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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


Relationships And Solitude

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone….” Genesis 2:18
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16

I have entered the first month of a new year and I find that it is not that much different than the old year. This realization can be somewhat challenging considering what the last year has been like. There have been difficult circumstances and realities that have in many ways defined the world in which we live. Whether it is our health and well-being, the economic uncertainties or the political landscape, it seems that everyone has to some degree been adversely effected this last year.

I have personally found it is helpful to remember the spiritual rhythms that keep me attentive to my relationship with Jesus, His word and His work, while in the midst of difficult times. My friend and mentor Chuck Miller used to say that communion leads to community. In other words, my vertical rhythms of abiding in Christ were to give foundation to my horizontal rhythms of connecting with, and relating to, others. There is a symbiotic relationship between my rhythms of solitude, being present to God alone, and rhythms of relationship with others. Both were essential to my growth in the life God intended for me and I believe are needed rhythms in life now.

I’ve been advised in this new year that sheltering in place, limited contact with others and avoidance of social gatherings is a prudent way to respond to some of the ongoing health concerns throughout the world. It is not necessarily my preference, but I am attempting not to elevate my preferences above the concern for others. In it all, I find it wise to stay connected to God’s will and wisdom in the midst. I believe He sees and knows my circumstances and the best course to follow. That being said, I can’t dismiss my relational needs in this time. Fortunately there are, at this time, alternate ways to connect that help me continue to pursue and cultivate relationships. I am daily challenged to nourish relationships in the midst of whatever my circumstances are. I believe, based on my reading of the Bible, that I have an imbedded and intended interest in relationship.

God says in Genesis 2 that it is not good for humanity to be alone. It is fascinating that though God was relating to the first soul into which He breathed life, still humanity was in need of others similar to themselves with whom they could connect. The bottom line is we were created to be in relationship; first with God and then with others created in His image.

This need has become increasingly clear in the season of pandemic. We are more isolated and alone as we shelter in place. There are fewer places to go, to gather and encounter others. The effects of this sense of ongoing isolation has manifested itself in various ways. Some of these manifestations are healthier than others. But the long term effects of this imposed isolation is not completely known, but there are indications that it is provoking greater anxiety, fear, anger, hopelessness and resignation, none of which cause humanity to thrive.

But there is also a sense in the Bible that our relational needs do not preclude or exclude the call for solitude. Though Jesus, fully human and fully divine, was highly relational, He still often withdrew to lonely, isolated places to pray. He left the public and external relational space to enter into the private and internally activated place of connection with God who encompasses, yet transcends the human condition. Jesus even led His disciples into lonely places of solitude away from the crowds and external activities to rest and be restored.

It seems that as essential to human growth and health as relationships are, there is also a need for the movement into solitude and silence, the inner room described in Matthew 6:6, where the door to the outside world has been shut, where we can encounter the God who is larger than our humanity and initiates His own covenant relationship with us. In the space of solitude, withdrawn from this world, we are available to the still, small voice of God’s whisper. It is there our deepest relational hunger is addressed. It is there the energy directed into human relationship is discovered. In fact, it is my belief that the appropriate experience of solitude enhances and better shapes my relationships.
It is in solitude that the hospitable space for others to enter and grow is manifested and carried back into our human relationships. So in this pandemic where isolation is more prevalent and at times required, possibly you can discover God’s space of solitude. Possibly you can begin to redefine the isolation associated with pandemic as an opportunity to experience the solitude, which provides space for a deeper listening, a deeper awareness and attention, for God’s still small voice which shapes and empowers all other relationships.

I am praying for God’s help for the world in this time of pandemic and unrest. But in the moments where the unexpected and unwanted isolation leads to fear and anxiety, I am attempting to instead practice solitude and silence through which hospitable space for the loving and powerful presence of Jesus can be experienced. Then, from that place of solitude and silence I long to be empowered to engage in relationship and conversation with others in life-giving ways. May your isolation provide you the same opportunity and may your encounter with Jesus in the hospitable space He provides, bear the fruit of love in all your relational experiences. I’ve included here a song with the intent of furthering your experience and meditation on the Lord. May it bring encouragement.

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Tools for Life & Ministry

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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, 2019-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, Modesto, CA, Teach

June 2019

June 30,2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church, 10:30 AM Worship & special music, Escalon, CA

July 2019

July 21, 2019-Cornerstone Community Church, Chowchilla, CA-AM Worship Service, Preach and Sing,
July 24, 2019-Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church-Orange City Iowa-Wednesday Evening House Concert
July 26, 2019-Orchard Hill Church, Grundy Center, IA, Friday Evening House Concert
July 28, 2019-GracePoint Church, New Brighton, MN, Morning Service-Preach and Sing

August 2019

August 2, 2019-Rhythm of Grace, Prairie Ridge, KS- Friday Evening House Concert/Cantus Divina
August 24, 2019-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat 9AM-4PM-Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA
August 25, 2019-Santiago House Concert, 6:30 PM-Arroyo Grande, CA

September 2019

September 13, 2019-Stephan House Concert, 6 PM- San Mateo, CA

October 2019

October 1-4, 2019-TLI Journey Retreat, Pine Springs Ranch, Mountain Center, CA-Teach/Worship
October 13, 2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church 10:30AM Worship Service-Preach/Sing
October 27, 2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church 4PM-6PM-Teach on Healthy Spiritual Rhythms

November 2019

November 2, 2019-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM-Modesto, CA

December 2019

December 8, 2019-Press Pause Ministries Christmas Gathering-Modesto, CA-Teach/Sing

January 2020

January 19, 2020-First Presbyterian Church Upton-Upton, CA-Sing in Worship Service.
January 26, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-Escalon, CA-Evening Concert 6:30 PM

February 2020

February 1, 2020-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM-Modesto, CA
February 2, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-Escalon, CA-Worship Morning Service

March 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.

April 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.

May 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.
May 16, 2020-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat, 9AM-4PM

June 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.

July 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.
July 19, 2020-Southside Community Church-Preach & Sing

August 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.
August 22, 2020-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat, 9AM-4PM

September 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom

October 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
October 4, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
October 11, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
October 18, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service

November 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
November 14, 2020-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat on Zoom, 9AM-4PM

December 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
December 27, 2020-Southside Community Church-Preach & Sing Morning

January 2021

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

February 2021

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
February 6, 2021-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat on Zoom, 9AM-4PM

March 2021

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

April 2021

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

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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