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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.

Press presspause_icon1 now so that you might experience God’s transforming presence.

 


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


Love And Leadership

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.” John 19:38

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” 1 John 4:18

I typically don’t write a great deal on the subject of leadership. I guess I feel there are people that are more qualified and have researched the subject more than I. But to be honest, I think it is that the responsibility of leadership frightens me. To lead it seems one must have knowledge of both the destination and direction, which I’m not always sure I have. Leadership involves commitment, commitment to people, commitment to a direction and destination, commitment of time and energy. I tend to like to keep my options open which can lend itself to being very non-committal in life and relationships. With this sort of introduction you might be surprised to learn I’ve been committed in marriage to my wife Francie for over forty years. I guess I am able to keep some significant commitments.

But my understanding of leadership has often included things like position, authority, self-confidence, right answers and clear vision. Most of those I feel I have in short supply. But Jesus, in His well known comments to His disciples regarding leadership, places far more emphasis on serving others than on accomplishing a task or realizing a vision (Mark 10:42-45). It isn’t that those other things are not significant, but that the way they are ultimately achieved may not be by imposing ones will, but by sacrificing one’s life.

In John’s Gospel account, Jesus is removed from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea. It says that Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, though secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. Later, in John 20, in the post resurrection appearance to the apostles it says that they were in an upper room with the door locked for fear of the Jewish leaders. There, Jesus appeared to them, having come into the room though the doors remained locked. His word to them was “Peace be with you.” In both these incidents the responses of the disciples were influenced by a fear, not of the public or of the Romans, but of the Jewish leadership.

I believe that leadership that instills fear may not be the best representation of the way of Jesus. I think at times the leadership and powerbrokers within the church can create a climate of fear and a lack of safe space in which to share authentically. Service that is birthed from this kind of a climate may tend to be more performance based rather than motivated by love.

When I think of the cross at this season of Lent I find that it is a horrific symbol of an immensely beautiful truth. It reminds me of the great, unfathomable love of God. It is a place we gather around as human beings and watch the love of God demonstrated in Jesus Christ for all humanity. As horrifying as it is, the cross is not ultimately a place of fear but a place of love, God’s love poured out in abundance. The cross is the undeniable symbol of God’s love poured out in Christ Jesus.

John writes in the fourth chapter of his first epistle that, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”. There was something experienced at the foot of the cross that made it safe to come out of hiding for Joseph of Arimathea. I believe it was in facing the enormity of God’s love expressed in Jesus at the crucifixion that Joseph felt safe to come forward as His disciple. His experience of the cross enabled him to not fear the religious leaders who resisted the way of Jesus. It was the environment of the cross that provided a safe context to be authentic and real.

I believe leadership in the church needs to reflect the kind of love expressed at the cross. It is the kind of love that provides a safe context in which to be authentic and real. It is an environment that is not threatened by the questions, varied opinions, perspectives or interpretations of others. It is a cooperative, rather than a competitive, community formed around the cross of Christ. In love it seeks to edify and honor those who are weaker with the grace of Christ that strengthens with His power in spite of our weakness.

This leadership seeks to provide open and safe space, bounded by the love and grace of Jesus, to express the work God is doing within each person, rather than restrict the space to what one person or group has deemed appropriate or orthodox. It seeks above all to lead others, motivated by love, so that they too may experience being faithfully and perfectly loved by Jesus.

The cross creates safe space where perfect love has driven out fear. Any church leadership is hopefully leading others to the foot of the cross where Jesus has poured out His life for the sake of love. If perfect love drives out fear, then it seems when religious leadership is instilling fear, danger and threat, it may not be leading people from the context of the cross. May we pray for the transformation that occurs when we enter the environment of safety and authenticity the cross of Christ provides, and experience His love and grace that shapes us into new creatures in Christ Jesus.

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Calendar

January

January 16, 2016, Lead half day retreat (8:30AM-1:30PM) at Journey Christian Church, Irvine, California

January 19-22, 2016, The Journey Retreat, Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA.

February

February 6, 2016, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, 9 AM-4 PM, 5153 Santa Fe Ave. Oakdale CA 95361-8251

February 28, 2016, Press Pause Evening, 6:30PM-8:30PM, 4413 Touraine Parc Lane, Modesto, CA 95356

March

March 12, 2016. Lead “Be Still” Day Retreat for Community Baptist Church Staff, Waterford, CA

April

April 26-29, 2016, The Journey Retreat, Pine Springs Ranch, Mountain Center, CA
April 30, 2016, East Hills Community Church Women’s Day Retreat, Riverside, CA

May

May 21, 2016, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, 9AM-4PM, Christ the King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA

July

July 9, 2016, Men’s Ministry Breakfast 8:30 AM, Cross Sound Church, Bainbridge Island, WA
July 10, 2016, Evening House Concert, 6:30 PM, Hosts Jim & Lisa Bernardin, 1858 Commodore Lane NW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
July 16, 2016, “Be Still” Day Retreat 9 AM, New Bridge Community Church, 812 Central Street SE, Olympia, WA
July 17, 2016, Preach, New Bridge Community Church, 812 Central Street SE, Olympia, WA
July 20, 2016, Evening Concert, Abbot David School for Spiritual Directors, Mary & Joseph Retreat Center,5300 Crest Rd. Rolling Hills, CA 90275
July 21, 2016, Morning Teaching, Abbot David School for Spiritual Directors, Mary & Joseph Retreat Center,5300 Crest Rd. Rolling Hills, CA 90275

August

August 13, 2016, Evening House Concert, 7 PM, Hosts Glenn & Julie Pickett, 3600 Linwood Place, Riverside, CA 92506-1869
August 20, 2016, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, 9AM-4PM, Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

September

September 13-16, 2018, Nigerian Journey Retreat, Jos, Nigeria, Teaching and singing
September 25, 2016, Teaching, Wellspring Christian Counselors, Oakdale, CA.
September 27-30, 2016, Teaching/worship, The Journey Retreat, Alhatti Christian Resort, Idyllwild, CA

October

October 21-23, 2016, Trabucco Hills Presbyterian Men’s Retreat, Twin Peaks Retreat Center, Arrowhead, CA
October 28-30, 2016, North Coast Community Church Singles Retreat, Palomar Christian Conference Center, Palomar Mountain, CA-Cancelled

November

November 5, 2016, Press Pause Ministries, “Be Still” Day Retreat, (location pending)
November 11-13, 2016, Mount Hermon Press Pause Men’s Reflective Retreat, Mount Hermon, CA-Cancelled
November 14-15, 2016, Calamesa Adventist Church Staff Retreat, Orange County, CA

December

December 10, 2016, Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Mini-Concert for Christmas Event
December 11, 2016, Press Pause Ministries Christmas Party, Modesto, CA

January

January 1, 2017,Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship
January 15, 2017, Mill Creek Church, Modesto, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship Service.
January 17-20, The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat,Idyllwild, CA, Teach/Lead Worship
January 30, 2017, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Modesto, CA, Lead Staff “Be Still” Day Retreat.

February

February 4, 2017, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Citrus Heights, CA

March

March 2, 2017, Modesto Pastor’s Lunch, Modesto, CA, Speak
March 3, 2017, North Coast Community Church Singles Event, Vista, CA, Teach/Mini Concert
March 30, 2017, Recovery Modesto, Modesto, CA, Speak

April

April 25-May2, 2017, Entrust Missions Conference, Corinth, Greece, Lead Worship

May

May 2-5, 2017, The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat,Idyllwild, CA, Teach/Lead Worship
 
May 12, 2017, Patterson Christian Fellowship Men’s Retreat, Twain Hart, CA, Speak and Sing
May 20, 2017, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA

June

July

July 9, 2017, Officiate Wedding for Elly Byron and Todd Frickey, Minneapolis, MN
July 16, 2017 Grace Point Church, New Brighton, MN, Sing in Morning Service and Evening Concert
July 28-29, 2017-Spiritual Direction School Retreat, Palos Verdes, CA, PM Concert and AM Teaching

August

August 19, 2017 Press Pause Ministries 7PM House Concert, 617 Calle De Soto, San Clemente, CA, Singing
August, 26, 2017,9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Asilomar, CA

September

September 15-17, 2017, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Thousand Oaks All Church Retreat, Carpenteria, CA, Speak and Sing

October

October 3-6, 2017, The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat, Mountain Center, CA, Teach and Sing

November

November 11, 2017, 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,
November 26, 2017, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Modesto, CA, Preach in services

December

December 17, 2017, Press Pause Ministries Christmas Party, 4413 Touraine Parc Lane, Modesto, CA,

January

January 30, 2018, Redeemer Church Staff, 820 H Street, Modesto, CA 95354, Teach/Sing

February

February 3, 2018, 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,
February 4, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
February 11, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.

March

March 11, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.

April

April 8, 2018, Escalon Presbyterian Church,1612 1st St, Escalon, CA 95320, 10:30 AM, Worship/Sing
April 15, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
April 21, 2018, 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, 617 Calle de Soto San Clemente CA. 92672
April 21, 2018, 7:30 PM Concert, Canvas Church, Irvine, CA.

May

May 1-4, 2018-The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat, Mountain Center, CA, Teach and Sing
May 19, 2018-9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,
May 27, 2018-North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.

June

June 5, 2018-Video Conference for Spiritual Direction Journey Cohort-Teaching
June 17, 2018-Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship

July

July 1, 2018-North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
July 8, 2018-Escalon Presbyterian Church, 1612 1st Street, Escalon, CA, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service 10:30 AM.
July 12, 2018-Mount Hermon Christian Conference Family Camp, Mount Hermon, CA-Teach Thursday Breakout Session-11:15AM
July 17, 2018-Mount Hermon Christian Conference Family Camp, Mount Hermon, CA-Teach Tuesday Breakout Session-11:15AM
July 22, 2018-First Presbyterian Church Upland, 869 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91786, Morning Service 10AM, Worship & Special Music
July 25, 2018-Flipside Church-10912 Jersey Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, Encourage/Teach Staff

August

August 5, 2018-North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
August 14, 2018-Mount Hermon Christian Conference Family Camp, Mount Hermon, CA-Teach Tuesday Breakout Session-11:15AM
August 25, 2018 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,

September

September 13-16, 2018-The Journey Retreat Nigeria Mission Trip, Teach & Sing
September 28-30, 2018-Riverbend Church, Bend, Oregon, Lead Press Pause Weekend for Church

October

October 2-5, 2018-The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat, Mountain Center, CA, Teach and Sing

November

November 6, 2018-Journey Spiritual Direction Virtual Video Conference/Meeting, Teaching
November 10, 2018,9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,

December

December 30, 2018-Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship

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

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

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