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

Selfish Community

I am writing this offline, so I am not sure exactly what the words were of my thoughts on Franke and Grenz?s book ?Beyond Foundationalism?, but I am also reading ?The Safest Place on Earth? by Larry Crabb and he brings some good thoughts. The basic essence of what my previous post was about was […]

Experiencing "Church"

Since we are down here in Myrtle Beach, playing golf and enjoying nice weather over Christmas :-)…We went to a large evangelical church in the area for Christmas Eve. By all standards it is a great church. I heard a very good explanation of the gospel, a call to genuine Christian discipleship, saw baptisms where […]

Some thoughts on Community:

There is nothing like sitting here in Myrtle Beach on the 10th floor balcony over-looking and hearing the waves splash on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean doing some good reading… I’ve been reading again “Beyond Foundationalism” by Stan Grenz and John Franke. They have some neat discussion of Community being one of the focuses […]

Christmas Vaca…

We’ll be heading down to Myrtle Beach for the next week or so with Melanie’s family. I have had a few people ask me what its going to be like “having” to spend a week with “the in-laws.” I am happy to be able to say that I really do enjoy Melanie’s family (if I […]


I have been working part-time at Starbucks for about 3 1/2 months now and its been a great time. I am pretty committed (at least for now) to continue working there for a while on top of my time at the church. It’s really a great chance to get out of my church sub-culture and […]

Some tough questions…

I’ve been reading (albiet very, very slowly) The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. In it he poses three very good questions about the “gospel” that we preach. He asks: ?Does the gospel I preach and teach have a natural tendency to cause people who hear it to become full-time students of Jesus? ?Would those who […]

Cole's Birth…

I found this journal I wrote back when Cole was born…It’s been almost exactly five months since i wrote this journal entry. My friends say that time passes so quickly and your kids grow up so fast. Even though Cole is only 5 months old, it seems crazy that he is that old already! written: […]

Christmas Party…

We just got back from our JVC Christmas party. I had a great conversation with Tom and Sue (our “grandparents” at church). I got to hear the story of how they met, how they got engaged and just some more about their lives. It’s so awesome to me that faith can bring together a 26 […]

Counter-Cultural Christmas Driving…

Part of the essence of being a follower of Christ is to be counter-cultural like Christ was in His time on earth. Well, this afternoon I found my new means of being “counter-cultural.” Christmas shopping driving. Crazy! My wife, 5 mo. old son and I just spent 30 minutes trying to get out of a […]

Experiencing our Prayer Labyrinth

Last week at church we had a Prayer Labyrinth set up in the other room for our church family to go through before, after and during the service. While you may have never gone through one (as I hadn’t before last Sunday) and it might be something a little “wierd” sounding, for me, it was […]