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

Normalizing Individualism and Isolation

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the importance (i.e. necessity) of community to our formation and mission. I just finished up spending a week in Guatemala with Lemonade International.  In the evenings we would naturally debrief all the things that happened that day and all the thoughts that were passing through our heads as […]

Missional In Suburbia: Moving On, But Not Moving Out.

For the last few years, my blog has proudly displayed the subtitle “Living Missionally in Suburban America.”  I’ve been a big proponent of the fact that we must be thinking intentionally about living missionally in our suburban context. Far too often suburbia has been seen as antithetical to being missional. The assumption seemed to be […]

The Cost of Family Time?

I just wrote a post on our Missional in Suburbia website about how we spend money as family when we are going out in the evenings.  Would love to hear your feedback there. Do We Have to Spend Money to Have Fun?

Short Survey on Missional in Suburbia

I’ve stated another blog, resource catalog website that will be focusing on the challenges and opportunities about being missional in suburbia. It’s a joint venture with a friend of mine and I’m excited about.  This isn’t going to be a your typical blog but really it will be a place we categorize and collect thoughts, […]

White Flight? (and the call of the suburban church)

A few friends sent me the link to this article that points out that white, young males are fleeing the suburbs and that, while the burbs still “tilt white…for the first time, a majority of all racial and ethnic groups in large metro areas live outside the city. Suburban Asians and Hispanics already had topped […]

What Story Are You Living? Reflections on Don Miller's Book "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years"

Like many others, I read Donald Miller’s book, “Blue Like Jazz” in about three sittings.  That’s not only cause it’s an easy read, but mostly because he’s a great story teller.  I enjoyed Don’s first book a lot (I can call him Don, after all, like everyone else who reads his book, I feel like […]

On Being Sub-Contextual

Sub-contextual. I am pretty sure I just made that word up. I may have stolen it from someone smarter, but I don’t remember doing so, so I am claiming it as my own. But, I think that’s the best way to describe our church, The Well. You see, we are a church in the heart […]

The Suburban Mob: A Year Later

It has been exactly a year since I put some of the most significant lessons that God had taught me in the last few years  to words. It was called, “Are You Rioting with the Suburban Mob.” I’ve been reflecting on these thoughts and where we are as a family now, a year later.  I […]

Revolutionary Road & Suburbia

Last night my wife and I watched the movie Revolutionary  Road.  I really didn’t know much about it other than it was a critique on suburbia.  Wow, this is a movie that one needs to sit with for a while.   Have you see it? What were your reactions to it?  I loved the voice of the […]

The Next Steps for The Well

May 12, 2009 Dear Church Family, During our worship gathering on Sunday we took a break from our regular sermon series in order to look back at the early dreams and passions of The Well and to celebrate how God is making these dreams a reality. (You can listen to the audio on the church […]