Where We Worship: Eastpoint uses massive space to reach out to community

Eastpoint Church, in Spokane Valley, is home to 3,000 members.
Eastpoint Church, in Spokane Valley, is home to 3,000 members.

SPOKANE VALLEY — If you’ve been to Spokane Valley, you’ve probably seen Eastpoint Church.

It’s the old K-Mart and Dollar Store building — with 75,000 square-feet of worship space, offices, youth areas and auditoriums.

Pastor Kurt Bubna explained the facility sat empty for two or three years before the church moved into it. The congregation, which then had 350 members, had outgrown its location on Argonne. It moved into the 35,000 square foot vacant K-Mart and later took over the Dollar Store, too.

Today Eastpoint reaches 3,000 people each Sunday between its two worship services, including 250 children and youth.

“Nobody is more surprised than me by how good God’s been,” Bubna said. “I’m very humbled and grateful.”

He said Eastpoint began in 2003 as a mission church of Life Center Foursquare Church. It was the first church Life Center started in Spokane Valley. Eastpoint still has a strong relationship with Life Center, but is an independent, non-denominational church, he explained.

Life Center Lead Pastor Joe Witter will speak at Eastpoint on Jan. 6 when the church celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Bubna said there are plenty of ways for people to get involved at Eastpoint, including a men’s group, a women’s group, discipleship classes and life groups. Antioch School of Ministry is also housed at the church. Antioch is a bible-based ministry training program, Bubna explained.

Eastpoint also works with local schools and is focused on working with the Spokane Valley community, he added.

Another ministry, Bubna said, is The Single Parent Pantry, where single parents can go to get a variety of basic household items.

Sunday worship is at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Bubna said services are informal and the music is “edgy.” People come from all over Spokane and nearby Idaho to worship there, he said.

“If you’re looking for something casual and contemporary, yet very real and very transparent, we’re that church,” he said.

Where We Worship is a Spokane Faith & Values feature that profiles different houses of worship in the Spokane area. To have your organization featured email tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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