This day is memorable. On this day, 32 years ago, a ten plus year dream started to unfold.  That year, April 19, 1987 was on Easter Sunday, not Good Friday as it is in 2019. But that day, 32 years ago, was the launch of a vision, Cape Christian.  This year, this day, is the beginning of eight Easter weekend services. There were only 97 of us who gathered in a school cafeteria on this special day over three decades ago.  This weekend, there will be several thousand who will gather on a beautiful 14 acre campus.  So many things have changed.  So many things are exactly the same.

Here’s what has changed:

  • We used to speak about reaching hundreds and now it is about thousands.
  • We used to need a dozen volunteers to make an event successful and now we need hundreds.
  • We used to have overhead projectors, projection screens, analog sound boards and land lines and now we have video, computers, internet, smart phones, digital sound and LED walls.
  • We used to have one person who could oversee an event, now it takes a huge team of leaders to make it all work.

Here’s what hasn’t changed:

  • It’s all about Jesus.  It was then.  It is now. Jesus died and rose again.  For me.  For you.  For everyone.
  • Everyone matters.  Every life is important.  No one is just a number in a massive crowd.  Everyone’s story is significant.
  • We always bring our best.  Excellence honors God and inspires people.  Then and now.
  • We are faith-filled, big thinkers.  We dream big, celebrate big, and take big risks because we serve a big God.  Always have. Always will.

Much more could be added but I’m grateful for this day, this very special day.  A day to give thanks for God’s goodness and grace shown through what Jesus did for us on the cross and through His resurrection.  Happy Easter weekend!  And Happy 32ndAnniversary to Cape Christian!

NOTE: For more refections on Cape Christian’s history, check out past blogs at significant points in our history. For a Good Friday refection, go to this blog.

12 responses to April 19 is Always a Special Day

  1. Charmé on April 23, 2019 at 1:02 PM Reply

    Very cool! To the glory of God. Blessings to all on the great things He has accomplished through your dream and commitment over these 32 years!!

  2. Laura Gibbons McGuckin on April 19, 2019 at 2:48 PM Reply

    Cape Christian quickly became home to my husband and I 2+ years ago. The energy, love, acceptance, inspiration, laughter and fun have breathed new life and spirit into my life. Thank you, Dennis and Team!

  3. Ed Schultz on April 19, 2019 at 1:54 PM Reply

    Janet and I are glad to have been a part of it since Christmas 2000.

  4. John Hawkins on April 19, 2019 at 1:09 PM Reply

    I thank the Lord each day for the friend who introduced me to you Dennis and Cape Christian.

  5. Ron on April 19, 2019 at 11:19 AM Reply

    And we used to have a praise team with a harmonica or an organ, an acoustic guitar, and a piano. Praise God for what He has done and continues to do.

    • Dennis Gingerich on April 19, 2019 at 12:55 PM Reply

      Thanks! And there are many other “used to’s” I could have mentioned. We did everything with excellence as much we could at the time and we did what was relevant at that time and used the gifting of the people we had at that time.

      • Tom Hoerner on April 19, 2019 at 1:31 PM Reply

        Even though I go to North Shore Alliance I will always remember our talks back in those days. You are a great leader. I really appreciate your bringing thousands to Christ. Thanks! Tom H

        • Dennis Gingerich on May 6, 2019 at 5:08 PM Reply

          Thanks Tom! Glad to hear you are involved at North Shore Alliance. That’s a great church!

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