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

Money and Discipleship.

I’ve been reading Alan and Deb Hirsch’s (Twitter | Website) newest book, Untamed and I’ve really been enjoying it. In their chapter called “kultcha-schmultcha” they have a series of things in the culture that need to be addressed when it comes to discipleship. This is a great section because they touch on a bunch of […]

Church, Where is Your Money Going?

Letting this quote from Brennan Manning sink in a bit today, “To me, the lack of credibility of the Christian church in America is that we are not professional lovers of God and people.  We’ve got this carrying of the Bibles, saying “Praise Jesus!” and we don’t love one another.  We don’t reach out and […]

Generosity and Fear

We are living in a time where fear and despair are the overwhelming attitudes. Whether we’re talking about our personal financial situations or our national financial situation or our world’s financial situation these attitudes are prevalent. Fear. Despair. But as those who profess faith and resurrection, we can’t succumb to fear. We can’t ignore the […]

Use Cash, Spend Less. Boo Credit.

I read this article on today. Bascially it was talking about the shopping habits of Americans this Christmas season. “Most Americans have put themselves on a budget this holiday season and are sticking to it,” said Phil Rist, executive vice president of strategic initiatives at research firm BIGresearch, in a statement. “Retailers are finding […]

Talking About Money in the Church Part 2 (II Cor. 8)

At The Well we have been focusing on 2 Corinthians 8:1-13 during our offering time (which i talked about at greater length here). If you haven’t read/studied this chapter, I encourage you to do so. For us, this has been a really helpful narrative to filter our understanding of stewardship, generosity and giving through. Here […]

Live Blogging: Financial Freedom / Budgeting Seminar with David Briggs

Notes…. The average households under 35 are saving -16% of their income. Financial freedom has nothing to do with our income.  The law of guaranteed wealth: Spend less than you make for a long period of time. Man, these powerpoint slides are from around 1980 or something.  Someone needs to read Presentation Zen! 🙂 Comparison to others […]

What are Some Practical Examples of What it Means to be Missional?

In the comments of the last post, Jim asked this question: “I’m just beginning to try to help my established congregation turn itself into a missional focus. I really like the notes and presentation, but where I struggle is where your presentation leaves off…what does this look like practically…what are the practices your community is […]

The Great Sin of the Western Church?

Last week I wrote about the way that my Zambia has effected me and one of the things that came from it is that we’re hosting a new small group in our house on Sunday nights. We were talking in this new group about how easy it is to departmentalize our lives and so easily […]

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 […]