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

Towards a Discipleship Framework

I’ve been working on the following thoughts for the last year or so and I am honestly apprehensive to even publish this because it has morphed and changed so much over the last year.  It’s far from perfect but I’d love to hear your thoughts to improve it and tighten it up a bit.  Discipleship […]

Diversity, Unity and Submission

I can’t believe it’s been almost nine years since I met Laurence Tom. LT, as we call him, in a Chinese-American pastor in Chinatown Center City.  I met him while we were in seminary. I should actually say I met him while he was in seminary as I am still in the process finishing my […]

The Well: What Are We Doing?

A semi-concise, not perfect, overly-wordy description of what The Well is all about… I have said many times throughout the last couple years that I would rather work nowhere else than at The Well. You could make me an offer to work full-time with a $120,000 salary in a well established, very respected congregation and […]

Scripture & Culture Seminar with Guder & Crouch

I’m breaking out of my blogging slump to make sure you know about a conference/seminar that I’m really looking forward to. On Saturday October 24, 2009 from 10 am to 4 pm The Well and Renew Community will be co-hosting Dr. Darrell Guder and Andy Crouch for a conversation about Culture and Scripture. The event […]

July 2009 Update on The Well

I’ve posted a new update on some of the things we are focusing on at The Well, the church community I am part of.  You can read them here. Enjoy.

The Ol' Pastor Swap

This weekend I am swapping pulpits with Rev. Greg Holston of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Trevose, PA.  St. Matthew is a predominately african-american congregation in our town that we partner with on occasion.   Pastor Greg will be preaching at The Well, which I will be very sad to miss. I heard him preach at our […]

It's Official: I'm Going Back to Starbucks

It’s hard to believe but I have been a pastor at The Well for about nine years now. In those years, I’ve served at The Well on a part-time-paid basis. This has been an intentional model for us as it allows our church to have a more diverse staff and leadership. This has served us […]

My Interview at The Idea Camp

When I was at The Idea Camp in LA I had the privilege of sitting down with Cynthia Ware and talking a bit about our church and our mission. Disclaimer: I’m bad with dates off the top of my head so i don’t know that the years in this interview are totally correct. 🙂 The […]

Surprised by Scripture

I never cease to be amazed at how scripture surprises me. Over the last two years we’ve preached through Exodus, Acts and now we’re finishing up Ephesians. Each of these books (especially Exodus and Acts) have had some seemingly difficult, boring or irrelevant passages in them. Exodus and Acts had more because they are narratives. […]

Church History Class – 400 years in 4 hours.

My co-pastor, the one and only Gary Alloway, will be teaching a course on church history tomorrow morning at The Well. The class starts at 9am and goes till 1:00. In those four hours he’ll be covering 400 years of church history from the end of Acts to Constantine. Gary is a history buff and […]