Dylan's Internship Testimony

Dylan Sohie spent the last year as an intern with our church. He and his wife, Christy, made sacrifices so that he could serve us. They’re both to be commended.

The pastors are encouraged by the grace they’ve seen in Dylan’s life and are committed to helping him steward his gifts in the future. They believe he may be called to pastoral ministry in the future and hope it’s with us.

We asked Dylan to give a testimony about his internship this past Sunday. Here’s what he shared:

Last September I began an 11-month pastoral internship here at Sovereign Grace in order to work alongside the pastoral team, explore my gifting, competency, and fitness for ministry.

There were no promises and no boxes to be checked off. Going into the internship, if I am honest, I was a little nervous. Not because I wasn’t excited, but simply because this wasn’t my first time, believe it or not, being employed by Eric Turbedsky.

About 7 years ago I had about a 2 week stint “helping”--notice the air quotes--Eric fix up his rental house in Orange.

Let’s just say he doesn’t live there anymore.

I dug a few holes, pulled roots, moved dirt, and one thing I haven’t been asked to do by anybody since: I “painted”.

My painting skills earned me the nickname “baby hands.”

In fact, I am so bad at painting that one time, as Eric was trying to teach me, he stopped, looked me in the eye, and said “Dylan, I used to own a painting company. I know the learning curve. I don’t think painting is your thing.”

So, going into the internship, I was nervous that at the end of 11 months of working with the pastors I would hear Eric say: “Dylan, I have been a pastor for many years. I know the learning curve. This is not your thing.”

But now, at the end of the internship, I have learned some things about the pursuit of pastoral ministry that have made it all worth it no matter where I turn up:

  1. Pastoral ministry is God’s thing. God calls and God equips for pastoral ministry. I can rest without a promise to be a pastor because the God we serve has promised peace with Him and the eternal joy of knowing His Son and this is enough.

  2. Pastors aren’t special, but their calling is. Being a pastor involves doing a lot of things that other people don’t want to do and then being critiqued for the way you do it. It involves denying yourself and humbly accepting criticism. Pastor’s are ordinary Christians who are called to point people to an extraordinary savior. 

  3. Jesus is our true pastor. Jesus is the one who brings us to God. He is our example of sacrifice, but beyond that He himself is our peace with God. Pastoral ministry can’t happen without acknowledging that those you pastor must first be pastored by Him.

To sum it up: the internship was a success. Not because it promised anything, but because it taught me more about the value of the promises of God. In closing, I just wanted to say thank you to my wife Christy, for being my best friend, helper, support, and for sacrificing her time with me so that we could explore my calling. I want to say thank you to the pastoral team for not only being good “bosses” but for being good friends and brothers to me as I learned. I want to thank you, Church, for investing in me and in training and equipping for leadership. And last of all, I want to praise God for His goodness and grace to sinful men like me, and, most of all, His glory.

We’re committed to training the next generation of church leaders in Orange County. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities with our church, head here and fill out the form.

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A Seat At The Table

A Place to Belong

Our small groups are the backbone of our community life. It's here that we grow as followers of Jesus in the stuff of everyday life. We listen to one another. We pray for one another. We offer godly counsel to one another. We meet one another's needs.

If you haven’t yet joined one, get an invite here.

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14 Meetings Per Month

Our groups are led by and filled with church members. People who love Jesus and want to grow in His grace. They meet twice each month on either a Wednesday or Friday evening.

Pray for Them

What happens in these meetings is so important. We want God to be at work. Join us in praying.

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Sohie Group - Orange
Adam Group - Orange
Smetona Group - Orange
Servin Group - Anaheim
Card Group - Tustin
Christensen Group - Irvine

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God Is Saving People We Will Never Meet

Our denomination, Sovereign Grace Churches, has just released a new mission video featuring Trinity Grace Church in Athens, TN. Pastors Eric and Dustin have both been involved with this church as they prepared to launch. It’s a privilege to have partners in the gospel like our brothers and sisters in Athens, TN.

Watch the video above, rejoice in God’s grace to them, and pray for their efforts to establish an outpost for the gospel in rural Tennessee.

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Christians Have The Corner On Hope

The Future is Impossibly Bright

On Sunday Pastor Eric preached from 1 Peter 1:3-5. The new life that we have in Christ through His resurrection is the source of our hope. His very life courses through our veins. Our eternal inheritance is being kept for us and we are being kept for it by God’s power.

Listen to the sermon.

Secure Your Spot At Our 2020 Men's Retreat

Registration is now open for our every-other-year Men’s Retreat. The three Sovereign Grace churches of California are joining forces for another weekend of teaching, fellowship, food, and competitions. Our last one was fantastic.

Thursday 2/6/2020 to Saturday 2/8/2020
Idyllwild, CA

Ben Kreps, a pastor from our sister church in Harrisburg, PA, is our guest speaker. Our theme is “The Power of God: How the Gospel Conquers Men.” Young men ages 14 and up are welcome to join.

More details are available on the registration page.

Men, make this investment in your own growth and in our partnership. Ladies, make sure your man gets up there.

Scholarships and financial aid are available. Spots are limited, so secure yours ASAP.

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Let Us Not Limit God

“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.’”
-Andrew Murray

Every Tuesday morning from 6:30am-7:15am we gather for prayer in Old Towne Orange. We pray because we are needy and our God is generous. We pray because the Lord invites us to ask persistently (Matt. 7:7-8). God is using our prayers to accomplish His purposes.

We know not everyone is able to attend. But if you can, make this part of your weekly schedule.

Get all the details here.

We can’t wait to pray with you.

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September Bible Memory Challenge
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September’s Verse: Isaiah 40:28-31 (ESV)

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

How are you doing this month?

We’re halfway nearly halfway through September. There’s still plenty of time to complete the challenge for this month. Act now, don’t delay.

How to Participate

For memorizing, we recommend you read the verse 10 times then recite it 10 times. Do this each day and within a few days it will stick. Learn more about how to memorize Scripture here and here.

Once you have it memorized, recite it for us before the month is over. You have two options:

  1. Record a video and send it to info@sovgraceoc.org. You’re on the honor system. We trust you.

  2. Head to our Welcome Desk on a Sunday morning and recite it to one of the Connect Team members. After you do, send an email to info@sovgraceoc.org letting us know which Connect Team member you recited it to.

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Send Us Your Photos

Picturing God's Work Among Us

Photos help us capture significant moments in our life together. They remind us of the good things God has done in our church. They tell the story of our church to our friends and guests.

Help Us Capture More

We invite you to send us your photos. When you're at our services, events, and small group meetings, snap pictures. Photos of people are the best. You don't have to be a professional.

To make it easy on you, all you need to do is email them to our photo account.