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

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 […]

A Short Introduction to NASCAR Fashion

Today, my son and I took a (now annual) trip to Dover, DE to see the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It was a beautiful day and a great race. Since I had a zoom lens, I took the opportunity to take some pictures that give you a little picture of the diverse group of people […]

The Natural: Cole Hiestand

At Bat: Cole Hiestand from Todd Hiestand on Vimeo. Cole is 5 1/2 and has been hitting like this for about a year and a half. He loves baseball and he asks to play almost everyday. Since we watch the Cubs all the time, his swing is a combination of Derek Lee and Alphonso Soriano. […]

Life with Three Kids

We have three kids in our house. Three different personalities. Three different temperaments. One of them just sits there and sleeps most of the day. The other two go back and forth between being best friends and wanting to kill each other. The friends thing is amazingly cute and fun to watch. The wanting to […]

Welcome Elliot James Hiestand

For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook you might not have heard that we now have three kids. Elliot James Hiestand was born on Saturday at 12:59pm. As you can tell from the images he’s quite a good looking kid. Here he is with his two brothers:

Church as Family

In the next few weeks I’ll be a dad for the third time. This is kind of a strange thing and, despite the size of my beautiful wife’s belly, it hasn’t sank in quite yet. I keep asking her, “are you sure there is a baby in there?” She keeps saying yes. I’ll trust she […]

Social Networking for Dummies (Advanced Version)

So over Christmas this past year I spent some time trying to explain to my family how I spend use the different social networking websites out there. It took some time but I finally resorted to drawing it out on a napkin so it made some sense.  While I participate in an number of different […]

Paying Attention to What's in Front of Me

Those of you who visit my blog daily, whoever you are, may have noticed that I’m not posting as much as I had been recently. That’s on purpose. I’m doing my best to pay attention to the things that are right in front of me and not spread myself too thin. I often, with the […]

Thinking about 2009 – A More Disciplined Life

I’ve been processing things like resolutions and goals more than ever this year. I’ve been thinking through a lot of different things but the one I keep coming back to is my need for a more disciplined work week.  It’s not that I am totally undisciplined. I mean, if I were there is no way […]

Use Cash, Spend Less. Boo Credit.

I read this article on CNN.com 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 […]