“Sometimes God calls you into new things, sometimes God pushes you into new things..” This was my dad’s response to me as I shared with him some of the questions I was asking related to my vocational and occupational life. It became clear that this was one of those instances where God was pushing, and […]

The Problem of Western Cultural views of how to lead and organize

Yep.. Western cultural views of how best to organize and lead (the majority paradigm in use in the world) are contrary to what life teaches. Western practices attempt to dominate life; we want life to comply with human needs rather than working as partners. This disregard for life’s dynamics is alarmingly evident in today’s organizations. […]

A Genuine Question about Teams and Committees in Churches

We’ve been forming some excellent teams at The Well, it’s been beautiful to see them flourish and work. At the same time, I always hear about how “bad” committees are in churches.  I’ve never really been part of one, but apparently there is something annoying about them. So, if teams are good and committees are […]

Two Ways to Handle Conflict, One That Doesn’t Suck

It’s fascinating how much frustration and misunderstanding is really easily taken care of by honest, open, vulnerable conversation. As a pastor (and a human for that matter), I tend to make decisions that effect people. Sometime these decisions are received well. Other times, not so much. Usually someone is happy while someone else is pissed. […]

The Problem with Using Your Inbox as your Task List

Over the years I have found different ways to be productive and get things done. I have two tried and true methods that have stuck with me for quite a while. I use my email inbox + my Moleskine to manage the things I have to get done. For people who know me, they always […]

What does an apostolic leader do anyways?

Over the past 10 years, I think I’ve asked about every one of my pastor-friends the question, “what is it that you do during the week?” or “how do you spend your time?”  I’ve asked because I was sensing that I was not a typical pastor and quite honestly, I did not know what to […]

Are People Weary about Generosity?

“People are weary of being asked to do the least they can possibly do. People are yearning to measure the full distance of their potential on behalf of the causes they care about deeply, but they have to be asked.”  Dan Pallotta From Dan’s provocative TedTalk

Preaching in Community

I think the following is a fair statement: One of the most individual things done in churches these days is preaching. To be kind, this seems unfortunate. While I do not generally think that sermons should be a free-for-all, I also do not think that sermons should be the result of one person sitting quietly […]