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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


Responding To What Is

“They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.” Matthew 15:37

There are often times in my life when I am overwhelmed by the circumstances in which I find myself. These circumstances tend to reveal my limitations, my lack of skills or inadequate resources. The feelings that accompany these moments are often fear, frustration, discouragement and anger. In these times I often walk away with a headache. One of the chief circumstantial causes of these feelings is change. Change disrupts whatever the status quo has been. Change introduces different and potentially new variables into my life. Change of circumstances requires an adjustment on my part and it may be an adjustment I don’t really want to make.

My tendency is to do my best to avoid those kinds of overwhelming circumstances as best I can. This mostly proves to be a fruitless endeavor. Though I may escape for a time what is overwhelming, eventually it seems to catch up to me. In those moments I often choose to focus on what I don’t have available rather than what is available. It pulls me into the “glass half empty” mentality. My frustration with being overwhelmed by circumstances will often influence and shape my responses to others. I easily become moody, impatient, harsh or blaming in my interpersonal relationships. It is not pretty, nor is it the way I would want to be identified by others.

Having read the story of Jesus feeding four thousand people, I am amazed by the response He has in what I would characterize as overwhelming circumstances. He sees the large crowd of people not as an inconvenience or intrusion, but as people for whom He has compassion. He sees their need after three days for food and doesn’t want to send them away hungry. He is not so concerned about Himself as He is for others. He sees and feels differently than I do faced with what might be considered an overwhelming circumstance.

I identify much more with the disciples who find the task of feeding a large hungry crowd immediately impossible and recognize the limitations of their resources. They are faced with a challenge larger than themselves or what they possess. In that moment, out in the remote place, they see how access to food for so many will be a problem they cannot solve based on what they have. For them it might be better to have less compassion and more pragmatism.

Instead of lamenting what is not available Jesus asks and gives thanks for what is available, as limited as it might be. He does not complain about the seven loaves and the few very small fish, but He takes it and begins by giving thanks. The disciples were witnesses of gratefulness to God for what was available. Too much of my time is spent frustrated that I don’t have enough of whatever to meet the demands of what is.

Jesus gave thanks for the resources available and He proved to the disciples again that ultimately their best resource in every kind of circumstance is Jesus. The gifts of bread and fish they had received and relied upon were nothing compared with the gift that Jesus had been, was and would be in their lives. When they were overwhelmed by the storm the gift and resource was Jesus. When the crowds brought out all the broken and sick to the mountainside, the gift and resource was Jesus. When humanity was lost, suffering and in bondage to sin, the gift and resource was Jesus. And it is still the same now. When I become enamored with the things and resources of this world I may miss the primary gift that is Jesus. When I am overwhelmed it is Jesus who possesses all the wisdom and power and provision I need to meet the challenge. His presence with me and for me is something for which I can be constantly grateful.

As Easter approaches the Passover meal will be shared before His final suffering and death on the cross. In that meal the bread will be broken and the cup poured out as symbols of the life Jesus gives for the sake of humanity and their redemption and salvation. But Jesus gives the life He has with gratefulness. He does not complain to His Father about the limited resources available, but gratefully and humbly places all He is and all He has in the hands of the Father to be broken and shared with all humanity for their salvation.

Everyday, in the midst of overwhelming circumstances, I can take heart and be grateful for God’s greatest gift and resource, Jesus, accompanies me, broken and poured out for me. It is the meal of heaven provided by Jesus to first be experienced and then shared with everyone. It is the resource that expands my capacity to have compassion like Jesus in overwhelming circumstances. It is His very presence offered in relationship that enables and empowers a different response to the tumult of overwhelming change experienced in my circumstances. It is His presence with me that inspires compassion rather than frustration, patience rather than impatience, kindness rather than anger and sacrifice rather than selfishness. As I watch Jesus, listen to Jesus and follow Jesus, I witness His compassion and thankfulness in the midst of all the various places of my journey. He provides for me not only the right example but, the abundant power to be transformed in all my responses and all my being to be more like Him.

Today I encourage you to respond to the presence and capacity of Jesus to meet every circumstance with grace, mercy and love. Our trust reliance and security is that He will provide not just enough, but more than enough to satisfy all the world needs. He is out greatest gift and resource and with Him everyday has more than enough reason to be grateful.

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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 22, 2021-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” day retreat
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

June 2021

June 13, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service-Special music
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

July 2021

July 4, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
July 18, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
July 23, 2021-Orchard Hill Church, Grundy Center, IA, Friday Evening House Concert
July 25, 2021-Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, MN, Sunday 9AM service-Lead Worship
July 28, 2021-Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church-Orange City Iowa-Wednesday Evening House Concert
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

August 2021

August 1, 2021-GracePoint Church, New Brighton, MN, Morning Service-Preach/Sing-Evening Concert
August 4, 2021-Lakes Free Church, Lindstrom, MN-Evening Concert
August 21, 2021-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM, Wellspring Church, Pacific Grove, CA
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

September 2021

September 18, 2021-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM (Postponed)
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
September 26, 2021-Church of the Cross Modesto, CA-Preaching

October 2021

October 3, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA-assist as musician in morning worship service
October 10, 2021-First Presbyterian Church, Upland, CA-Morning
Special Music
October 17, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA-Lead morning worship
October 22, 2021-Journey Nigeria Zoom Presentation on worship
October 26-28, 2021-Journey Retreat Pine Spring Ranch, Mountain Center, CA-Teach/Lead Worship

November 2021

November 13, 2021-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat
November 21-Cornerstone Church, Chowchilla, CA, Preach
November 28, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA-Lead morning worship

December 2021

December 5, 12, 19, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA, Teach Adult Class
December 26-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA, Preach

January 2022

January 30, 2022-Escalon Presbyterian Church-Escalon, CA-Preach/sing

February 2022

February 5, 2022-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat-Modesto, CA
February 27, 2022-Community Baptist Church-Waterford, CA-Preach/Sing

March 2022

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”

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