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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


Focused Once More

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22

When my son was small I remember the delight he experienced when I would throw him up in the air. It was a moment when he would scream with a big smile on his face. The words that came out of his mouth were “higher, higher!, and I was more than happy to accommodate. I would throw him up a little, then more and then finally toward the apex of the vaulted ceiling in our home. There were moments when his delight was tempered with the hint of fear, but that was, in some ways, healthy. It was important to me that my son not only enjoyed the experience, but also respected the danger involved.

All this fun and excitement hinged upon trust. This kind of trust didn’t just happen, but was the result of time spent in relationship and discovering safety and security in my arms, whether I was holding tightly or lifting him high and releasing him into the air. With time he came to believe that I was there not only to throw him up, like a small projectile, but also to catch him as he plummeted back to earth.

We all are in the process of cultivating some sense of faith. It really has to do with figuring out who we think we can trust. Often those connections of trust are damaged by deep wounds and the scar tissue left behind. Those wounds tend to make us less vulnerable, more guarded and generally less trusting of others. Trust, it seems, is somewhat fragile. So, it is often the case that we come to trust only ourselves, our experience, or our own resources. We can remain somewhat suspect of others, their words, their actions and their character guarding ourselves against possible future disappointment. We tend, in this posture, to build more barriers than bridges. We tend, in this posture, to become more isolating than communal.

What we can easily forget is that faith, or trust, is essential to healthy relationships. Trust enables vulnerability which in turn enables intimacy. These qualities are hallmarks of good relationships. In my limited experience, it seems that trust takes time and effort to cultivate, while it takes very little time or effort to compromise. The axiom seems to be, “Faith is nurtured by faithfulness.” When, in relationship, you discover faithful behaviors and faithfulness to what is said, trust is engendered. When, in relationship, you discover a lack of faithfulness manifested in deception, denial, broken promises and betrayal, trust diminishes and is easily replaced by cynicism. And cynicism will never help cultivate deep relationships.

Yet, it has been my experience that words and actions faithfully practiced over time nurture trust. Being faithful with my words and actions takes a concerted effort. In all honesty, my faithfulness and trustworthiness will always be flawed at some level. In humility I must admit that I am not always the paradigm of faithfulness. I have failed at commitments, created expectations that I could never fulfill and broken trust by both words and actions. Ask my wife and children. Yet, as flawed as I am, I still believe that building trust is worth the effort, even when I have failed miserably. Confessing honestly and taking responsibility for my betrayals and failures often is this first step, though not the last step by any means, in restoring trust.

Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” In encouraging faith in God Jesus was communicating something about God’s character of faithfulness. Throughout the sacred Scriptures one of the chief attributes associated with God is faithfulness. Throughout time God has proven, over and over again, to be faithful to humanity. He has specifically illustrated this faithfulness through His relationship with the children of Israel. As God called this group of people into relationship He made a commitment, a covenant, with them that was defined by His promise to be with them and bless them, and through them bless all humanity. The story of this relationship shows God’s continued faithfulness to His promise throughout history. God was laying the foundation for trust by His faithful actions on behalf of Israel, and on behalf of humanity. It is why God is so often associated with faithfulness by the words of His people witnessed to in the Bible.
When Jesus says, “Have faith in God.” it is based upon the rich history of God’s faithfulness to humanity. The foundation for the experience of a trusting relationship with God is that God has shown Himself trustworthy. God has taken the time and made the effort to speak honestly, fulfill His promises at the appropriate time, do what He says and generally behave in a trustworthy manner. He has lived this way with all of His creation since the beginning. Though humanity has broken faith with God on numerous occasions, God has never been unfaithful to His Word of faithfulness.

Having laid a foundation of faithfulness upon which a healthy relationship can be built, the appropriate response to God is to trust Him, to let down our guard, be vulnerable and experience the intimacy He longs to share with us. We best respond by becoming focused once more on God who is trustworthy. What we will discover is that God continues to respond faithfully to us even we fail at our own attempts to be faithful. He longs that we would discover in Him someone more worthy of trust than ourselves. He longs to break down the barriers of fear, defensiveness and cynicism so that we might experience His fellowship and life to the fullest. He longs for us to rest in the assurance that He is there for us always, faithfully embracing us with His great and abiding love.

As we risk the leap across the chasm of fear and doubt into His arms He is faithful to catch us. Have faith in God. As you continue your journey this day, what are the ways God has expressed His faithfulness to you? What is the new place of trust to which He is calling you? May this day be filled with the awareness of God’s faithful presence, there to catch you, love you and lead you as you continue on with Him. May you also extend His faithful love in your relationships with others this day.

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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 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.

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”

MoreBeneaththeSurface

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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