The Pursuit’s Permanant Placement
Mobile church puts down roots in southeast Minot
The Pursuit, an ever-growing, Minot-based church, is taking a big step Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of moving into a permanent home.
The new building is located at 515 20th Avenue SE in the former Magic City Harley-Davidson building and services will be held at regular times on Sundays at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
This Sunday’s gathering will celebrate the newly renovated space and welcome key individuals from the project, city officials and everyone from the community to come experience a service in the new building. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Pursuit is just shy of its fifth birthday. In April 2013, it made a splash in the local news with billboards announcing the first service for the new church that read “New Church in an Old Strip Club.” While that downtown building, the former Chicago Club, served well for a time, the church quickly outgrew the space and began meeting in locations across town.
Each Sunday for the past few years, volunteers have set up and tore down “church” in hotel ballrooms, city parks and even the State Fair grounds. Over time, the church grew to more than 1,100 attendees each Sunday, making it one of the fastest growing churches in North Dakota, and making it increasingly difficult to find a local space that could accommodate the crowd.
“We are excited to focus all of the time and energy we have put into setting up and tearing down in various locations into ministry,” said Nick Bawden, executive pastor. “We will be able to invest in people’s lives and Minot in a greater way.”
Acquiring the building came with challenges. Once leaders decided to purchase the building, they had six weeks to raise the money necessary to move forward with the project. Between community partnerships and member contributions, the funds were raised and the project began in June 2017.
The completed building has a dynamic, flexible space that can support the church’s ministries as they function.
“We brought in many mobile concepts we learned along the way to have a building that can be stewarded well for maximum impact,” Bawden said.
As has become the culture within the church, the completion of the building project is a culmination of the efforts of many.
“We are blown away at the radical generosity of people given and sacrificed to make this project happen,” Bawden said. “We want to thank all those who have given to this project over the last year. We also want to thank our local city officials, Hight Construction and Prairie Engineering for working with us to make this happen.”
While the church continues to grow and flourish in this new space, Bawden said the focus remains on helping people in Minot connect in small groups outside of large Sunday gatherings.
“We believe that when people are connecting relationally in a meaningful way, real life change can happen,” Bawden said. “Groups focus on being there for each other, praying for each other and encouraging each other to take the next steps in their faith regardless of where they are at.
“Our hope is that as we reach more people we can continue to get people connected relationally and see groups continue to drive our mission in North Dakota.”
To find out more information about The Pursuit Minot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thepursuit.church.