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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


The Feast Underneath The Table

“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Mark 7:28

We celebrated Easter a couple of weeks ago, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was a great day in many ways, one of which was being with family for a meal together. At this stage of life there are not only my children, but their children as well and the table typically set for the meal is not quite large enough to accommodate us all. My daughter-in-law, who hosted the meal, is sharp and had recognized the challenge. She had set up a table in another room close by where all my grand children could enjoy a meal with limited adult supervision. Just that made the meal a bit more exciting. I could hear the conversation and threshold of chaos, but I could ignore it because it was in another room away from what I could see. The adults gathered at the main table and the kids at their table, all except for my oldest grandchild, who wanted to have a seat at the adult table and not be in charge of her younger siblings and cousins in the other room. Her mom had arranged it so she sat in with all of us, which I’m sure was greatly appreciated. Surprisingly, everything went well in that other room exclusively arranged for children. This was a test of my faith since I expected to have them eating each other by the end of the meal…but they all survived. My faith is growing!

I remember those days growing up when I was relegated to another room with a seat at the children’s table. As I got older I wanted to be treated as “more mature” and to be offered a seat at the adult table. It was a way of being respected and valued. The meal was pretty much the same, but the company was much more sophisticated. I find that there are still many occasions where I want to be invited to sit at the adult table, the place of influence, sophistication and honor. I want the respect associated with that table and feel that to some degree I’ve earned a place at that table through at least age and experience, if not some measure of talent. It is one of those places of entitlement in my life and it betrays the insecurity I feel at being marginalized as irrelevant or obsolete. To be honest, I struggle with these insecurities daily and I know God wants to heal these places of brokenness manifested in my fears, vanity and pride that express themselves in my sense of entitlement. I want the respect that a place at the adult table indicates.

There is a story of a Gentile woman who came to Jesus in an outlying region while He was trying to go unnoticed. In their exchange the woman expressed her desperate concern for her daughter who was under the influence of an unclean spirit. She begged Jesus to drive out the demon and free her daughter. Jesus seemed in His response to not only dismiss the woman, but also identify her as a dog. It doesn’t sound to me like an appropriate or compassionate response from Jesus. She has not only been told there is not a seat at the adult’s table, but no seat available for her at the children’s table either. Whereas I might have resented the inference and the unkind characterization of Jesus, this woman persists and responds in a way that reveals something more insightful. She sees the feast under the table.

This woman had faith that even a crumb from Jesus would be more than enough to satisfy the desire of her heart. This woman was willing to humbly identify with the dogs to receive even a possible crumb from Jesus. She made a feast of the scraps, the crumbs, and the leftovers from the table Jesus had prepared. In that place beneath the table, the place associated with the dogs, she discovered the fulfillment and satisfaction of the desire of her heart.

Here’s the thing, if we choose to obsess over a place at the table we may miss the feast available underneath the table. Our obsession with a seat at the table, the place of perceived influence, honor and respect, may prevent us from experiencing the feast underneath that is seen with the eyes of faith, received with humility and celebrated with gratefulness.

The woman in faith, humility and gratitude was able to discover the abundance of Jesus underneath the table comprised of the crumbs, scraps and leftovers. It was there, in the space underneath, the place of humiliation and helplessness that this woman not only found the answer to her prayer, but also the honor bestowed upon her by Jesus. In the Matthew’s Gospel account of this story Jesus responds to this woman’s remarkably insightful answer with these words, “Woman, you have great faith!” (Matthew 15:28). Because she was able to hear something more in the words of Jesus than just His priority regarding the children of Israel, she became an influential witness, an example of great faith, written down in the pages of the Bible.

My pride and vanity, my sense of entitlement, can often prevent me from experiencing all Jesus has for me in the humble, obscure and seemingly less significant and respectful places of my life. I love the honor, influence and respect that comes from sitting in the front row, reserved seats. But I’m discovering that my life is comprised of far more small, less prominent and humble places than it is the big, splashy and widely influential places. It’s a dogs life, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing when Jesus spills over the crumbs of His life-giving bread. The question for all of us is, will you have the eyes to recognize the feast under the table available to those willing to identify with the dogs? May you have this day the faith, humility and gratitude to receive what Jesus makes available to you in what seem like crumbs, scraps and leftovers, falling generously from His table. You may be surprised at how fulfilling and life changing these morsels are. Enjoy the song here, as well!

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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”

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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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