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

Not just for "Super Christians"

Came across this quote from this blog and wanted to share it: “Just as we are all meant to be contemplatives and hear the voice of God in our lives we are all meant to answer God’s call to be His partners in transfiguring the world. This calling, this encounter with God, is always to […]

Dear Mr. Suburban "Man"

I keep trying to stick it to you. But it’s hard. You’ll be happy to know, You’re doing a darn good job of keeping me down. You tell me that its better to take care of me first and other second… and I believe you. And I get sucked into a lifestyle that revolves around […]

What is the Gospel?

Piggybacking on the question of what you say when someone asks about my church, what do you say if a non-christian were to ask you, “What is the gospel?” Andrew Hamilton a “mate” from Australia (aka Hamo) asks this: “A good friend who would not regard themselves as a Christian asks you ‘What is the […]

What is The Well?

“The Well? What kind of church is that?” I am often asked this question? What do I say? Well, last Sunday night during our Midrash we had some discussion about this and, even more importantly, we had some discussion on how we can learn to be the kind of church we want to be better. […]

Lord Teach Us To Pray Part I – "We Have a Problem"

Of all the things God is challenging me with these days is the issue of prayer. There have been a number of people in my life (books, mentors, friends, family) who have been really calling me out on my prayer habits (or lack-there-of). So, I’ve taken it upon myself to begin a journey that starts […]

What is the Missional Church with Scott Collins-Jones (mp3)

At The Well, I am helping lead a group we are calling H3. This group basically exists to give those who are interested a chance to get a good survey of four main topics: 1) Theology 2) Missional Ecclesiology 3) Servant Leadership and 4) Spiritual Formation. These four topics are being covered by inviting in […]

Praying with the Church

Prayer has always been a struggle for me. I’ve grown up in a tradition that highly values personal prayer and personal scripture reading as the most basic means of Spiritual Formation but if I am being honest, I have struggled my whole life with both of these.Over the past month, I have become more and […]

A Brief History of Israel / The Bible

In my sermon today, to give context to our passage, I went through a very brief, and simplified history of Isreal (story of the bible) through the time of Jesus… Here it is: 1. God creates the world 2. Man’s sin brings the world away from its original intent 3. God promises that Israel, through […]

Missions Trip Pictures…

I just added a few of the over 500+ pictures that we took down in New Orleans. Hopefully this little collection can give you a little idea of our trip… Click on the here to view all the images in a slideshow…

"Mission Trip" or mission trip…

Our plane leaves a little later than we planned so I have time for one more blog post. Lucky me. I was thinking yesterday as we were having a prayer time for our team that is heading to New Orleans that one does not have to “do mission.” I pray that those in our community […]