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

Top 5 Books for the Back Table?

Steve McCoy asks a great question of his Southern Baptist Friends, “What 5 books would you recommend for a church’s book table?” So, i am stealing the idea for this post from him… Most of the answers there were in the Reformed circles.  Some good titles there.  But, I do wonder what top 5 books […]

Growing Generosity vs. Meeting the Budget

A friend and I were talking through some of the characteristics of The Well today and he made an observation that was very, very encouraging. He said to me, “I love The Well because our focus is on generosity vs. meeting the budget.” I think this is a big difference that is also very subtle. […]

Give Us Your Economic Stimulus Check?

Genuine question here: Would the following quote I found on a church website inspire you to give? Would you find this helpful? Offensive? Annoying? Just fine? Here’s an idea! Whether you normally tithe or regularly put a check in the offering plate or just put in whatever cash you can from your wallet when you […]

A Church of Small Groups? Or Just Community?

I was reading an article on Christianity Today and came across my exact understanding of small groups laid out in a really simple few paragraphs: Okay, let’s all say it together: “We don’t want to be a church with small groups, but a church of small groups.” Everybody says it. Well, everybody but Mecklenburg. We […]

Developing Missional Values, Programs, Budgets, Goals

I am continually trying to work out how to better think through and organize our community in a natural and semi-organic way so that we can best live out or mission and our values. I spend a lot of time thinking about this “organizing for mission” concept and as part of my thinking I brainstormed […]

Giving is Only as Strong as Your Mission…

From an article on The Ooze: Our house church has been thriving now for over 2 years and I can honestly say I’ve not once had to preach a sermon on tithing or giving, and yet our small gathering gave thousands of dollars to the help the poor in our community last year. In fact, […]

Four Missional Movements for the Suburban Church

At The Well, we’ve been studying the book of Acts. Its been a very, very formative and challenging book for us to work through. For me, there have been four ways that my life, and I think our life, has been challenged so far. Here are four movements that I’ve seen: From Individual to Communal […]

Personal Financial Accountability In the Church, A Way Forward

For the first three years of our marriage my wife and I didn’t have any outstanding credit card debt. Then the crap hit the fan. Between some unnecessary purchases, not making enough money, hospital bills, and a string of car repairs, we amassed ourselves some significant credit card debt. Over the last two years we’ve […]

The Consuming Christian and the Consuming Church

I was thinking Sunday morning as I was getting ready for church. I do that sometimes… think, that is. Anyways, we’ve had a number of new people visiting our community recently. There is a general theme going on with their story. Many of these folk have come from either not being in church for a […]

Leading and Speaking with Confidence

I was driving my car today through town and saw this sign on a gas station / car wash. This is one of those higher end car washes that does the whole car, inside and out. The marquee says, “We really know how to clean your car right.” Now, on some level this is a […]