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

Comcast. Thanks.

These last two months we have been dealing with terrible customer service by that demon-possessed company Comcast.  So far we’ve had two cable boxes, three house visits by “expert” techs, 6 long and annoying phone calls where every operator i talked to gave me a different story.  We still don’t have cable that totally works.  […]

Letting the Scripture "Get You"

Reading William Willimon’s book, “Pastor” and came across this thought, “A friend of mine says that there are at least two ways of knowing. One is that of the mathematics and similar endeavors, such as when you are working with a tough mathematical problem, struggling, and then at last you say, ‘I got it!’ That […]

Reflections on Katrina Relief Trip

Here is a brief snapshot of some of the things that I took away from last week… Finding unity in service: There is something to be said about how service and trials can unite communities and people that otherwise might not agree with each other, talk to each other or even like each other.  I […]

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…


We are back from New Orleans.  The trip was amazing.  We are very, very tired.  I’ll write more this week…


I am off to Grenta, LA with 12 other people from our church to serve in the relief efforts for the next 8 days. Keep us in prayer if you think about it… So, no blogging from me for a week. Enjoy the silence…

On Giving and Taking Criticism

I’m not usually one for recycling old posts, but I was looking through my blog archives and came across this. I think its an important topic and wanted to share it again… Fact is, criticism is pretty easy to give. Its also a fact that criticism isn’t easy to take. Being a pastor and…well…a person […]