Growing by leaps and bounds

The Pursuit, a nondenominational church in Minot, is not only one of the community’s newest church, but is also one of the fastest growing as well.

The church was established in January 2014 by Pastor Tom Foisy.

“It was a couple of families in a living room praying and dreaming of starting a movement,” Foisy said.

At the time, there was a just a handful of individuals attending worship services at the church.

Now, there is more than 1,000 individuals attending Sunday worship, which includes men, women and children. Foisy says there are ministries for specifically children.

The congregation meets every Sunday at the Holiday Inn-Riverside, 2200 E. Burdick Expy., with services at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

“We have a passion to reach out to people who others haven’t reached,” Foisy said. “We try to provide a safe space for all people to come together.”

Foisy, a native of Washington state, met his wife, Shannon, at Northwest Nazarene University. She is from Sidney, Mont.

Upon graduation, they decided to move closer to family. Once she was offered a job at a hospital in Minot, the Foisys decided to call Minot their home.

“We preach from the Bible that Jesus is our Savior,” Foisy said.

With the growth in the congregation, the Pursuit will have a new home for worship services later this year.

Foisy says the church has purchased the old Magic City Harley-Davidson building. He says the closing date on the purchase is June 3.

After some repairs to the building, Foisy says the congregation will be worshipping in its new home by this fall.

He says the growth of the church is truly humbling.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s so cool to see God doing extraordinary things.”

As for the future, Foisy expects his congregation to continue to grow.

“The big thing is as long as people don’t know Jesus and are going to different churches,” he said. “There is always an opening for growth.”

He says one of the things that makes the church special is the authenticity.

“You can spot a phony,” he said. “All the people who give up their time and talents to serve in the church and then they live it out in their own lives.”

Foisy says the church gives back to the community in a number of ways including service projects and helping in causes such as reducing abusive homes and sex trafficking.

But through it all, Foisy says he is human just like anyone else.

“I’m a pastor,” he said. “But I’m a guy. I’m preaching from personal-live experiences.”

According to the church’s website, the Pursuit is based on six core values, which include: people matter; bring the mess, Jesus can handle it; do whatever it takes; take ownership; take next steps, radical generosity.

“We are one of the many awesome churches (in Minot),” Foisy said. “We are so blessed to be a part of the faith-based community.”

For additional information on the church, go online to thepursuitminot.org.

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