About Kootenai Community Church
In 1914 the Kootenai Town Site Company deeded two lots to the Church and in 1915 those two lots were mortgaged to the Congregational Church Building Society of New York for $800 to build the church building which is still in use. This first church was incorporated as the First Congregational Church of Kootenai.
The Church had many pastors in the early days due to the fact that their pay was whatever the offering was. This offering would range anywhere from 50 cents to $2.50 a week. Much of the money needed to keep the church running and pay for improvements was raised by the Women’s Auxiliary.
The building was used continually through 1977 mostly as a Sunday School. The group that was meeting in the building at that time moved into Sandpoint and left the building vacant until December 1979.
In December of 1979 a Sunday School was started by Dave Kinne which in 1982 evolved into the Kootenai Community Church of the present day.
In 1993 Dave Kinne retired as Pastor and his son John Kinne took over and pastored until December of 1996. In December of 1996 the current teaching pastor, Jim Osman was installed.
A Vision for the Future
It is one thing to look back at what Kootenai Community Church has been. It is good to be in touch with the elements that have made an organization what it is. However, it is much more difficult to look forward and answer the question, “What will we be in 5, 10, or even 25 years?”
The Kootenai/Sandpoint area is growing at an incredible rate. Statistics from the last Census indicate that the City of Kootenai has grown 10% between 1990 and 2000. That growth is not likely to slow down! With more people coming into our community, we have to ask ourselves, “How are we going to reach all these people with the good news of Jesus Christ?”
We desire that as Kootenai continues to grow, so will the number of people touched by the ministry of Kootenai Community Church and the gospel of Christ. We have a mission that has been given to us by the Savior.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
So, what then, will Kootenai Community Church be in the years to come?
In our immediate future it means the expansion of our physical facilities in order to accommodate the growth and blessing we are experiencing. This expansion through the construction of a new building in Kootenai will give us the facilities to minister to the community via Sunday School, youth ministry and Sunday Morning Worship Services. We are grateful to the Lord for all that He is doing through Kootenai Community Church, and we are looking to the future asking God to increase our effectiveness and the reach of our ministry.
In the years to come, we want to be what we have always been. Through God’s grace Kootenai Community Church will be a place where . . .
- . . . the Scriptures will be expounded. We are committed to the serial, weekly exposition of Scripture. Honoring and teaching the Word of God always has been and always will be a priority at Kootenai Community Church.
- . . . the saints will be exhorted. Through the faithful and consistent exposition of the Scriptures, believers are equipped for life and service.
- . . . the Savior will be glorified. When the Word of God is preached and the saints are equipped to live holy lives of service, the Lord Jesus Christ is glorified.
We are excited about the place that the Lord has for us in His plan for the Kootenai area and beyond. Although we don’t know the future, our God does and thankfully, He guides us through it one step at a time!
Without Wax –
Jim Osman, Pastor/Teacher