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

Follow Me. Walking with Jesus.

Discipleship as the Call of the Kingdom (i.e. a brain dump on discipleship) The call of the Kingdom is Jesus’ call to “follow me”. If the kingdom is the in-breaking of God’s reign, the call of “follow me” is the call to bring your life under that reign. If the Kingdom is that God is […]

Balcony-Type Christianity?

We just started a study of the book of Mark at The Well. Been reading George Ladd’s A Theology of the New Testament and thought I would share this gem with you, “Mark campaigns against balcony-type Christians who are too high for mission and discipleship that in Mark’s terms necessarily involves cross-bearing and self-sacrifice.” One […]

I am Joining the Lemonade International Board

It was with a deep sense of humility that I can announce that I have officially joined the board of Lemonade International.  Lemonade International exists to “educate and empower the people of the largest urban slum in Central America, La Limonada.” La Limonada is known to have the 4th highest murder rate in the world. […]

Top 5 Books of 2010

This has not been my best reading year in terms of number of books.  However, I was able to read a few great books that are worth mentioning. So, I proudly present to you my top five books of 2010. Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ Eugene Peterson I love Eugene Peterson’s […]

God is With Us.

Immanuel. God is with us. Wait. Stop. Listen again… Immanuel. God is with us. God. Is. With. Us. Wait. God is with you. Sure. But God is with me? Yes. Really? Yes. You don’t need to come to Jesus. He’s has come to you. He has pursued you. Loves you. Yes, you. The wait is […]

Six Themes of Change in the Church

Scot McKnight points to some new research by Barna. Kinda depressing really.

My heart is completely about to explode…

We’ve been intentionally pursuing friendship with the folks in La Limonada, Guatemala over the past year.  This community has become dear to our hearts. Some great news! The “Mi Casita” Safe Home has become a reality for the first eleven children who have just moved into the place they will now call “home” – where they […]

Do Youth Groups Destroy Children's Lives?

Needless to say this post has gotten a lot of action. 65 comments and 55 tweets.  David lays out some provocative and interesting thoughts on youth ministry. I personally thing he’s making some excellent points.

Give the Gift of Hope For Christmas

I was part of an awesome book project called ViralHope: Good News from the Urbs to the Burbs (and Everything in Between). It was edited by my good friend JR Woodward and was published on Ecclesia Press. This book is a collection of a lot (I forget the number!) of short essays on the good […]

Are People Generally Screw Ups?

As you can tell I’ve been reading the book by Margaret J Wheatley called, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time. I can’t say enough good things about this book. That’s probably why I keep on quoting from it. I think she has some important things to say to us, especially those of us who […]