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The hope of Press Pause Ministries is that individuals, groups and organizations would learn to implement pause in their lives so they can experience God in a more personal and transformative way.

 

Why do we care?

Our lives in this 21st century are busy and full to the degree that the thought of slowing our pace escapes us, and the possibility of empty space in our lives is more myth than reality. Too many of us feel that the walls are closing in and the margins of life are small to non-existent. The Creator has woven into the fabric of His relationship with humanity words like Sabbath, rest, waiting and stillness. All these seem to suggest the cessation of movement or activity.

Psalm 118:5
“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord and He brought me into a spacious place.”

When we pause with God long enough to hear His voice, learn about ourselves, and experience transformation, we actually discover His spacious place of life and love and become more effective ministers of His good news. We believe that helping people and organizations learn to pause to be with the Lord will result in greater spiritual health, thus causing their personal and organizational lives to flourish.

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Jon Byron

Jon Byron is a gifted conference and retreat speaker, singer/songwriter and spiritual director who is able to combine gentle humor, strong Biblical content and practical application into challenging messages. He served for nine years as Pastor of Spiritual Direction on the staff at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, CA. He also has ministered nationally and internationally through concerts, teaching, evangelizing, and spiritual direction. He has written and produced several recordings including his most recent, “All I Really Need.”

Among his other activities he is a founding member of The Leadership Institute and presently serves on the faculty. Jon travels and ministers on behalf of Press Pause Ministries encouraging individuals and groups to pause and experience God’s transforming presence. He says of himself, “I’m learning each day the necessity and joy of pressing pause to create space in my life to experience the Lord.”

Jon is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Monastery of the Risen Christ School for Spiritual Directors. He is married to Francie and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, Creator, personal and triune.

  • We believe in the full authority of the Scriptures.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ, being fully God, became fully human by taking on human flesh through the virgin birth.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ accomplished redemption by His atoning death and bodily resurrection and now lives in glory and will return again.
  • We believe that all who receive Jesus Christ by faith as their own Savior are saved not by personal merit but by Christ’s death and resurrection.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and empowers every believer that each may be conformed to the image of Christ and united in the fellowship of the Body of Christ, the Church.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ has commissioned all believers to be disciples and then to make disciples, proclaiming the Gospel and expressing God’s mercy and justice to all peoples everywhere.

Services from Press Pause Ministries

Desiring to be attentive to the Holy Spirit and the needs of those to whom we minister we offer a variety of services to help encourage pressing pause.

  • Concerts
  • Bible Teaching/Preaching
  • Teaching and Leading regarding Spiritual Practices
    • Lectio Divina (the devotional reading of Scripture)
    • Solitude and Silence
    • Spiritual Direction (the invitation to a relationship of co-listening for Spirit-led guidance)
    • Experiential Devotions
  • Spiritual Writing
  • Leading Day and Weekend Retreats

These types of experiences could be offered
in contexts like:

  • Church Services or Programs
  • House Concerts (or other venues)
  • Weekend and Day Retreat Opportunities (such as the Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, the Leadership Institutes “Journey” retreat, or Mount Hermon’s “Press Pause” Men’s Retreat)
  • Small Cluster/Bible Study Groups
  • Spiritual Direction Appointments
  • Leadership/Staff Retreats and Times of Refreshment
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For further information on scheduling Jon for an event please email Jon Byron through the Contact Form.


What People Are Saying

“I’ve known Jon since I was a young college pastor just starting out in ministry. He’s been a spiritual friend and encourager in my life since then. I admire his gracious, wise and resourceful soul. His ministry is a wonderful and rare combination of musical talent, speaking gifts and a spiritual director’s wisdom. I highly recommend his ministry to you. I have benefitted from it more than I know how to express.”
Alan Fadling, President and Founder of Unhurried Living, Author of An Unhurried Life


“I have known Jon for over 30 years and he has always been dedicated to nurturing depth and facilitating transformation in followers of Christ. His genuine care and gentle challenges to grow flow through both his speaking and singing ministries. Spend any amount of time with Jon and you will be touched by his ministry. More than that, you will be moved to connect more deeply with Christ.”
Jana Sundene, Associate Professor of Christian Ministries, Trinity International University, Author of Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults


“I have known Jon, grown thru Jon and ministered with Jon for over 40 years. HIs richness comes from his long times of communion with His Lord. The impact of His life, songs and teaching are transformational for they occur thru the activity of the Holy Spirit. His communication breadth extends from youth thru older adults. I highly recommended his Press Pause Ministries. Pressing Pause will be a significant time of refreshment, renewal and direction in your life.”
Dr. Chuck Miller, President, Barnabas Inc., Author of The Spiritual Formation of Leaders


The Formative Pressure Of Love

I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. Psalm 89:32-33

I have a guitar that hangs in a display case in my study. It is a testament to roughly fourteen years spent building a guitar. It reminds me often of how there is beauty to be found not only in the sound of a musical instrument, but also in the way it appears. A well built and appointed guitar is a work of art, and thus mine hangs displayed on a wall. I pull it out of the display case and play it occasionally for as beautiful as it might be to look at, its purpose is ultimately to make music. It pleases me that it not only looks good, but sounds good and thus it fulfills its purpose well.

When I was building the guitar one of the first steps involved bending the two straight wooden sides of the guitar into the curved shape that is identified with most guitars. When the two sides are brought together they form the typical hourglass figure of a guitar. But to achieve this shape those straight pieces of wood must be reshaped and reformed. To achieve the bend and curve the wood was soaked in boiling water for roughly an hour and then it was placed on a form and clamped down to the contours of that guitar shaped form. Finally, after clamping it down a blowtorch was carefully used to dry the wood out as it remained attached to the form. Having been appropriately dried, it was then assembled and glued together. It now possessed that traditional shape recognized as that of a guitar.

What I learned in this initial process was that wood has a memory and would continue to revert to it’s beginning form and memory without the application of boiling water, a blowtorch and a different shaped form to which to clamp it. If I were the piece of wood I would consider this process painful and intrusive to my existence. But all of it was done with extreme care and with the intent of forming an instrument of beauty and purpose. At no time in the process was it my intent to destroy the wood or diminish its value. On the contrary, my goal was to see something formed and enhanced that would be beautiful and serve a greater purpose.

I find that spiritual transformation is much like this. It can be a painful process of reshaping, but the intent is to produce something of beauty and purpose, pleasing to the One who loves and cares deeply for me, and you. The psalmist is able to hold in tension both the uncomfortable places of correction with the assurance of love and faithfulness that God displays. It seems that in God’s hands both can be held together. I would much prefer not to have to experience the painful aspects of transformation, but I am grateful that they are the expressions of love and faithfulness to further transform me into God’s image of beauty and purpose.

Like the wooden sides of the guitar, it often takes heat and pressure to form something of beauty and grace. Fortunately we rest in the loving and faithful hands of the master builder who is forming our lives into something more, and better, than we could ever imagine. The challenge is to trust His work and the timing and the process of that work, in our lives. This day provides ample opportunity to surrender to the love, care and formative process of Jesus as you encounter each moment. My encouragement is to stay attentive, don’t resist and watch what God unveils.

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Calendar

January 2019

January 6, 2019-Cornerstone Community Church, Chowchilla, CA, Preach and Sing
January 16-19, 2019-Journey Retreat-Paso Robles, CA, Teach, Lead Worship and Concert

February 2019

February 9, 2019- Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Modesto, CA, Teach
February 10, 2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA., Music

March 2019

March 16-17, 2019-Valley Church, Cupertino, CA-“Be Still” Day Retreat, Saturday Evening Concert, Lead Sunday Worship

April 2019

May 2019

May 7-10, 2019-Journey Retreat, Pine Springs Retreat Center, Mountain Center, CA.-Teach and Lead worship
May 18, 2018-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, Modesto, CA, Teach

Music

Send a check payable to Jon Byron for the price of the CD plus $2 shipping and handling. Please mail your check to: Jon Byron, 4413 Touraine Parc Lane, Modesto, CA 95356. Or you can order at www.cdbaby.com or Itunes.

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All I Really Need – $15

Available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

“Goodbye”
“Be Still”

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Holy Dance – $15

Available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

“The Rustling Of The Leaves”

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More Beneath The Surface – Double CD $25

Available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

“I Turn To You”

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This Heart Of Mine

Only available as a digital download on itunes.

“The Wind That Blows”

Contact Us

For more information about Press Pause, or Jon Byron, you may contact us at 209-556-7389, or please contact using the form below:

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