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

The Church Informing the Powers…

Sometimes all you need is a little quote from NT Wright to get your blood flowing… “It is by the Church living as the one believing community, in which barriers of race, class, gender and so forth are irrelevant to membership and to holding of office, that the principalities and powers are informed in no […]

The Pastor's Responsibility

A friday rebuke/correction/encouragement from our friend Eugene Peterson, “It is the pastor’s responsibility to keep the community attentive to God. It is this responsibility that is being abandoned in spades.” From Working the Angles

What Do We become Christians for?

From David Bosch’s brilliant little book, Believing in the Future, As we call people (back) to faith in God through Jesus Christ, we must help them to articulate an answer to the question “what do we ahve to become Christians for?” As least part of the answer to this question will have to be: “In […]

Working Through the Pain

Still reading the book Failure of Nerve.  He’s writing about how leadership is affected by the way people and people groups in our society want the quickest relief possible even if it isn’t the best way forward.   Friedman writes, For there is no way out of a chronic condition unless one is willing to […]

Leader: It's Your Fault / Responsibility

Last week I wrote a little bit about how leaders need to take reponsibiltiy when things go wrong in their communities or organizations. Far too often we are quick to blame it on those we are trying to lead. Seth Godin says it in his book Tribes better than I did and clearer than Edwin […]

Amazing People

Been loving Seth Godin’s little book called Tribes. It’s full of some amazing one liners and is the kind of book that makes you want to get up off the couch and change the world. Here’s a good one: “When you have amazing people and give them freedom, they do amazing stuff.” Seth Godin, Tribes […]

What is Mission?

“Mission is more than and different from recruiting to our brand of religion; it is alerting people to the universal reign of God.” David Bosch in Believing the Future

The Church as Sent: Five Important Thoughts from David Bosch

I’ve been reading David Bosch’s book “Transforming Mission” for almost four years now. If you are familiar with the book, you will know why its taken me so long to get through it. It is essentially a summary of paradigm shifts in how mission has been understood throughout history. It’s widely respected and largely identified […]

Lesslie Newbigin on Election

Great stuff from my favorite author… No one can say why it is that one was chosen and another not, why it is that here the word came “not only in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost” (1 Thess. 1:5), while there the same word carried no regenerating power. The […]

NT Wright on the Resurrection & the Church

Reading NT Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope this afternoon. A few quotes for your reading pleasure: The mission of the church is nothing more or less than the outworking, in the power of the Spirit, of Jesus’s bodily resurrection and thus the anticipation of the time when God will fill the earth with his glory, […]