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

Economic Stimulus or Missional Stimulus?

I read recently on Al Hsu’s blog this post about how our economy depends on us buying things that we don’t need.  That’s sad. Really sad. As Al said in his post, “So what happens if people only buy what they actually need? The economy collapses, because it’s based on us all buying unnecessary stuff? […]

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, […]

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 […]