“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”-I Timothy 5:17
When was the last time you let your pastor know that you appreciate his dedication, service, and leadership? Pastor Appreciation Month is observed in October, and this is an excellent time to share your gratitude! I am grateful for my pastor, Supt. C. A. Stevenson, who motivated me to create this “Man of Honor” series. When you have an awesome pastor, it is easy to recognize and support others!
It has been a privilege to honor Pastor Marcus Carruthers as the first “Man of Honor!” He has inspired his spiritual family to serve in many ways! Isn’t he worthy of “double honour?” I salute his legacy as a charitable giver, and I hope his life has been an inspiration to you! You may visit the Dwelling Place Church website to learn more about the marvelous work that he is doing. Here are his answers to some interview questions:
1. What experience(s) caused you to go into the ministry?
When I was in Corporate America at the peak of my career, I had just been featured in “Computer World” magazine. You would think I would have been on top of the world, but I was not! I was empty! Through a time of prayer and fasting, God showed me that He wanted me to move from living a life of success to a life of significance. This began my surrender to ministry. My focus moved from impacting the bottom line to impacting the lives of people for Jesus Christ.
2. What motivates you to help charitable causes?
I am motivated by my love and gratitude to God. God has been good to me! I show Him my appreciation by serving others and meeting physical needs with a desire to ultimately meet spiritual needs. When I serve others, I serve God! Matthew 25:40 says, “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” I want people to see Jesus in me even before they hear me talk about Him. I am committed to life-service, not lip-service!
3. After asking me about being “God’s Instrument,” what led you to fast/pray with me?
God! When I see God moving, it gets my attention! After praying, God told me to encourage and support you. He also gave me the following scripture to remind me of the power of unity in prayer: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”-Matthew 18:19-20
4. Describe your experience as Chaplain for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
As Chaplain, I have the privilege of tending to the spiritual well-being of the student-athletes, coaches, etc. It gives me another platform to engage, equip, and empower people to become who God has created them to be. I encourage the athletes to recognize that their ability is a gift from God. I also encourage them to tell God, “Thank you,” by maximizing that gift.
5. What are your hopes for your church family?
…spiritual maturity and God-given purposes fulfilled. This is my prayer at the end of each person’s journey-as he/she stands before God: He will say, “Well done! You fulfilled the purpose that was deposited in you in the generation that I placed you in.”