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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


A Soul Starved For Oxygen

When I was a young boy I used to enjoy swimming in the pool underwater. Having been exposed to adventure stories involving submarines, bathyspheres, scuba divers and the like, I was hooked. Much of my time swimming was spent discovering more ways to stay under the water for longer periods of time. With practice I was able to hold my breath for longer and longer stretches of time. I could eventually swim four lengths of a forty-foot pool under the surface all in one breath. But at the end of the swim I would rush to the surface gasping for air. Thinking about it now it seems pretty foolish and a waste of time. But one of the side advantages of all this holding my breath was that I developed a fairly large lung capacity, which assisted me in playing sports, playing the flute and harmonica, as well as singing. Unfortunately as I get older my lungs seem to be smaller and less elastic. Holding one’s breath is a neat trick, but it wasn’t meant to be the way we lived our lives.

We were meant to breath, to take a breath, breath in and breath out. It is the way we were created to function in this atmosphere. That first breath that a newborn baby inhales was not meant to last them the rest of their lives, but to be followed by an ongoing series and rhythm of inhaling and exhaling. The reality is that when we cease to breath for too long an interval, we deprive our brains of the oxygen needed and we ultimately die. Life and breathing are connected. Living as a human being is dependent on breathing.

In the same way our physical bodies require breathing in the oxygenated air of earth’s atmosphere, so too in the spiritual life, our soul needs to inhale the atmosphere of the Spirit to sustain life. The book of Genesis in the Bible says, “God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of life, and he became a living soul (or being). The first breath for humanity was the breath of the Creator. It is this breath that animated and empowered humanity. The human soul was created to breathe in the atmosphere and oxygen of God.

Yet, too often I starve my soul of the atmosphere and oxygen of God, trying to hold my breath and operate on some imaginary reserve tank of spiritual air. I take a deep breath of God’s atmosphere in church on Sundays and hope that it will last me the rest of the week. It rarely lasts past the church parking lot. All the poisonous pollutants of this world seem to surround me and compel me to inhale what is less than life sustaining. At the same time, what I tend to exhale, after breathing this counterfeit atmosphere of the world, is less spiritual, manifesting itself in poisonous and polluted thoughts, words and deeds. In the same way a baby shifts from breathing the liquid atmosphere of the womb to breathing in the atmosphere outside the womb, we must shift from the old atmosphere of the decaying and dying world and practice breathing in the atmosphere of the life-giving Spirit of God.

Paul says in Ephesians 5:18 that we are to “be filled with the Spirit”. The Spirit is to be what animates and influences our lives as those who follow Jesus. Jesus appeared to His disciples in the upper room after the resurrection. There He spoke to them and said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-22). It seems entirely appropriate that Jesus would send His disciples out into the atmosphere of this world well equipped with the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit. To do otherwise would have left them spiritually gasping for air, and eventually lead to a shriveled, less mature, and possibly dead soul.

Since we have the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit always available to us by faith, we need but make the effort to breathe, to practice our breathing, to inhale deeply of what God provides of His word and Spirit. And then to exhale generously what is from God. This is not something we do once a week, or even once a day, but is a “moment by moment” awareness and practice. It is the discipline to remember that we are surrounded by the presence of love, grace and mercy in the person of Jesus through His Holy Spirit, and we need to breathe in and out of the oxygen He provides.

There is no need to have a soul starved for the rich oxygen of the Spirit. It is presently abundant and available to all who would avail themselves. My encouragement to you is to not limit your breathing to a few times during the week, but inhale deeply throughout each day the gift of The Holy Spirit, God’s atmosphere for the soul. Spiritual disciplines can be considered ways we make space to take a breath in our lives of God’s Spirit. There are many spiritual practices that might assist you in your daily, weekly or monthly spiritual rhythms of pause. One such spiritual discipline is repeating the “Jesus Prayer” (Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner) at various intervals throughout the day. This is just one way you might remind yourself to breathe from the atmosphere of God’s Spirit. May the Lord remind and enable you to press pause often to take a breath from the rich atmosphere He provides to sustain and nourish the soul.

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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

April 21-27-TLI Journey Appalachia-Teach and Sing-Knoxville, TN
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

May 2021

May 2, 9, 16, 23-Escalon Presbyterian Church-Teach on Personal Bible Study-Four Sundays at 9AM
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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